Falcone Borsellino Airport is an international airport located 32 kilometers west of Palermo, at Punta Raisi. The Palermo Airport is the second airport of Sicily in terms of passengers after Fontanarossa Airport in Catania.
The airport is named Falcone Borsellino in memory of the two leading anti-mafia magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who were murdered in 1992 in Palermo.
The idea of a new airport dates back to 1953, when it was decided to replace the Boccadifalco Airport, located a few kilometers west of Palermo, which at the time was no longer suited to the traffic needs.
In 1956, the project of a new airport was presented to the Sicilian Region and subsequently to the Ministry of Transport. The inaugural flight was made on January 2, 1960, from Rome Ciampino Airport.
A new, larger and more modern airport was designed in the 1980s, on the occasion of the 1990 FIFA World Cup held in Italy. The work on the new terminal was started in 1987, and it was inaugurated in the summer of 1995. The new airport is located a short distance from the previous one, which was closed since 1995.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Palermo, you can reach the airport by bus, with one of the shuttle buses of Autolinee Prestia e Comandè. The first bus depart at 04.00 am the last one at 10.30 pm. The trip takes about 50 minutes and the ticket costs 6.30€. The departure is in Piazza Giulio Cesare, near the Palermo Centrale train station.
By train, you can get to the airport in about one hour. A ticket from Palermo Centrale to Punta Raisi costs 5.90€. The Punta Raisi train station is located about 100 meters away from the airport.
Also, you can get to the airport by Taxi. Depending on the starting point and route, a trip should cost around 40€. By car, you can take the A29 highway to Trapani and exit at Puntaraisi–Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino.