Friday, January 21, 2011


I can remember a time when travelling via Catania's Fontanarossa Airport was not a pleasant experience:   sparse information was displayed in the terminal, , access to its few shops was awkward, there was nowhere to sit once you had gone through security and passengers were packed into gate areas like sardines.  To be fair, I should add that even in those days you could get a good meal there and I never found the staff unhelpful.  

Over the years things have been improving, culminating in a relocation and full refurbishment in 2007.  Now Fontanarossa can compete with the best and figures released today confirm it as the number one airport in the South of Italy and as the third most important of Italy's regional airports after Venice and Bergamo.

Over six million passengers passed through Fontanarossa last year and most said that they used it four times a year.  Baggage checks at Fontanarossa are quicker than the national average in Italy and just 0.2 luggage items per 1,000 checked in there go missing, as against the national average of 2 per 1,000.

The president of Sac [Società Aeroporto Catania] puts the airport's recent success down to good marketing, restructuring and renovation.  

Now we are all waiting to see how Fontanarossa and the long-awaited rebuilt airport at Comiso [Ragusa] will work together.  I must say that the Modicani are rather less optimistic about Comiso than the Transport Minister, Altero Matteoli, who, visiting the new airport's infrastructure on Monday, promised to return with a bottle of champagne to celebrate the opening before the summer.  The Modicani, when asked about an opening date, just shrug their shoulders and laugh.

But meanwhile, let's hear it for Fontanarossa!


annechung said...

Yeah, hip hip hurrah for Fontanarossa. I've flown in and out of Fontanarossa a few times. The first time wasn't so good, they were working on it but the second was great. I love Fontanarossa because it means I'm in Sicily

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I have never flown in or out of Fontanarossa airport but it is good to hear they the number one airport in the South of Italy in case I do fly instead of take the train next time I visit.

Whispering Walls said...

A good reason to visit you!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Anne. I feel exactly the same. Hi, Pat. Ypu get a great view of Etna when you fly in, too. That would be great, WW.

RNSANE said...

The only Italian aiports into which I've flown are Rome ( on two occasions ) and Milan. It's really nice when regional airports are keeping pace with the times and offer nice amenities.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Carmen. Yes, it's a good development.

Ellee Seymour said...

As long as they allow me to bring my "kitchen sink" with me when I visit! I'm worse than Paris Hilton :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Haha, Ellee - you and me both!


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