Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport

Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Olbia-Costa Smeralda) (IATA: OLB, ICAO: LIEO) is an airport in Olbia, Sardinia. It was the primary operating base for Italian airline Air Italy whose headquarters were 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
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
OLB is located in Italy
OLB (Italy)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,445 8,025 Concrete / asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18–19Decrease -0.7%
Aircraft movements34,086
Movements change 18–19Decrease -1.4%
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 three years of work, a new terminal covering 42,000 square metres and capable of handling 4.5 million passengers per year, was unveiled on 6 June 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 (resumes 22 May 2021)[5]
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle
AlitaliaMilan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Bologna, Genoa, Naples, Pisa
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Blue Air Turin (begins 30 March 2021)
British AirwaysSeasonal: London–Heathrow
Brussels AirlinesSeasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal: Berlin–Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal: Düsseldorf (begins 3 May 2021),[6] Hannover, Nuremberg
DATSeasonal: Catania
easyJetLondon–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin–Schönefeld, Berlin–Tegel, Bordeaux ,[7] Bristol, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Nantes, Naples, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Toulouse, Venice
easyJet SwitzerlandSeasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss AirSeasonal: Zürich
Enter AirSeasonal charter: Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław[8]
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Salzburg, Stuttgart
Helvetic Airways Seasonal charter: Bern, Zürich
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa, Verona
Norwegian Air ShuttleSeasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
People's Seasonal charter: Vienna
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Smartwings Seasonal: Bratislava, Prague
Smartwings Poland Seasonal charter: Katowice,[9] Poznań,[9] 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
VoloteaBologna, Turin, Verona
Seasonal: Ancona, Bari, Bordeaux, Genoa, Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Palermo, Pescara, Pisa, Strasbourg, Trieste, Venice
Vueling Barcelona

Ground TransportationEdit

By CarEdit

By BusEdit

The following bus services operate to/from the airport.

Local BusesEdit

Local operator ASPO Olbia operates two routes to/from the airport:

  • 2 Airport-Sa Minda Noa
  • 10 Airport-Town Centre-Airport

Regional and Long Distance BusesEdit

  • 514 Olbia-Olbia Airport-Siniscola-Nuoro
  • 601 Santa Teresa di Gallura-Palau-Arzachena-San Pantaleo-Olbia-Olbia Airport
  • Cala Gonone-Dorgali-Orosei-La Caletta-Olbia Airport
  • Nuoro-Siniscola-Budoni-San Teodoro-Olbia Airport

Sun LinesEdit
  • 20 Olbia Airport-Olbia-Porto Cervo-Baja Sardinia-Hotel Stelle Marine (Costa Smeralda Shuttle)
  • 30 Olbia Airport-Olbia-Calangius-Castelsardo-Porto Torres
  • 90 Alghero-Alghero Fertilia Airport-Sassari-Olbia Airport-Olbia

Turmo TravelEdit
  • Olbia Airport-Olbia-Arzachena-Palau-Santa Teresa di Gallura
  • Olbia-Telti
  • Cagliari-Oristano-Abbasanta-Nuoro-Siniscola-San Teodoro-Olbia Airport-Olbia-Arzachena-Palau-Santa Teresa di Gallura


  1. ^ "EAD Basic - Error Page". ead.eurocontrol.int.
  2. ^ "Traffic data 2019" (PDF). assaeroporti.com.
  3. ^ https://www.geasar.it/cms_data/contents/geasar_en/media/docs/network_summer_2019_29_03.pdf
  4. ^ https://www.geasar.it/Cms_Data/Contents/geasar_it/Media/docs/timetable/TIMETABLE/Network-2018-20_winter.pdf
  5. ^ https://www.leta.lv/eng/home/press_release/6B246BC6-9682-4A53-B0E8-2CADC0F77D1B/
  6. ^ "Corendon announces Düsseldorf + Basel bases; 15 routes added at DUS". anna.aero. 7 September 2020.
  7. ^ https://www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/informations-actualites/du-nouveau-avec-easyjet-4-destinations-supplementaires
  8. ^ "Charter flights". tui.pl.
  9. ^ a b c "air and charter tickets". itaka.pl.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport at Wikimedia Commons