Trapani–Birgi Airport

Trapani–Birgi Airport (IATA: TPS, ICAO: LICT) (Italian: Aeroporto Vincenzo Florio di Trapani-Birgi), is a military air base and public airport serving Trapani, in Sicily, Italy. Located between Trapani and Marsala, it is one of the five civil airports in Sicily. In 2015, 1,586,992 passengers passed through the airport, making it the third-busiest airport in Sicily. The air base of the Aeronautica Militare in named after the aviator Livio Bassi. The civil airport is named after the Sicilian industrialist Vincenzo Florio Sr.

Trapani-Birgi Airport

Aeroporto civile Vincenzo Florio
Aeroporto militare Livio Bassi
Trapani-Birgi Airport (2).jpg
Summary
Airport typeMilitary/public
ServesTrapani, Italy
Focus city forAlbaStar
Elevation AMSL25 ft / 8 m
Coordinates37°54′43″N 012°29′36″E / 37.91194°N 12.49333°E / 37.91194; 12.49333
Websiteairgest.it
Map
TPS is located in Sicily
TPS
TPS
Location of the airport in Sicily
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13R/31L 2.695 8.841 Bitumen
13L/31R 2.620 8.595 Bitumen
Statistics (2020)
Passengers185 581
Passenger change 19-20Decrease -54,9%
Aircraft movements3 230
Movements change 19-20Decrease -39,4%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

OverviewEdit

The airport is located 8 NM (15 km; 9.2 mi) south[1] of Trapani, and opened in the early 1960s. After a long period of inactivity the airport was relaunched by the Province of Trapani in 2003, and now hosts several flights, mainly low-cost connections.

HistoryEdit

Inaugurated in the 1964 as a regional airport operating very few flights, Trapani–Birgi became even less important in the 1990s, during which only a flight to Pantelleria, Palermo and Rome was operated.

The airport was relaunched in 2003 by the Province of Trapani and grew up in size after Ryanair started to use it as its main hub to Sicily, bringing several new international flights to and from Trapani. The airport has consequently been recognised as instrumental for the tourism-related economy of Western Sicily.

Italian Air ForceEdit

The military airfield, inaugurated in 1961, is named after the Italian aviator Livio Bassi. The airport is a base for the "37th Fighter Wing" of the Italian Air Force with the Eurofighter Typhoon, and for the "82nd CSAR" (Combat Search and Rescue) with the helicopters AgustaWestland AW139.[3]

The airfield is one of the four forward operating bases (FOBs) used by the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force based at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen in Geilenkirchen, Germany. The airport gained international attention during Operation Unified Protector in 2011 when NATO aircraft were based there during military intervention in the Libyan Civil War.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Trapani–Birgi Airport:

AirlinesDestinations
AeroItalia Seasonal: Forlì
AlbaStar Ancona, Brindisi, Naples, Parma, Perugia, Trieste
Blue Air Seasonal: Turin
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen
DAT Pantelleria
Ryanair Bergamo, Bologna, Charleroi, Malta, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Billund, Bordeaux, Bratislava, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Katowice, London–Stansted, Manchester, Pescara, Riga, Seville, Treviso (begins 31 October 2022),[4] Toulouse, Turin, Venice, Warsaw-Modlin, Weeze

StatisticsEdit

 
A Ryanair Boeing 737 in Trapani in 2012


Annual passenger traffic at TPS airport. See source Wikidata query.

This table does not include passengers in transit. Ryanair discontinued most of its flights from Trapani airport in October 2017, resulting in a significant reduction in the number of passengers using the airport.[5]

Year National
passengers
International
passengers
Total
passengers
Var %
prev. year
2019 411,437  14.4
2018 480,524
2017 1,292,957
2016 1,493,519
2015 1,586,992
2014 1,598,571
2013 1,878,557
2012[6] 1,110,532 465,937 1,578,753  7.36
2011 918,027 550,769 1,470,508  12.6
2010 1,024,755 656,573 1,682,991  57.4
2009 757,555 301,308 1,069,528  100.5
2008 342,025 186,774 533,310  5.2
2007 432,943 72,946 507,185  62.3
2006 305,895 4,802 312,459  19.8
2005 385,612 2,194 389,735  5.2
2004 382,867 19,071 410,898  66.7
2003 224,663 2,281 246,474  393.6
2002 39,175 3,494 49,932  20.0
2001 44,702 5,732 62,430  82.3
2000 n/a n/a 34,321  

aData from Assaeroporti.[7]

TransportEdit

City Bus Company
Agrigento (180 km away) Salvatore Lumia
Borizzo Airfield Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)[8]
Castelvetrano Salvatore Lumia
Marsala Autoservizi Salemi, Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)
Mazara del Vallo Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)
Menfi Salvatore Lumia
Montallegro Salvatore Lumia
Paceco Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)
Palermo Autoservizi Salemi, Terravision
Porto Empedocle Salvatore Lumia
Realmonte Salvatore Lumia
Ribera Salvatore Lumia
Sciacca Salvatore Lumia
Siculiana Salvatore Lumia
Trapani Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page".
  2. ^ https://assaeroporti.com/wp-content/plugins/multipage_xls_reader/pdf_file/2020.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ "Il portale dell'Aeronautica Militare - 37th Wing".
  4. ^ "News for Airlines, Airports and the Aviation Industry | CAPA".
  5. ^ "Adesso è ufficiale: Ryanair scarica Trapani". 27 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Aeroporto Trapani - sito ufficiale - Aeroporto Trapani-Birgi Vincenzo Florio - Airgest Dati di traffico". Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  7. ^ Assaeroporti.it
  8. ^ "AST Spa – Struttura Territoriale Occidentale – Sede di Trapani – Orario Invernale". Azienda Siciliana Trasporti – www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Trapani-Birgi Airport at Wikimedia Commons