Lugano Airport is a small local airport close to the city of Lugano. During the summer, events for all ages are planned such as the Lugano Air Show, which is a great day out for those who are interested in a show from many flying aircrafts. The highlight of the show is the PC-7 team showing off their acrobatic formations with smoke trails.
Where Is The Lugano Airport?
The Lugano airport in Switzerland is located in the Ticino canton.
To get there easiest, you can simply drive and follow google maps to the airport directly with your car. From Lugano city centre this will take you only 15 minutes with the shortest route.
Alternative you can take public transport, which is very easy to do from Lugano city centre with the Lugano airport shuttle train. This takes only 20 minutes with a bit of walking afterwards.
Address of Lugano Airport: Via Aeroporto, 6982 Agno
If you are visiting Lugano specifically, make sure to check out the funiculars to Monte Bre or Monte San Salvatore. They have some amazing views of the city and Lake Lugano, as well as the airport in the distance! Else you can consider a full day exploring Lugano such as with this self guided 1 day tour.
Facts About Lugano Airport
Some fun facts about Lugano Airport worth knowing are;
- The airport code for Lugano Airport is LUG
- Elevation of the airport is only 279 meters
- It is part of the municipalities of Agno, Bioggio and Muzzano
- The airport dates back to 1938 when it was just a grass field
Lugano Air Show
For parking, there is parking areas available at the terminal area nearby. For the Lugano Air Show event, keep in mind that due to the good weather it can be very busy to find a parking spot straight away. However during the event the parking area for the airport was free which is nice.
It’s very easy to walk from the parking area to the air show event inside the airport. Its a short walk where you follow the airport fence along to the main building, where you then simply walk inside the airport onto the tarmac area.
For the show itself, there is an itinerary with of course different mini shows in place for everyone attending. For example, you can watch one of the local helicopters picking up water and then dropping it on the runway, like they would for putting out a fire. There were also helicopters showing off what they can do afterwards, such as flying vertically up before dipping back down. There are of course also lots of other mini airplanes that are flying around throughout the day too.
For those wanting to see more of the Lugano airport, there are also:
- Food and drink area
- Children’s play area (with a real life plane)
- An area showing of specific remote controlled airplanes and helicopters
- Market stands advertising local flying lessons
Who are the PC-7 Team?
The PC7 Team started in 1970s when the Air Force started flying two Pilatus P-3s planes, simultaneously for acrobatics. By 1983 they were doing solo demonstrations for shows, which lead up to Air Force Championships in 1987 of 9 planes to fly in formation.
Since then, 9 stunning planes have been providing shows all over Europe in places like Monaco, England, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden and more. For these air shows, the planes these days also have special smoke system allowing the formations to be more impressive with smoke trails, as well as stunning angles and formations.
By 2019, the PC7 team officially celebrated their official 30 years anniversary too. Their official logo now has a special ’30’ number entered on it.
More in depth info can be found on their official website.