Abruzzo Airport

Abruzzo Airport



Location of airport in Italy

Airport type Public
Operator S.A.G.A. S.p.A.
Serves Pescara
Elevation AMSL 48 ft / 15 m
Coordinates 42°26′14″N 014°11′14″E / 42.43722°N 14.18722°E / 42.43722; 14.18722
Website abruzzo-airport.it
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 2,419 7,936 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 613.427
Passenger change 14–15 Increase 10,2%
Aircraft movements 10.469
Movements change 14–15 Increase 55,4%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Abruzzo Airport (IATA: PSR, ICAO: LIBP) is an airport located near Pescara, Italy. It is located approximately 4 km (2.5 miles) from the centre of Pescara, about 180 km (112 miles) from Rome, a 2-hour drive by car on a motorway across the Appennine mountains. It is the only international airport in the Abruzzo region. Open to civilian traffic since 1996, it has seen a steady increase in the number of transit passengers over the years, mainly due to a growth in low-cost airlines and flights.


Early years

In 1973 the English historian Bruce Barrymore Halpenny, then living in Abruzzo, organised a British Caledonian BAC 111 to take off from Genoa to Pescara as a test flight for a large commercial aircraft to test the feasibility of the approach and landing at Pescara.[3] With the British Caledonian chief pilot an (Ex-RAF) and Halpenny (also Ex-RAF) on board this manoeuvre was successfully accomplished;[3] now opening up the airport and the region for tourism.[3] Halpenny then arranged for a British Caledonian BAC 111 to take off from Gatwick London and fly to and land at Pescara and return to Gatwick.[3] Commercial flights were now shown to be possible.[3]

As of 1 February 1979, Itavia was forced to suspend its flights to Pescara due to the revision of the "minimum" on some Italian airports dell'ANPAC implemented by the National Association of Civil Aviation Pilots. Raising the minimum in question (distance to the runway and its share – which the pilot must decide whether to continue the landing) depends on proper radio support (such as ILS, Instrument Landing System), and a clear view is essential for landing aircraft in conditions of poor visibility. Itavia itself ceased operations in June 1980.

After the dark period during which the Liberi Airport does not have any connecting line, you start to see a little 'light by restoring the link with the capital of Lombardy, still Ancona, performed by Aermediterranea, a company belonging to the group and IRI owned by Alitalia, which will be operated from 1981 to 1983.

Since 1984, the flight to Milan Linate Airport is managed company of the other group: ATI (Italian Aero Transport) based in Naples. In 1988 it was the turn of the national flag carrier, which brings into play the modern MD-80 and use them until 1994, succeeding on and off, to make the much-awaited direct connection with Milan.

Development since the 1990s

Since 1994, the scheduled flight to Milan Linate Airport is operated by Air One, the company founded in 1983 as a flight school and air taxi companies for services in Abruzzo as the Aliadriatica. In 1996 he opened the current terminal, while the old building was converted for use by technical and logistical support. The project has enabled the airport to offer more comfort and efficiency of service.In the past Airtransat served Toronto but closed this route in 2012.

The development of the airport, from which 114,000 passengers in 2000 rose to over 400,000 in 2008, is due to the low cost phenomenon that affected all of Europe and most of the small Italian airports, involving a positive structure Pescara. Today the airport has a catchment area of over 500,000 passengers annually and connects the city of Pescara and the entire region with many Italian and European destinations.

Initially expected in early 2008 are left at year-end work for the modernization and expansion of the passenger: the arrivals area is not Schengen has been completely redesigned and rebuilt the side of the current (1,500 m2), while the space currently occupied will be converted into the departure area, are there other jobs which include:

Some of these works have been completed, others are firm and others have not yet begun. The expansion of the APRON 2 has been completed and to date has been usually used as a parking lot parked aircraft and the expansion west of the module is finished already in operation, only the missing link to the old terminal that will happen with the restyling of this' last.

Currently the building of the old passenger terminal was converted to a warehouse and was employed by the airline cargoTNTup to December 2008 and operated by Maersk until October 2010.

Airlines and destinations

operated by Alitalia Cityliner
Blue Air Turin
Mistral Air Tirana[4]
Ryanair Bergamo, Charleroi, Copenhagen (begins 28 March 2017), Hahn, Kraków (begins 27 March 2017),[5] London-Stansted
Seasonal: Girona, Weeze
Wizz Air Bucharest


Statistics for Abruzzo Airport[6]
Year Total passengers % Total aircraft movements % Cargo (tonnes) %
1996 71,908 4,052 152
1997 72,962 Increase2.86 4,618 Increase13.9 195 Increase28.3
1998 104,000 Increase42.54 6,390 Increase 38.4 56 Decrease−71.3
1999 105,500 Increase1.44 6,310 Decrease1.25 476 Increase750
2000 114,024 Increase8.08 9,940 Increase57.5 2,851 Increase499
2001 153,227 Increase34.4 6,775 Decrease−31.8 3,115 Increase9.3
2002 295,875 Increase93.1 11,559 Increase70.6 1,913 Decrease−38.6
2003 301,773 Increase2.0 10,932 Decrease−5.4 1,795 Decrease−6.2
2004 334,998 Increase10.9 10,075 Decrease−7.8 2,151 Increase19.8
2005 350,447 Increase4.7 10,339 Increase2.6 2,390 Increase11.1
2006 340,699 Decrease−2.8 12,139 Increase17.4 2,849 Increase19.2
2007 371,247 Increase9.0 12,085 Decrease−0.4 3,291 Increase15.5
2008 402,845 Increase8.5 11,128 Decrease−7.9 3,339 Increase1.5
2009 409,045 Increase1.5 9,773 Decrease−12.2 2,431 Decrease−27.2
2010 461,086 Increase12.7 7,971 Decrease−18.4 2,116 Decrease−13.0
2011 550,062 Increase19.3 7,827 Decrease−1.8 1,200 Decrease−43.3
2012 563,187 Increase2.4 8,284 Increase5.8 1,221 Increase1.8
2013 548,217 Decrease-2.78,017 Decrease-3.2721.1 Decrease-40.9
2014 556.679 Increase1,56.738 Decrease-15,9544 Decrease-93,9
2015 613.427 Increase10,210.469 Increase55,9542 Decrease-4,5

Ground transportation


The airport is connected to the center of Pescara with n.38 line code GTM (vehicle insurance), with which you can reach Piazza della Repubblica, the terminal Buses to the domestic and international destinations. The bus line 38 is also located near the main railway station in the city, the Pescara railway station.



In addition, the airport will soon be served by the new trolley-line currently under construction that will connect Pescara and its points of reference such as Pescara railway station and other neighboring towns such as Montesilvano and Francavilla al Mare.

See also


External links

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