Catania Airport

Catania Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • The airport is called Catania-Vicenzo Bellini after the famous composer.
  • The airport is found two and a half miles from the city centre.
  • It was built in 1924.
  • 6.8 million passengers travelled through its terminals in 2011.
  • During World War II it was a US Air Force Base.

Catania Airport Mini Guide

Tell me About Catania Airport
Catania-Vincenzo Bellini Airport or Catania-Fontanarossa is situated 4.5 km outside the city of Catania, in Sicily. The airport is named after the opera composer Vincenzo Bellini who was born in Catania. It is the busiest airport in Sicily.

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How do I fly There?
The airport has routes to many cities in Europe. At present, 41 airlines fly into Catania Airport from 44 destinations.

Can I get to the City Easily?
There is an AMT Alibus every 20 minutes from the airport to the city centre and train station, if you need to connect elsewhere. Taxis are always available. If you prefer to drive, it is just 15 minutes via the SS417 highway.

What Facilities Does the Airport Have?
There is a bank and ATM available if you need some extra euros. A currency exchange desk is in the terminal too and you can also buy bus tickets there. If you need help at the airport, head for the Flight Information Office or visit the Tourist Information Office for advice on what to do during your stay. Business class passengers are welcome to use the Atalia Bellini VIP Lounge to catch up with work or just browse the newspapers with some refreshments. A Business Centre is also available with internet access and open to all passengers.

If you get hungry, there is a restaurant in departures with a panoramic view of the airport or you can grab a snack at one of the coffee shops. You can buy any last minute items you forgot at the airport shopping centre or just buy a newspaper and water for your journey at the kiosk. There is a duty paid shop in departures too.

Does the Airport Have a Hotel?
Not at the present time. One of the nearest is the Romano Palace Luxury Hotel at just 1.5 km away. It has a beachfront location and is set in gardens with a swimming pool. The 104 elegant rooms have free Wi-Fi and have Mediterranean style. The Corindolo Restaurant offers gourmet dishes and specialises in Sicilian and Italian food. The hotel also has a shuttle bus service into the city.

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I am There for a few Days…
Visit the city of Catania, it is on the shores of the Ionian Sea and has a backdrop of Mount Etna. You can visit the Castello Ursino castle and museum to get a feel for the town’s history and stroll around the Piazza del Duomo and admire the cathedral. See the roman ruins and ampitheatres near to Via Vittorio Emanulo for a little more history.

Latest Update from Catania Airport:

31/05/12 - Catania Airport is expanding the number of flights to the airport from European destinations but unfortunately, due to a change of policy, bmibaby are cancelling their East Midlands route from the 9th September. Many other UK routes remain so the inconvenience should be minimal.

Driving in Catania Airport

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  • 90kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 110-130kph

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11/08/2011 16:33 PM

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20/07/2011 14:08 PM

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Although Catania has so much to offer the visitor, the area has many attractions too. Organise a guide and scale Mount Etna, rising ominously behind the city. As the volcano is only just dormant, a guide is essential for your safety. As you head closer to the crater, the smell of sulphur fills the air and looking back you’ll have a great view of the city below.

Another great place to visit if you have a hire car is the ancient town of Taormina which is world renowned for the beauty of its buildings and its old world charm.

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