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Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport (Italian: Aeroporto Galileo Galilei) (IATA: PSA, ICAO: LIRP) is an airport located in Pisa, Italy. It is one of the two main airports in Tuscany, together with Peretola Airport in Florence. It is named after Galileo Galilei, the famous scientist and native of Pisa. It is also known as Pisa-San Giusto Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Pisa-San Giusto) for its location in the San Giusto district, 1 km (0.6 mi) from the Pisa city centre. The airport was first developed for the military in the 1930 and 1940s. The airport had 4.067.012 passengers in 2010.Overview
The airport has its own railway station and Pisa central railway station is 2 km (1.2 mi) away. Connections with Pisa are available by train and bus; bus and train connections to and from Santa Maria Novella railway station in Florence are also available.
Besides civilian operations, the airport is also used extensively by the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) and is a base for, amongst others, the C-130 Hercules and C-27J Spartan transport aircraft. The airport is home to 46ª Brigata Aerea Silvio Angelucci (46th Air Brigade). During World War II the airport was used as a base for the 15th Air Force of the United States Army Air Forces.Airport growth
In 2006 and 2007 the airport was the fastest growing among Italy’s top 15 airports with passenger numbers up 30% in 2006 and 24% in 2007. It is now Italy’s 11th busiest airport handling 3,963,717 in 2008 and about 4,018,000 passengers in 2009 with a growth of 1,4 %.Facilities
The airport resides at an elevation of 6 feet (2 m) above mean sea level. It has 2 asphalt paved runways: 04R/22L measuring 2,993 by 45 metres (9,820 × 148 ft) and 04L/22R measuring 2,792 by 43 metres (9,160 × 141 ft).Airlines and destinations
Accidents and incidents
On 23 November 2009, Italian Air Force Lockheed KC-130J Hercules MM62176 of the based 46 Aerobrigata crashed just after take-off. All five crew were killed.