Florence Airport Reopens on April 2

Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci airport–known as Peretola for the neighborhood where it is situated–presently closed to air traffic for maintenance in the face of decreased flights due to the COVID-19 health crisis–will reopen on Friday, April 2.  The first carriers to begin operating will be KLM to Amsterdam, Air France to Paris and Lufthansa to Frankfurt and Munich.

The work, which included the installation of a new runway pavement in addition to a new LED lights and new electric wiring that will now signal a malfunction in the system.  New drains in the land around the runway were also put in, making flooding of the new runway during heavy rain more unlikely.  The total bill for the job came to €8.5 million euro.

The inauguration will see an increase in flights offered within Italy given the current pandemic.

Here is the schedule of when future inbound and outbound flights will resume.

APRIL

Barcelona (Vueling); Bucharest (Blue Air); Catania (Air Dolomiti and Ego Airways); Elba (Silver Arrow); Madrid (Iberia); Palermo (Vueling); Luxembourg (Luxair); Vienna (Austrian Airlines) and Zurich (Swiss Airlines).

MAY

Cagliari and London (Air Dolomiti); London City Airport (British Airways); Gatwick Airport, London (Vueling); Paris, Prague and Vienna (Vueling).

JUNE

Brussels (Brussels Airlines); Lamezia (Ego Airways); Lisbon (Tap Air Portugal); Olbia,Bilbao, Copenhagen, Mykonos and Santorini (Vueling);  Rome Fiumicino (Alitalia), Southhampton (British Airways); and Tirana (Albawings).  (rosanna cirigliano)

To read more in Italian, visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site.