Bari, which is a city of more than 315,000 people in southern Italy on the Adriatic Sea, is increasingly in demand as a destination for tourists who come to enjoy its first-class food and drink, fun activities, great entertainment, must-visit historic and religious sites, and wonderful weather. Many people who visit Bari will do so by flying into Bari Airport, also known by its International Air Transport Authority code of BRI or simply just as Bari Airport.
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Bari Airport (BRI)
Officially known as the Karol Wojtyla Airport, Bari Airport is located some 8 kilometers or approximately 5 miles northwest of the town center of Bari City. It is situated at an elevation of 177ft/54m AMSL and its coordinates are 41°08’19.88’’N and 16°45’38.14’’E. The airport also goes by another name, Palese Airport, courtesy of the neighborhood that it is located close to.
The airport was at first a military airfield built back in the 1930s and it remained so until the 1960s when the first flight for the general public took off from its runway. The first airplane company to operate at Bari Airport was Alitalia and it provided several flights to Ancona, Rome, Palermo, Catania and Venice. Later these routes were absorbed by ATI which operated a Fokker F27 aircraft and later on a DC-9-30 although this necessitated the building of a new runway.In 2019 the traffic volume at Palese Airport was 5,500,629 passengers.
When first built, it was meant as a military airfield accommodating the “Regia Aeronautica” (Italian Air Force) and served as such up until the heat of World War II. In 1943, the airport was seized by the British (the British Eighth Army in particular) and was used by all of the allied air forces up until the conclusion of the War in 1945.Soon after the war, the airfield exchanged hands back to the Italian Airforce.
Bari Airport, is one of the busiest airport in Italy with nearly 5 million passengers.
To get to Bari Town via taxi it takes about 15 min without traffic and will cost about 25 euro.
In the 1960s, civilian flights began launching from Bari, mostly to surrounding destinations within Italy such as Rome, Venice, Catania, Ancona, and Palermo. As bigger and better passenger planes and jets began to emerge, efforts were made to keep the airport updated.
Bari Airport became furnished with runways and facilities that would accommodate more traffic, larger aircraft, and public transportation hubs. Most of these changes came over time after routes were taken over by ATI (Air Transport International).
In the early 80s, new buildings were constructed to better accommodate passengers. As the destination grew in popularity, the airport became more of a staple with growing numbers of aircraft and travelers. Since the 1990s, Bari International has undergone many overhauls to date, keeping its function and amenities as a world-class airport ahead of the curve.
BRI Airport Information
IATA airport code: BRI
ICAO airport code: LIBD
Opened: 15 May 1930
Operator: Aeroporti di Puglia
Elevation AMSL: 187 ft / 57 m
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Serves: Metropolitan City of Bari
Location: 8 km (5.0 mi) northwest from Bari
The Passenger Terminal
The single passenger terminal is three floors tall, and measures about 30,000 square meters.
The ground floor (which Is primarily used for arrivals) consists of eight departure gates and seven boarding gates. Awaiting incoming travelers are a host of information points, ATMs, a business lounge, bank, shops, and cafes.
The Departure lounge is furnished with all kinds of shops- about 20! Among the stores are products like electronics, newspapers, books, a duty-free shop, cosmetics, toys, and popular travel items.
Whether you’re in the incoming or outgoing section of the terminal, free and unlimited Wi-Fi access is available.
Lost and Found
In the event one loses luggage or other forms of personal belongings, a lost and found is on-premises to check to see if it might have been collected.
The ClioCom WiFree network is available throughout the air passenger terminals in Bari, Brindisi, Foggia, and Grottaglie.
Users simply need to turn on Wi-Fi on their device and choose the AdP FreeWifi network.
Primarily, there are four means of public transportation available to passengers landing at Bari International Airport. Car Rental, Taxi, Bus, and Trains.
Taxi: If a taxi makes the most sense pending on the destination, they are available to take you from Bari airport to most surrounding locations. The company that is mostly used is Apulia Taxi, willing to take a customer as far as Loseto, Japigia, S. Anna, S. Georgio, and even the Tower to the Sea.
Bus: If your final destination reaches further than what you’d be willing to pay a taxi to take you, buses are available for pickup. Though this is generally a cheaper option to take for a longer distance, you’ll need to do some homework and some pre-emptive scheduling.
Train: Underneath the walkways of the airport runs the Bari Metropolitan Railway Station. Their services do require scheduling, and of course have a more pinpointed route than say, a bus route.
The train service will take you directly to Bari Centrale Station, located in downtown Bari.
Car Rentals: If you desire to go your own way, a rental may be your choice. There are about eight car rental companies available on the Bari Airport grounds. As you may know, you’ll have to plan for this choice to ensure you get the type of vehicle that best suits your needs while they’re available.
Banks / ATM
If you need to withdraw some money this terminal offers several ATMs from different firms. There is also a full service bank, the Banca Antonveneta to be precise.
- Phone: +39 080 580 0200
- web: aeroportidipuglia.it