The airport opened in the early
1960s with connections to Palermo, Pantelleria and Tunisia e from 1964 to Naples
Thanks to its strategic geographical position, the
airport saw an increase in military activity with the establishment of the "37th
stormo" of the AMI, located in the military area, now separated from the
civilian airport to guarantee the complete independence of both structures.
a long period of inactivity, since 2003 the air traffic has notably increased
thanks to the application of local national flights currently running to Bari,
Bologna, Cagliari, Milano Linate e Roma Fiumicino, operated by air company Air
Also, since September 2006, the low cost company Ryanair
operates a daily flight to Pisa, whilst since spring 2007 new international flights
have been available to Barcellona-Girona e Dublin. The air company Meridiana operates
daily flights to Pantelleria and Palermo.
In the regional plan
for Sicilian air transport, 2 aeronautic areas are being planned, the western
one represented by the airports of Palermo e Trapani, and the eastern one represented
by the airports of Catania e Comiso.
The civilian airport is under
the management of Airgest, founded in June 1992 ed operative since January 1993.
It is a military airport, open to national civilian traffic with independent
runways and it is situated in the Marsala territory.