Sicily, which is so attractive for tourists, is a typical island, access to which is possible only in two ways - sea and air. Travelers from Italy or from nearby islands usually get to Sicily by sea, while tourists from other countries prefer airplanes - it is much faster and more convenient. Arriving on the island are waiting for three international airports located in different parts of the island - Palermo, Catania and Trapani.
If you look at Sicily airports on a map, you can see that Catania Airport is located in the south of the island, Palermo in the north, and Trapani in the northwest. There are also small airports on the nearby islands of Lampedusa and Pantelleria, serving mainly Alitalia's regular domestic flights.
Catania Airport is located in the south of the island, Palermo in the north, and Trapani in the northwest
Unfortunately, Russian tourists are not able to get to Sicily directly from Moscow, since there are no regular direct flights and you have to fly with transfers. Of course, during the holiday season charter flights are organized from Moscow and St. Petersburg, but buying tickets for them is extremely difficult, since all places are usually reserved by travel companies. The best option is to take tickets to Rome, Venice or Milan, and then transfer to a domestic airline plane heading to one of the airports in Sicily.
Palermo Falcone Borsellino Airport
Palermo Airport (international code PMO), considered the main airport of Sicily, is located in Punta Raisi, a 30-minute drive from the island's capital. It was built in the 60s of the last century and was first called "Punta Raisi" by the name of the area, but today the airport proudly bears the name "Falcone Borsellino", assigned to it in 1992. Falcone and Borsellino are the names of the fighters on the island known from the world famous Sicilian mafia who died at the hands of criminals.
Falcone Borsellino Airport It serves flights of all leading European airlines, as well as more budget carriers - Windjet, TUI Fly, etc. The passenger flow of the airport terminal is not too large - one passenger terminal is enough to serve all arriving and departing. Like other airports in Sicily, the building of the Palermo airport has bars and restaurants, shops, a duty free, a first-aid post, a travel agency, a bank branch, and a post office.
Palermo Airport Passenger Flow Not Too Big
Services Palermo airport tourists who plan to spend their holidays in Palermo or in the nearest resorts - in the quiet and peaceful town of Terrazini with its picturesque lagoons and bays, Mondello, famous for its beautiful beaches or Cefalu, which is appreciated both for its excellent sandy beaches and interesting architectural sights, are used by tourists. From Palermo it is very convenient to get to Agrigento, just two hours by train and you are in a city with magnificent medieval architecture, unique temples and amazing beaches. And in Palermo itself there is something to see - the Archaeological Museum, the Puppet Museum, the Palatine Chapel, the Capuchin Catacombs, the Cathedral, ancient monasteries and palaces, the opera house. BlogoItaliano devoted a separate article in more detail to the sights of the city: What to see in Palermo - 10 places worth visiting in the capital of Sicily.
There are railway and bus connections between the airport and Palermo: both trains and buses depart from the airport with an interval of about 30 minutes. Transport arrives at Palermo Central Station, where you can catch a train or bus to continue.
You can get acquainted with the schedule of local flights and find cheap tickets to Sicily Falcone Borsellino airport using this link, and order a taxi online from Palermo airport to the desired city / resort or calculate the fare for free here.
Catania Airport in Fontanarossa
The Sicilian airport of Catania (international code CTA), which BlogoItaliano has already dedicated a detailed article to, was built in 1924 in the village of Fontanorossa. The airport was actively used during the Second World War, then it was almost abandoned for several years and again earned full strength in the 80s of the last century after global reconstruction.
There are buses from Catania Airport to the city
Catania Airport It serves both domestic and international flights, despite the fact that the terminal is quite compact, the annual passenger flow reaches 6 million people. The airport infrastructure is well developed - there is a help desk, a travel agency, cafes, shops, duty free, pharmacies.
This Sicilian airport is chosen by travelers who want to relax in Catania itself, famous for its architectural sights and, of course, the famous volcano Etna, located near the city. From Catania Airport it is convenient to get to Taormina with its magnificent beaches, just north of Taormina is the town of Savoka, which is of interest to tourists, in which the film "The Godfather" was filmed. About an hour's drive from Catania are Syracuse with perfectly preserved historical sites, as well as the small towns of Ragusa and Moddika with interesting Baroque architecture.
Catania Airport is chosen by travelers who want to combine relaxation with a hike to Etna
From Catania Airport to the city buses run at 20-minute intervals and take about 20 minutes. The final bus stop is located at the train station, which is very convenient for those who, without stopping in Catania, go further. From the station square, buses leave for Palermo, Messina and Agrigento, from Armerina Square to Siracusa and Taormina.
You can find out the flight schedule to Sicily Fontanarossa Airport, as well as buy your favorite ticket online here, and details on how to get from Catania Airport to the desired location on the island can be found in the detailed article Catania Airport and how to get to the city.
Vincenzo Florio Airport in Trapani
The airport in Trapani (international TPS code) is the third largest airport in Sicily in terms of civil air traffic. In fact, Vincenzo Florio is a military airport serving the armed forces of NATO, which in no way prevents it from providing an annual passenger flow of 400 thousand people. The airport is named after one of the largest wine producers who revived the tradition of winemaking in the region at the end of the 19th century.
Trapani Airport accepts low-cost European airlines
Vincenzo Florio accepts flights of low-cost European airlines, and also serves domestic flights in Italy. Despite the fact that the airport building is relatively small, there is everything necessary for the convenience of passengers - an information kiosk, a travel agency, a bar, a restaurant, a pharmacy, shops, Duty Free, ATMs.
The airport is located 15 kilometers from the city of Trapani, with which it has an established bus service - the bus passes through the city center and stops at the port. Trapani attracts tourists with innumerable historical and architectural monuments: there are many medieval palaces, cathedrals, castles, there is even a whole street with villas of the 17th-19th centuries. No less interesting are the famous saltworks located on the embankment - their windmills are visible from afar.
Trapani attracts tourists with medieval castles and wonderful beaches
From Trapani it is easy to get to San Vito Lo Capo, where some of the best beaches of Sicily are located, as well as to the town of Erice, where they usually go to admire the Gothic and Romanesque churches, as well as medieval castles.
View flight schedule for Sicily Airport Vincenzo Florio in TrapaniYou can also book and buy online cheap flights here.