Palermo Airport (PMO) Information
(Palermo, Sicily, Italy)
Also known as the Falcone Borsellino Airport in honour of two murdered anti-Mafia judges, Palermo Airport is one of the busiest air hubs in Italy. Situated on the coast, close to the Sicilian capital of Palermo, this hub has a yearly passenger throughput of roughly five million. It is a thoroughly modern, efficient facility, with international flights fanning out all across Europe as far north as Moscow, as well as a number of domestic routes.
Alitalia and Iberia are two of the full-service carriers based at this airport, with Lufthansa operating through a subsidiary, Air Dolomiti, as well as through its CityLine service. Several low-cost carriers including EasyJet and Ryanair also operate here, with charter flights being offered by Thomas Cook Airlines and Transavia, and one seasonal long-haul flight to New York by Meridiana Fly. Destinations include all of the famous Italian tourist hubs such as Rome, Venice and Naples.
Palermo Airport's single, modern terminal handles all flights and destinations, and is well-set up with passenger amenities, especially as regards restaurants and cafés. Originally opened in 1960, the complex has been greatly modernised and enlarged since, and copes well with the considerable increase in passenger numbers that it has seen over the decades. Its present terminal opened in 1990, after which time passenger levels soared.
Palermo Airport (PMO)
Address: Via Paolo Borsellino, Cinisi / Punta Raisi, 90045, Sicily, Italy
Tel: +39 091 702 0111
Located on the Mediterranean coastline in Punta Raisi, Palermo Airport is situated some 30 km / 19 miles north-west of the centre of the city, being close to Chiusa Nuova, Grotte di Armeta, Milioti, Pozzillo and Torre Muzza. Roads in the area are fast, in good condition and well-signposted, although traffic in and around Palermo can be chaotic and heavy at busy times.
- ATMs and a bank are located in the terminal
- Currency exchange desks are found in the Arrivals hall and in the international sector of the terminal
- Two VIP lounges are offered, one for Alitalia passengers and the other for fee-paying passengers of all other airlines
- An information desk is situated on the first floor, adjacent to the GESAP ticket office
- Duty free shops are located in the International Departures lounge
- A selection of retail shops is offered, including Sicilia Arte and Sicilia A Memoria
- Avis, Maggiore, Europcar, Hertz and several other companies provide car rental on the complex
- Postal services can be accessed on the first floor of the terminal building
- Restaurants, bars and cafés on the complex include Pasticceria Palazzolo, Bar Autogrill and a wine bar
- The complex provides comprehensive facilities and assistance for disabled passengers
- A pharmacy and first-aid post are located after the check-in desks
- Parking facilities for long and short stays are provided close to the terminal
The airport complex is set close to two fast autostradas, the A29 (Bretella Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino) and the E90 (Palermo-Mazara del Vallo). Motorists should enter the A29 autostrada from the airport road at the Punta Raisi junction, and from here, follow the signposts to the city. The journey will take 40 minutes or more, dependent on traffic.
Tel: +39 091 586 351
The bus line Prestia e Comande serves the facility, running every half hour to destinations in the city, including the central train station, the Piazza Croci, the Via Liberta and the Piazza Alberico Gentili. Buses take between 45 minutes and one hour to reach destinations around the city centre. Long-distance buses are also on hand and head southwards, connecting destinations such as Agrigento, Menfi, Porto Empedocle, Ribera and Sciacca.
Tel: +39 091 704 4007
The Trinacria Express links directly from its terminal on the complex to Palermo's central district. The airport's ticket office can offer information on schedules and fares, which are reasonable.
Tel: +39 091 225 455
Official metered taxis are found at the rank outside the Arrivals area and run between 06:00 and midnight. Fares are expensive, making the train a more popular method of transport into the city. Coop Trinacria and Coop Autoradio taxis are two of the principal cab firms operating at the airport. The suburbs of Brancaccio, Cinisi and Terrasini are all popular taxi destinations, as well as the city itself.