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Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport

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Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Olbia-Costa Smeralda) (IATA: OLB, ICAO: LIEO) is an airport in Olbia, Sardinia. It is the primary operating base for Italian airline Air Italy whose headquarters are located at the airport. It mostly handles seasonal holiday flights from destinations in Europe and is managed by Geasar S.p.A.

Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport

Aeroporto di Olbia-Costa Smeralda
Logo Olbia Costa Smeralda.png
Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smeralda Taxistand.jpg
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorGeasar S.p.A.
LocationOlbia, Italy
Focus city forAir Italy
Elevation AMSL37 ft / 11 m
Coordinates40°53′09″N 09°31′01″E / 40.88583°N 9.51694°E / 40.88583; 9.51694Coordinates: 40°53′09″N 09°31′01″E / 40.88583°N 9.51694°E / 40.88583; 9.51694
OLB is located in Sardinia
Location of airport in Sardinia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,445 8,025 Concrete / Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passenger change 14–15Increase +5.3%
Aircraft movements28,272
Movements change 14–15Decrease -1%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]


Terminal building and control tower

A military airfield was opened at Olbia (then Terranova Pausania) in 1921, and a seaplane base was inaugurated close to the Isola Bianca harbour in 1927, although poor loads from the island on the flights to Ostia and Cagliari led to the service's stop in Terranova being discontinued in 1929. The airfield and seaplane base were targeted by Allied bombing in World War II, and the Germans opened another airfield 4.5 miles west of the town, which was renamed Olbia in 1945.

Commercial flights gradually returned and in 1963 the Olbia-based airline Alisarda was formed. It successfully expanded its route network, introducing jet flights in 1972, and it was renamed Meridiana in 1991. However, the introduction of jet aircraft necessitated the building of a larger airport nearer the city; the current airport was completed in 1974.

Following 3 years of work, a new terminal covering 42,000 square metres and capable of handling 4.5 million passengers per year was unveiled on June 6, 2004. Costing a total of €81 million, the structure was designed by Willem Brouwer Architects and incorporated the original terminal building, which was developed into a 3000-square metre retail area. The new building has 40 check-in desks and ten boarding gates, five of which are equipped with jet bridges. It contains a wide variety of shops and restaurants, a wine bar, a small art gallery, and indoor garden areas featuring local flora.

The airport also is home to the Tourist Management department of the University of Sassari.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Olbia: [3][4]

airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Italy Milan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Turin, Verona
AlitaliaSeasonal: Bologna, Genoa, Milan–Linate, Naples, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Trieste
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British AirwaysSeasonal: London–Heathrow
Brussels AirlinesSeasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich
Corendon Airlines Europe[5] Seasonal: Nuremberg (begins May 23, 2020)
Danish Air Transport
Seasonal: Catania easyJet
London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin–Schönefeld, Berlin Tegel, Bristol, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Nantes, Naples, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Toulouse, Venice
easyJet Switzerland
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva Edelweiss Air
Seasonal: Zürich Enter Air
Seasonal charter: Katowice (begins 7 June 2020),[6] Poznań (begins 7 June 2020),[6] Warsaw–Chopin (begins 7 June 2020)[6]Eurowings
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Stuttgart Flybair
Seasonal: Bern (begins 2 May 2020)[7]Helvetic Airways
Seasonal charter: Bern, Zürich Iberia
Seasonal: Madrid Lufthansa
Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich Neos
Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa, Verona Norwegian Air Shuttle
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda People's
Seasonal charter: Vienna Private Wings
Seasonal: Aosta[8]S7 Airlines
Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo, St Petersburg Scandinavian Airlines
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda Smartwings
Seasonal: Bratislava, Prague Smartwings Poland
Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin[9]Sundair
Seasonal charter: Paderborn Swiss International Air Lines
Seasonal: Geneva Transavia
Amsterdam Transavia France
Seasonal: Paris-Orly TUI Airways
Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester TUI fly Belgium
Seasonal: Brussels Volotea
Seasonal: Ancona (begins 12 June 2020),[10] Bari, Bordeaux, Genoa, Marseille (begins 12 June 2020),[11] Nantes, Naples, Palermo, Pisa (begins 12 June 2020),[12] Strasbourg, Turin, Venice


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  2. ^ "Statistiche Dicembre 2014".
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  5. ^ "Flights to Nuremberg".
  6. ^ a b c "Charter flights".
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  9. ^ "air and charter tickets".
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