Four months behind schedule, Catania airport will have its own train stop starting from 13 March. So from Messina Centrale station, as well as with the Sais bus, you can also get to the airport by train.
The confirmation comes from the manager of the RFI technical area, Eng. Salvatore Leocata: “We are working for this – He says -, we will still have to do some technical meetings with the Catania Airport Company and we hope there are no unexpected events. But there shouldn’t be any ”.
In reality, the station was already ready since last December 13, but the connecting road was not, whose works are now finally in the home straight. About 800 meters, which can be covered in one minute by shuttle bus.
Four months of delay in a period in which the pandemic has reduced air traffic to a minimum: in 2020, in fact, Fontanarossa recorded a decline of 64.3%, going from over 10 million passengers in 2019 to 3,654,457. In January 2021 it was worse, with 133,781 passengers, down 78% compared to the same month of 2020, when the passengers were 609,750.
The stop is located 5.2 km south of Catania Centrale, therefore 53 km from Taormina-Giardini, 73 from Syracuse and exactly 100 km from Messina Centrale.
To date, pending the doubling of the track, the fastest solution covers the route between Messina Centrale and Catania Centrale in 1 hour and 14 minutes, with intermediate stops in Alì Terme, Santa Teresa Riva, Taormina, Giarre and Acireale. You can, therefore, reach Fontanarossa with a direct train in 1 hour and 20 minutes, the same time it took most of the Sais buses in the pre-pandemic period starting from the Boccetta junction. Today all the rides pass through the center of Catania and take 1 hour and 50 minutes.
The train will be an important alternative to the bus, but the right integration of timetables will be essential.