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Getting around by air

Fares to Sicily fluctuate throughout the year: tickets tend to be cheapest between November and March and most expensive between June and September. Holidays such as Christmas, New Year's and Easter see large price hikes. Flight schedules are also subject to seasonal variations, with the number of flights increasing considerably in summer.

Several low-cost airlines serve Sicily from European destinations, including Ryanair (www.ryanair.com), easyJet (www.easyjet.com), Vueling (www.vueling.com) and TUIFly (www.tuifly.com).

Airports & Airlines

Sicily's two main airports serve the island's two biggest cities: Palermo and Catania.

Named after two assassinated anti-Mafia judges, Palermo's Falcone-Borsellino Airport is at Punto Raisi, 30km west of the city. Alitalia (www.alitalia.com), Meridiana (www.meridiana.it) and two dozen other airlines operate regular flights to/from major Italian and international destinations including Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York City and Zürich; Ryanair, easyJet and Vueling are among the low-cost carriers serving other cities including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Florence, Paris and Rome.

Just 7km outside Catania, Fontanarossa Airport is served by many national and international airlines, with connections to destinations across Europe including London, Paris, Zürich, Munich and Berlin.

Sicily’s third-busiest airport, Vincenzo Florio Airport – also known as Birgi – is 16km south of Trapani. Ryanair serves two dozen destinations throughout Italy and Europe, including Bologna, Brussels, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome. Alitalia flies to the offshore island of Pantelleria.

The much smaller Comiso Airport, 27km northwest of Ragusa, is served year-round by Alitalia and Ryanair flights to destinations including Rome, Milan, Pisa, Brussels and London (Stansted).

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.