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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
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Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorGeasar S.p.A.
ServesOlbia
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
Websitegeasar.it
Map
OLB is located in Sardinia
OLB
OLB
Location of airport in Sardinia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,445 8,025 Concrete / Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers2,240,016
Passenger change 14–15Increase +5.3%
Aircraft movements28,272
Movements change 14–15Decrease -1%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
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]

AirlinesDestinations
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Italy Bologna, Milan–Linate, Milan-Malpensa
Seasonal: Bergamo, London-Gatwick, Naples, Rome–Fiumicino, Turin, Venice, Verona
AlitaliaMilan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Bologna, Genoa, Naples, Pisa, Trieste
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British AirwaysSeasonal: London–Heathrow
Brussels AirlinesSeasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich
Corendon Airlines EuropeSeasonal: Nuremberg (begins 2 May 2020)[5]
Danish Air TransportSeasonal: Catania
easyJetBerlin–Schönefeld, London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Bristol, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Nantes, Naples, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Toulouse, Venice
easyJet SwitzerlandSeasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss AirSeasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Stuttgart
Helvetic Airways Seasonal charter: Bern, Zürich
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa, Verona
Norwegian Air ShuttleSeasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
People's Seasonal charter: Vienna
Private Wings Seasonal: Aosta[6][7][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 FranceSeasonal: Paris-Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Volotea Seasonal: Bari, Bordeaux, Genoa, Nantes, Naples, Palermo, Strasbourg, Turin, Venice, Verona
Vueling Barcelona

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EAD Basic - Error Page". ead.eurocontrol.int.
  2. ^ "Statistiche Dicembre 2014". assaeroporti.com.
  3. ^ gesar.it - Flights Timetable retrieved 20 May 2017
  4. ^ https://www.geasar.it/cms_data/contents/geasar_en/media/docs/network_summer_2019_29_03.pdf
  5. ^ "Flights to Nuremberg". corendonairlines.com.
  6. ^ https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/76505-aosta-and-ingolstadt-to-see-scheduled-charter-flights-in-s19
  7. ^ http://avda-aosta.it/it/flying-1/voli
  8. ^ http://www.viaggidellarco.it/volo/
  9. ^ "air and charter tickets". itaka.pl.

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