Working as the focus city and airport for airlines such as Ryanair, Volotea and Vueling, Falcone - Borsellino Airport or Palermo Airport, originally known as Punta Raisi Airport, is one of the busiest airports in Italy, having served approximately 4.3 million passengers in 2013. The airport is located at Punta Raisi, around 19 nautical miles, 35 kilometres or 22 miles west-northwest of Palermo, the capital city of Sicily.
The Falcone - Borsellino Airport or Palermo Airport has two bitumen surfaced runways, one at an approximate length of 3,300 metres or 10,900 feet, with another at an estimated 2,000 metres or 6,700 feet. In addition, the airport was given its name in memory of the two leading anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino; an approximately two-metre or six feet in diameter plaque that features both of their portraits can be found within one of the main outside entrances of the airport’s departure hall.
Just like other airports that value safety, Palermo Airport prohibits explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids or solids, toxic substances, along with other items that can pose as a threat to the safety of the facilities and passengers.
The airlines that operate via the Palermo Airport include Air Mediterranée. Alitalia, Alitalia operated by Alitalia CityLiner, Alitalia operated by Mistral Air, Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways, Aviolet operated by Air Serbia, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Germanwings, Iberia, Jetairfly, Lufthansa Regional operated by Air Dolomiti, Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine, Luxair, Medavia, Meridiana, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Swiss International Air Lines operated by Tyrolean Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Transavia.com France, Trawel Fly operated by Mistral Air, Tunisair operated by TunisAir Express, Volotea, and Vueling. These airlines fly to and from destinations that include Milan, Rome, Naples, Lampedusa, Pantelleria, London, Beauvais, Bergamo, Tunis, among others, in addition to seasonal and summer seasonal destinations such as Lyon, Vienna, Belgrade, Brussels, Madrid, Munich, Frankfurt, Zurich, Geneva, and Athens, to name a few.
Services and Facilities
The facilities that can be found within the Palermo Airport include shops and restaurants, two lost and found baggage facilities, banks and two automated teller machines (ATMs), one local and one international, information kiosks, on top of other facilities available to various passengers. Shopping areas within the airport include Sicilia Arte, Pasticceria Palazzolo, Desigual, Hub, Traveller’s World - Duty Free, and Camomilla Italia.
Within the airport, there is ground transportation available. The airport’s rail facility, Punta Raisi railway station works as the northwestern terminus of Palermo metropolitan railway service; it also serves as an airport link with Palermo Centrale railway station. On typical workdays, trains arrive every 30 minutes per direction, mostly between the early mornings and around ten in the evening.
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