Forlì Airport

Forlì International Airport (IATA: FRL, ICAO: LIPK), also known as Luigi Ridolfi Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Forlì - "L. Ridolfi"), is an airport in Forlì, a city in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. It serves Emilia-Romagna, eastern Tuscany, specifically the metropolitan Bologna and Rimini Riviera areas. It is named for the Italian aviator Luigi Ridolfi [it]. Since 2018, it is operated by the new operating company F.A.

Forlì International Airport

Aeroporto Internazionale di Forlì - "L. Ridolfi"
Aeroporto di Forlì.jpg
Airport typePublic
LocationForlì, Italy
Hub forAeroItalia
Elevation AMSL98 ft / 30 m
Coordinates44°11′44″N 012°04′11″E / 44.19556°N 12.06972°E / 44.19556; 12.06972
FRL is located in Italy
Location of the airport in Italy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 2,560 8,399 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passenger change 11-12Decrease -24.4%
Aircraft movements3,203
Movements change 11-12Decrease -31.4%
Sources: Airport website[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]


Forlì International Airport was originally Luigi Ridolfi Airport, and dedicated by Benito Mussolini prior to WWII. Mussolini was born in the nearby town of Predappio.

On 29 March 2013, the airport was closed due to the lack of Jet-A fuel per Notam B1624/13. The management company, SEAF S.p.A.,[3] was declared bankrupt. A tender was issued by ENAC, the aviation administration, to operate the airport. The submissions were reviewed by local, regional, and pan-EU government representatives, as well as Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Maurizio Lupi. Support was put forth unanimously[4] from government for a submission by Aviacom S.r.L., Robert L Halcombe Administrator, Lotras S.p.A., and Siem S.r.L.[5] forming Air Romagna S.p.A.

The thirty-year concession was awarded on September 28, 2014, to Air Romagna S.p.A. Under the new administration, in 2016 the primary focus was to restructure general aviation operations and in 2017 to bring charter traffic and scheduled airlines. The target commercial passenger area of influence was to be Northern Europe and Scandinavia, major cities west in the European Union, and east to the Russian Federation. Then, through alliances, the intent was to connect with North American markets.

Forlì Airport was formerly used by Wizz Air, but the airline canceled all flights to Forlì. Wind Jet moved to the nearby Rimini Airport on 27 March 2011, and thereafter quit the latter too, filing for administration shortly after. Ryanair used to fly from Forlì to a number of European cities such as London-Stansted and Frankfurt-Hahn until it moved to the nearby Bologna Airport.


The airport resides at an elevation of 28 meters above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 12/30 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,560 by 45 metres (8,399 ft × 148 ft).[1] The facility upgraded to navigation Cat III(b) in 2016. A highway was completed in June 2014, providing a direct access from major north–south artery road, A-14.

Currently, new terminal space is being designed which makes use of only renewable and low carbon materials. Old fossil-fuel equipment is being phased out, to be replaced by electric vehicles. Electric power consumed at the airport must be contracted from clean, renewable sources. The airport reserved the right in all sub-concessions (services such as catering, trash, etc.) to require renewable or recycled materials and vehicles operated by renewable energy.

Forlì International Airport is also the home of three major aviation universities and training facilities, serving ENAV (air navigation and air traffic control school),[6] ENAC (pilot and cabin crew training), and aircraft certification and maintenance advance training. It similarly has attracted maintenance and manufacture of civilian drones, and the first pan-European aviation and aerospace business incubator.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter services at the airport:

AeroItalia Seasonal: Alghero, Brindisi (begins 17 June 2023),[7] Cagliari (begins 16 June 2023),[8] Catania, Comiso (begins 24 June 2023),[8] Dubrovnik (begins 15 June 2023),[8] Kefalonia (begins 25 June 2023),[8] Lampedusa (begins 17 June 2023),[7] Lourdes, Naples, Mostar, Olbia (begins 11 June 2023),[7] Oradea, Pantelleria (begins 17 June 2023),[8] Tirana, Trapani, Zadar (begins 15 June 2023),[8] Zakynthos (begins 25 June 2023)[8]
Ryanair Katowice, Palermo


Annual passenger traffic at FRL airport. See Wikidata query.


Forlì Airport is located only 4 km from the city centre and is very close to the SS9 "Via Emilia" national route.

Forlì Railway station is situated at about 5 km from the airport and travellers can connect via bus route number 7 of START Romagna (Fiera-Stazione FS-Airport-Ronco), which has a 15–30 minutes frequency on weekdays and Saturdays and a 120 minutes frequency on Sundays and public holidays. It takes 14 minutes to complete the trip.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Runway & Infrastructure. Aeroporto di Forlì - "L. Ridolfi". Accessed 24 January 2010.
  2. ^ Associazione Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Lupi rassicura sul Ridolfi: "Rientra nel Piano Aeroporti. Auspico esito positivo del bando" - RomagnaNOI". Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
  5. ^ "Arrivano gli americani: l'aeroporto Ridolfi è salvo - Cronaca -". 6 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2015-06-29.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "GoTo Fly opens sales. Flights from Forli with AeroItalia". italiavola. Retrieved 6 February 2023.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Forlì Airport at Wikimedia Commons