Catania Vincenzo Bellini Airport (CTA)
History, Facts and Overview
(Fontanarossa, Catania, Italy)
Catania Airport has an interesting history and dates back to 1924, when it was the region's very first airport. However, by the 1940s, it was clear that the airport was fast running out of space and it was deemed necessary to relocate and in 1950, the new bigger and improved Catania Airport opened for business.
After 20 years of unexpected growth and high passengers levels, in 1981 it was once again necessary to restructure the airport to cope with demand. More recently in 2007, a swanky new terminal building was inaugurated and after further expansions, it is hoped that Catania Fontanarossa International Airport will be able to enjoy continuing success.
Facilities at Catania Fontanarossa International Airport include a shopping centre on the first floor with five island areas, selling a range of souvenirs and travel goods, along with a self-service café and several smaller coffee shops.
Particularly popular is the elevated, modern restaurant at the top of a tall tower, a new addition to the dining scene at Catania Airport, which offers panoramic views of the airport and the runways. For a small charge, business passengers can take advantage of the airport's Alitalia Bellini VIP Lounge.