The Bologna-Borgo Panigale Airport (BLQ) named after the physicist and inventor Guglielmo Marconi, is about 10 km from the city center. It is the main airport of Emilia-Romagna and one of the main airports in Italy , constantly growing thanks to its strategic geographical position strengthened by the high-speed railway lines.
In 2019 with 9,405,920 passengers it turned out to be the seventh busiest Italian airport. The 10 busiest routes were Catania (400 000 passengers), Barcelona (390 000 passengers), Madrid (310 000), Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome Fiumicino, Palermo, London Stansted and Amsterdam.
Bologna airport offers a network of 101 destinations served by over 40 airlines, in particular 12 domestic destinations, 85 international and 4 intercontinental, including Dubai International ( Emirates ), Boa Vista ( Neos Air ), Sal ( Neos Air ) Zanzibar (Neos Air).
There is one terminal, which underwent an expansion during 2011–2013. It now covers a total surface 36,100m2, of which 5,500m2 are shopping areas. A new baggage handling system was installed and there are now 24 departure gates, of which five are piers with two aerobridges. Bologna airport has one runway, 12/30, made of asphalt; its dimensions are 2,800 by 45 metres
It is among the most important airports in northern Italy. The owner is ADB spa, a company with partial local public participation, listed on the Milan stock exchange.
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