The Amalfi Coast Airport: What You Need to Know

It was recently announced that the Amalfi Coast is getting it’s own Airport, in nearby Salerno. Here are the facts, and what you need to know.

picture of amalfi coast coastline (top) and guy boarding Ryanair airplane (bottom)

For those who have been to the Amalfi Coast, you know that it requires a fair amount of planning just to get to. For this reason, I have a guide dedicated to how to get to the Amalfi Coast here.

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Here are the facts as of February 2024: The Salerno-Costa d’Amalfi Airport, situated 45 kilometers from Amalfi and 21 kilometers from Salerno, is scheduled to open for commercial flights in July 2024 after comprehensive renovations. The airport, originally established in 1926, has been upgraded with a runway extension to 2,000 meters and plans for a new eco-friendly passenger terminal by 2026-2027. With a goal to handle six million passengers annually by 2043, this opening aims to ease the pressure on Naples’ Capodichino International Airport, which saw 12.4 million passengers in 2023.

All in all, this is a promising development. But let’s not break out the limoncello to celebrate just yet.

Amalfi Coast
Positano. Touristy, yes. Worth it, at least once.

It’s important to note that the airport has a single runway and is approximately an hour’s drive from Amalfi — roughly the same distance from Naples, the current closest airport. So after you land you’ll still be in transit for a bit before you can start indulging in that sweet southern Italian lifestyle.

Initially, the airport will serve short flights exclusively from within Europe, meaning it won’t directly benefit those traveling from the United States in the near term. Americans aiming for the Amalfi Coast should still be flying into Naples or Rome (for more info on how to get to the coast, read this). The primary advantage for American travelers will be potentially reduced traffic from Rome and Naples, as some Europeans will now opt for flights to Salerno.

If the development of the Salerno-Costa d’Amalfi Airport goes as planned (i.e. Italian development stays out of it’s own way), then I look forward to seeing this airport grow and help people experience everything the Amalfi Coast has to offer. 

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