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Language: Italian | Currency: Euro (€) | Local time: CET | Avg. Flight time: 3 hrs
There are numerous direct flights to Sicily from the UK. The most popular airport to fly into is Catania–Fontanarossa (CTA), which is located just outside the city of Catania in eastern Sicily, near Mount Etna.
British Airways, Norwegian Airlines and Thomson Airways fly here from London Gatwick (LGW) in summer, and easyJet covers the route year-round. Thomson also has summer services to Catania from Manchester (MAN) and Birmingham (BHX), while easyJet has a summer schedule from London Luton (LTN), Manchester and Bristol (BRS).
In the northwest, Palermo’s Falcone–Borsellino Airport (PMO; formerly Punta Raisi) welcomes easyJet flights from Gatwick daily between April and October, and twice a week otherwise. Ryanair also flies here daily from London Stansted (STN) in summer, plus four times a week during winter, while British Airways has Saturday and Tuesday flights from London Heathrow (LHR).
Sicily’s two lost-cost hubs are Comiso Airport (CIY), a relatively new gateway to the southeast, and Trapani Birgi (TPS) in the northwest. No UK carriers currently serve Trapani, but Ryanair flies to Comiso between March and November and Thomas Cook Airlines is beginning an inaugural Birmingham to Comiso summer service in May 2017.
Flights to Sicily’s airports take three hours on average. Catania and Palermo’s airports are the most extensive in terms of facilities and shopping.
Ryanair has indirect services to Trapani from Stansted, East Midlands (EMA), Manchester and Leeds Bradford (LBA), changing at European airports including Barcelona (BCN), Rome (FCO) and the Sardinian capital of Cagliari (CAG), should you fancy comparing and contrasting Italian islands.
From various London terminals, Italian carriers Alitalia and Meridiana have flights to Sicily’s Palermo, Catania and Trapani airports from the Italian mainland and Sardinia.
Travelling from the UK to Sicily by rail is not advised for fans of speed, but it does allow for romantic stopovers en route in Paris, Milan, Rome or Naples. You’ll also witness a rare spectacle: between Reggio Calabria and Messina, the train carriages are shunted onto a boat.
Coming by ferry is another old-fashioned option. Boats connect Messina, Catania and Palermo to various points of southern Italy, and even link Palermo with Genoa, further north, and Sardinia. Daily services also leave Pozzallo for Malta, and a weekly one sails south from Palermo and Trapani to Tunisia.
Cheap flights to Sicily are available January-May and mid-September-December – but never during the school holidays. All services peak in price during July and August, and it really pays to book ahead to get the cheapest Sicily services possible.
If you’re after cheap flight deals to Sicily, Ryanair launches occasional flash sales, while easyJet tends to start a winter-flight sale at the end of summer – only valid for its year-round services to Sicily, of course.
New flight routes often launch with very low fares, so monitor these for the very cheapest Sicily prices.