Falcone Borsellino Airport

Falcone Borsellino Airport
Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Palermo, Italy
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 65 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 38°10′55″N 013°05′58″E / 38.18194°N 13.09944°E / 38.18194; 13.09944Coordinates: 38°10′55″N 013°05′58″E / 38.18194°N 13.09944°E / 38.18194; 13.09944
Website gesap.it
Location within Sicily
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,326 10,912 Bitumen
02/20 2,068 6,784 Bitumen
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 5,325,559
Passenger change 15–16 +8.4%
Aircraft movements 44,122
Movements change 15–16 +4.0%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Falcone Borsellino Airport (IATA: PMO, ICAO: LICJ) (Italian: Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino) or simply Palermo Airport, formerly Punta Raisi Airport is located at Punta Raisi, 19 NM (35 km; 22 mi) west northwest[1] of Palermo, the capital city of the Italian island of Sicily. It is the second airport of Sicily in terms of passengers after Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, with 5,325,559 passengers handled in 2016.


Early years

GESAP S.p.a. is the airport management company of "Falcone Borsellino" Airport in Palermo. It has a fully paid-up share capital of €15,912,332 divided between the Regional Province of Palermo, the Comune of Palermo, the Chamber of Commerce, the Comune of Cinisi and other minor partners.

Established in 1985, until 1994 GESAP operated exclusively as handler and supplier of ground services for Palermo Airport, the management of which is directly assigned by the government and overseen by the District Airport Directorate.

The airport was given the name Falcone Borsellino in memory of the two leading anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino who were murdered by the Sicilian Mafia in 1992. A 1.90-metre (6 ft 3 in) diameter plaque featuring their portraits can be found to the right of one of the main outside entrances to the departure hall, set into a mosaic of Sicily. Created by the Sicilian sculptor Tommaso Geraci, it bears the inscription Giovanni Falcone–Paolo Borsellino–Gli Altri–L'orgoglio della Nuova Sicilia (Giovanni Falcone–Paolo Borsellino–The Others–The Pride of the New Sicily).

In 1994, GESAP was charged with the partial management of the airport through a convention which granted the company a 20-year mandate to run land-side activities (the airport buildings and surrounding areas).

In April 1999, GESAP obtained an anticipated mandate to manage the airport's air side activities, and, more specifically, the flight infrastructure (runways, links, taxiways and aprons) as foreseen by art. 17 L. 135/97.

As airport management company, GESAP plans, creates and manages the airport's areas, infrastructures and systems, ensuring the necessary maintenance and implementation of the same. It also provides centralised services such as airport coordination, public information systems, security controls and surveillance as well as managing commercial outlets through concessions to third parties.

Development since the 2000s

In April 2004, GESAP was awarded UNI ISO 9001/2000 (Vision 2000) certification. The company had already received certification for its services and processes in the handling sector and this too was renewed by the certification body, TÜV, in December 2006.

On 30 May 2004, ENAC awarded GESAP an "airport certificate" in recognition of the airport's full conformity with the regulations set down in ENAC's "regulations for the construction and management of airports". On 24 May 2007 GESAP has obtained the renewal of the airport certificate until 30 May 2010.

Today, after having recently transferred its handling sector to a controlled company, GH Palermo, GESAP is awaiting a ministerial decree that will grant it a forty-year concession for the total management of the airport. This comes after the deliberation of ENAC's board of directors on 1 March 2005 that was officialised in a convention signed on 17 November 2006.

Airlines and destinations

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Air Italy Milan–Malpensa
Air Malta Malta
Alitalia Milan-Linate, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Bologna,[3] Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Venice[3]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Belgrade
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal Dusseldorf (begins 17 April 2019) [4], Frankfurt
DAT Lampedusa, Pantelleria[5]
easyJet London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Naples (begins 3 September 2018) [6]
Seasonal: Liverpool, London-Luton, Lyon, Paris-Orly
easyJet Switzerland Geneva
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Bordeaux,[7] Wrocław, Paris-Charles de Gaulle[7]
Europe Airpost Seasonal charter: Deauville, Lyon,[7] Metz, Paris-Charles de Gaulle[7]
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Munich, Stuttgart
Germania Seasonal: Toulouse
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Stockholm–Arlanda
Pobeda Moscow–Vnukovo (begins 6 September 2018)[8]
Ryanair Athens (begins 29 October 2018), Beauvais,[9] Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld,[9] Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest,[9], Charleroi (begins 28 October 2018),[9], Cologne/Bonn (begins 29 October 2018),[9], London-Stansted, Madrid, Marseille, Memmingen, Milan-Malpensa, Nuremberg, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Treviso, Turin,[9], Valencia, Verona,[9] Weeze, Wroclaw[9]
Seasonal: Dublin, Manchester
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Zürich
Transavia Seasonal: Rotterdam
Transavia France Paris-Orly Seasonal: Lyon,
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Seasonal charter: Brest,[7] Lille, Lyon,[7] Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse[7]
Travel Service Seasonal charter: Deauville,[7] Lyon,[7] Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle [7]
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Bratislava
Tunisair Tunis
Volotea Bari, Genoa, Naples, Turin, Venice, Verona
Seasonal: Ancona,[10] Athens, Bilbao,[10] Bordeaux, Corfu,[11] Heraklion, Ibiza, Lyon, Málaga, Nantes, Nice, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes,[10] Santorini, Split,[10] Strasbourg, Toulouse, Zakynthos[10]
Vueling Barcelona, Florence, Rome-Fiumicino

Accidents and incidents

Ground transport


The airport's railway facility, Punta Raisi railway station, is the northwestern terminus of Palermo metropolitan railway service. It links the airport with Palermo Centrale railway station. A typical timetable on work days is a train every 30 minutes in each direction between early morning and around 10.00 pm.


There are several private bus companies, which stops on bus station outside terminal building and connect airport with nearby Palermo city. [14] There are further connections to/from Palermo, Catania, Messina and rest of Sicily.

See also


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