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Sicily where to fly into

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Ok so you have decided that Sicily is the destination of your next holiday and you want to book your flight right away but you don’t know which airport to fly into?.

Sicily is a large island and has 4 international airports: Catania, Palermo, Trapani and Comiso and also 2 national airports located on the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa.

Although Catania and Palermo are the two most busy ones which I will be covering in this article.

Related: What makes Sicily an ideal holiday destination

Catania Airport

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The first airport in Sicily by number of passengers is the Catania airport (official name: Vincenzo Bellini Airport of Catania-Fontanarossa , IATA code: CTA ), which is one of the top 10 airports in Italy. 

Located in the eastern part of the island in a strategic position for connections with central and northern Italy, it is served by numerous flights of low cost airlines, some only seasonal, and flag. 

It is recommended for those who want to take a holiday in eastern Sicily, either staying in the surroundings or moving north or south. It is located about 10 km kilometers from the center of Catania, easily reachable by bus or taxi. 

If you are planning a holiday to Taormina, Siracusa, Val di Noto for example then Catania airport is where you want to fly into.

See also: Best Ways To Get Around Sicily

Which airlines fly to Catania?

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By Direct flight from the United kingdom we have British Airways, Easy jet and TUI.

Other airlines worth mentioning are KLM, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Iberia, Air France etc…

Flights from the United Kingdom are usually under 3 hours. 

Palermo Airport

The second most important airport in Sicily is Palermo (official name: Falcone e Borsellino International Airport of Punta Raisi , IATA code: PMO). 

There are direct flights to Palermo from London Gatwick and Stansted.

Passengers coming from the United States they have to change in Rome or Milan.

It is the third busiest airport in southern Italy and, like that of Catania, it is included in the top 10 airports in Italy. It is located in the municipality of Cinisi, about 33 km (20 miles) from the center of Palermo. 

Reaching the airport by public transport is very simple because the terminal has a train station; Train journey is around 1 hour and a ticket cost is around €6. A bus service is also available from early morning until the last flights and runs every half hour.

Those who prefer to rent a car can move comfortably east, west or south: the central location of Palermo airport makes it a convenient stopover for all destinations in Sicily. 

The low cost flights from and to Palermo as well as the national airlines that  connect Sicily to all the main Italian cities and the most important European capitals; 

There are also flights to smaller European destinations, many of which are seasonal, and a couple of non-European destinations.

If you want to visit Mondello, Cefalu’, San Vito Lo Capo, Segesta, Corleone, Monreale, Zingaro etc… Palermo is were you must fly into.

Which airlines fly to Palermo ?

There are quite a few airlines that fly to Palermo.

From the United kingdom we have British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair.

Some of the others airlines flying to Palermo are Alitalia, Swiss Air, Lufthansa, Air Malta, Iberia etc…

How much is a taxi from Palermo Airport to the city?

The cost for a taxi is around €40 on average. This is my preferred stress free way to get to the city although is the most expensive.

Taxis operate from 6am to midnight and the journey to Palermo can vary between 35 to 50 mins. Make sure the meter is set to zero at the start of your journey.

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Palermo Airport

Catania Airport

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