Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport

Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport
Aeroporto di Olbia-Costa Smeralda
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Geasar S.p.A.
Serves Olbia
Location Olbia, Italy
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 37 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 40°53′09″N 09°31′01″E / 40.88583°N 9.51694°E / 40.88583; 9.51694Coordinates: 40°53′09″N 09°31′01″E / 40.88583°N 9.51694°E / 40.88583; 9.51694
Website www.geasar.it/eng/airport

Location of airport in Sardinia

Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,445 8,025 Concrete / Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 2,240,016
Passenger change 14–15 Increase +5.3%
Aircraft movements 28,272
Movements change 14–15 Decrease -1%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Olbia-Costa Smeralda) (IATA: OLB, ICAO: LIEO) is an airport in Olbia, Sardinia. It is the primary operating base for Italian airline Meridiana whose headquarters are located at the airport. It mostly handles seasonal holiday flights from destinations in Europe.

Olbia Airport is managed by Geasar S.p.A.


A military airfield was opened at Olbia (then Terranova Pausania) in 1921, and a seaplane base was inaugurated close to the Isola Bianca harbour in 1927, although poor loads from the island on the flights to Ostia and Cagliari led to the service's stop in Terranova being discontinued in 1929. The airfield and seaplane base were targeted by Allied bombing in World War II, and the Germans opened another airfield 4.5 miles west of the town, which was renamed Olbia in 1945. Commercial flights gradually returned and in 1963 the Olbia-based airline Alisarda was formed. It successfully expanded its route network, introducing jet flights in 1972, and it was renamed Meridiana in 1991. However, the introduction of jet aircraft necessitated the building of a larger airport nearer the city; the current airport was completed in 1974.

Following 3 years of work, a new terminal covering 42,000 square metres and capable of handling 4.5 million passengers per year was unveiled on June 6, 2004. Costing a total of €81 million, the structure was designed by Willem Brouwer Architects and incorporated the original terminal building, which was developed into a 3000-square metre retail area. The new building has 40 check-in desks and ten boarding gates, five of which are equipped with jet bridges. It contains a wide variety of shops and restaurants, a wine bar, a small art gallery, and indoor garden areas featuring local flora.

The airport is home to the Tourist Management department of the University of Sassari (North Sardinia).

Airlines and destinations

airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air BerlinDüsseldorf, Munich
Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Zürich
operated by Darwin Airline
Seasonal: Pisa
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna[3]
BH AirSeasonal charter: Sofia[4]
British AirwaysSeasonal: London–Heathrow[5]
Brussels AirlinesSeasonal: Brussels
Seasonal: Amsterdam,[6] Berlin–Schönefeld, Bristol, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Naples,[7] Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Toulouse, Venice-Marco Polo[8]
easyJet SwitzerlandSeasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss AirSeasonal: Zürich
Etihad Regional
operated by Darwin Airline
Seasonal: Lugano, Geneva[9]
EurowingsSeasonal: Salzburg (begins 29 March 2017)[10]
GermanwingsSeasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Helvetic AirwaysSeasonal: Bern
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Madrid
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Air Dolomiti
Seasonal: Munich
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Seasonal: Frankfurt
Meridiana Bologna, Milan–Linate, Naples, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Bari, Bergamo, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Kiev–Boryspil, London–Gatwick, Madrid,[11] Milan–Malpensa, Marseille, Moscow–Domodedovo, Nice, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Turin, Venice, Verona
Mistral Air Seasonal: Ancona
Seasonal charter: Mostar
NikiSeasonal: Graz,[12] Salzburg, Vienna
Nordwind AirlinesSeasonal charter: Novosibirsk
Norwegian Air ShuttleSeasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
People's Viennaline Seasonal charter: Vienna
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen (begins 24 June 2017)[13]
SkyWork AirlinesSeasonal: Bern
operated by Travel Service[14]
Seasonal: Prague
operated by Travel Service Slovakia[14]
Seasonal: Bratislava
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva
Thomas Cook AirlinesSeasonal charter: London–Gatwick
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal: Brussels[15]
TransaviaSeasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia FranceSeasonal charter: Paris–Orly
TUIfly Belgium[16] Seasonal: Brussels
Volotea Seasonal: Bari, Bordeaux, Genoa, Nantes, Naples, Palermo, Strasbourg, Turin, Venice, Verona
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona


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