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.
Aeroporto civile Vincenzo Florio
Aeroporto militare Livio Bassi
|Focus city for||AlbaStar|
|Elevation AMSL||25 ft / 8 m|
The airport is located 8 NM (15 km; 9.2 mi) south 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.
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.
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:
|AlbaStar||Ancona, Brindisi, Naples, Parma, Perugia, Trieste|
|Blue Air||Seasonal: Turin|
|Corendon Dutch Airlines||Seasonal: Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen|
|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), Toulouse, Turin, Venice, Warsaw-Modlin, Weeze
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.
aData from Assaeroporti.
|Agrigento (180 km away)||Salvatore Lumia|
|Borizzo Airfield||Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)|
|Marsala||Autoservizi Salemi, Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)|
|Mazara del Vallo||Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)|
|Paceco||Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)|
|Palermo||Autoservizi Salemi, Terravision|
|Porto Empedocle||Salvatore Lumia|
|Trapani||Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)|
- Trapani–Milo Airport Luigi Broglio – first airport of Trapani, today used by the Italian Space Agency.
- Trapani–Chinisia Airport Livio Bassi – second airport of Trapani, open between 1949 and 1971.
- Catania Airport Vincenzo Bellini – Sicily's major international airport.
- Palermo Airport Falcone e Borsellino – also known as Punta Raisi Airport, another international airport in Sicily
- Comiso Airport Vincenzo Magliocco – it is another of Sicily's airports
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