The Vincenzo Bellini airport of Catania-Fontanarossa (CTA) is in 2019, the sixth airport in Italy for passenger traffic, the second in southern Italy and the second in Italy for national traffic. Traffic continues to expand, with numerous scheduled and charter flights favored by geographic location and road links. Furthermore, the Catania-Rome section is the busiest at national level and the fourth in Europe. In 2019 it exceeds 10 million passengers.
Major local low-cost airlines are Ryanair, easyJet , Volotea and Vueling Airlines. In the summer months, numerous charter flights to Catania are offered. Alitalia connects Catania with its Rome-Fiumicino hub, with Milan-Linate and with other cities, sometimes only seasonally and with their partners.
Fontanarossa Airport is located five kilometers south of downtown and Catania's port on the Mediterranean coast. On the road running SP70 both the city and is also the motorway A18 Messina - Syracuse and the A19 Catania- Palermo within easy reach. Shuttle buses run to the city center and to the main train station, as well as interurban buses. An extension of the Metropolitana di Catania to the airport is planned.
The airport is sometimes subject to operational limitations or temporary closings due to the volcanic ash that can invade the airspace and runways during the eruptions of Etna, obliging, for safety reasons, to divert flights to other airports in the region.
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