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Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani–Birgi

Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani–Birgi (IATA: TPS, ICAO: LICT) (Italian: Aeroporto Vincenzo Florio di Trapani-Birgi), also known simply as Trapani Airport, is a military and public airport serving Trapani, in Sicily, Italy. Located between Trapani and Marsala, it is one of the five civil airports in Sicily, but is also used for military purposes. In 2015, 1,586,992 passengers passed through the airport, making it the third-busiest airport in Sicily. The civil airport is named after the Sicilian industrialist Vincenzo Florio Sr..

Vincenzo Florio Airport
Trapani–Birgi

Aeroporto Vincenzo Florio
di Trapani-Birgi
Trapani-Birgi Airport (2).jpg
Summary
Airport typeMilitary/public
ServesTrapani, Italy
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
Statistics (2015)
Passengers1,586,992
Passenger change 14–15Decrease -0.7%
Aircraft movements11,607
Movements change 14–15Decrease -7.4%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Contents

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 1961 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 Roma 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 is intituled to 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 "82th 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

AirlinesDestinations
Alitalia Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino
Blue Air Seasonal: Turin
Danish Air Transport Pantelleria
HelloFlyNaples, Tirana (both begin 20 September 2019)[4]
Ryanair Bergamo, Bologna (resumes 27 October 2019)
Seasonal: Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Prague

StatisticsEdit

This table does not include passengers in transit.

Year National
passengers
International
passengers
Total
passengers
Var %
prev. year
2012[5] 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.d. n.d. 34,321  

Data from Assaeroporti.[6]

TransportEdit

City Bus Company
Agrigento (180 km away) Salvatore Lumia
Borizzo Airfield Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)[7]
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. ^ Associazione Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali
  3. ^ "Il portale dell'Aeronautica Militare - 37th Wing".
  4. ^ https://italiavola.com/2019/07/31/hellofly-al-debutto-colleghera-trapani-con-napoli-e-tirana/
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ Assaeroporti.it
  7. ^ "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.

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