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Air Travel (Domestic)

Italy - Air Travel (Domestic)

Air travel is definitely the fastest (and the most expensive) way of getting from one place to another in the country. Almost all the major Italian cities have at least one international or domestic airport, equipped to accommodate even the largest airlines. There are more than 130 domestic and international airports situated across Italy.

The standard of airlines within this peninsular is fairly high. Italian domestic air travel is at par with most other European countries. Passengers have a wide variety of options, ranging from top-of-the-line carriers to low-cost (no-frills), budget airlines that offer more reasonable flights to different destinations. The duration and cost of a flight may vary, depending upon the destinations.

Alitalia is Italy’s national carrier, covering both international and domestic destinations. Other popular carriers include Merdiana, Air Italy and Air One. There are many other airlines like easyJet, Air Dolomiti, Blu-Express, Skybridge Air Ops and Trawel Fly, covering domestic destinations.

There are two airports for domestic flying in Rome. The Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, commonly referred to as ‘Fiumicino’, (FCO) is the country’s main and busiest airport. Travelers can board a flight to any part of the country from its domestic terminals. Fiumicino is also the main hub Alitalia. The average flying time from FCO is around 1 hour to Florence, Milan and Venice. Rome’s second airport, Giovan Battista Pastine International Airport (CIA) or ‘Ciampino’, is a commercial and military airport. It mainly accommodates charter flights and a few budget carriers.

Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport is the secondary airport in Tuscany. It is smaller than the Galileo Galilei International Airport near Pisa and is more popular for domestic flight. Travelers can get from Florence to Rome in less than 1 hour, to Milan in around 2 hours and to Venice in about 3 and a half hours.

There are two airports in Venice: Marco Polo Airport (VCE) and Treviso Airport (TSF). However, a majority of the domestic and international flights operate from Marco Polo Airport. There are direct Alitalia flights from this airport to Rome, which reach their destination in under 1 hour. The same Airline has flights to Florence, with one stop over and therefore, the journey takes around 3 and a half hours. Most Merdiana flights from Venice to Linate, Milan take at least 5 hours, because of a stopover in Naples. If the layover duration increases, the entire journey could take up to 12 hours.

Milan has two airports, Linate Airport (LIN) and Malpensa Airport (MXP). Of the two, Linate has more domestic flights than international. Travelers can get reach Rome in 1 hour and Florence in around 2 hours from Linate Airport. There are no direct flights from Linate to Venice and therefore, it could take passengers anywhere between 5 and 12 hours to travel between the cities, depending upon the layover duration. While there are no direct routes to Venice from Malpensa either, most passengers prefer taking an Alitalia flight, which gets from one airport to another in about 3 and a half hours with a 1 hour layover.

Flight reservations can be made online, through the phone, directly with the airline or through an agent. Many websites offer discounted fares for certain airlines if the bookings are made in advance.

Each airline has a different baggage allowance but in general, passengers (above the age of 2) are allowed to carry 1 bag that does not exceed 20 kilos. The baggage allowance for infants is 10 kilos.

The airport and security regulations for domestic flights are quite similar to international flights. There are restrictions on liquid items and electronics that can be carried on flight, in the hand luggage. It is therefore best to pack such items in the check-in baggage.

Given below are a few useful resources for domestic air travel in Italy -


Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Rome / Fiumicino (FCO)
Tel: +39 06 65951
Website: http://www.adr.it/fiumicino

Giovan Battista Pastine International Airport, Rome / Ciampino (CIA)
Tel: +39 06 7949 41
Website: http://www.adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en-/pax-cia-ciampino

Amerigo Vespucci Airport, Florence (FLR)
Tel: +39 055 30615
Website: http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/

Marco Polo Airport, Venice (VCE)
Tel: +39 041 2606436
Website: http://www.veniceairport.it/en/

Malpensa Airport, Milan (MXP)
Tel: +39 02 7485 2200
Website: http://www.milanomalpensa-airport.com/en

Linate Airport, Milan (LIN)
Tel: +39 02 232323
Website: http://www.milanolinate-airport.com/en

Capodichino Airport, Naples (NAP)
Tel: +39 081 789 6111
Website: http://www.gesac.it


Tel: +39 06 65621
Fax: +39 06 6563 5874
Website: http://www.alitalia.com

Tel: +39 07 89 52600/ 82
Fax: +39 07 89 52681
Website: http://www.meridiana.it

Air Italy
Tel: +39 0331 211 011
Fax: +39 0331 211 019
Website: http://www.airitaly.it

Air One
Tel: +39 06 656811
Fax: +39 06 6568 1401
Website: http://www.flyairone.it

Air Dolomiti
Tel: +39 045 860 5211
Fax: +39 045 860 5229
Website: http://www.airdolomiti.it

Tel: +39 06 6021 4577
Website: http://www.blu-express.com

Skybridge Air Ops
Tel: +39 06 932 1637
Fax: +39 06 7981 3925
Website: http://www.skybridgeairops.com

Trawel Fly
Tel: +39 02 3919 2530
Fax: +39 02 6900 1164
Website: http://www.trawelfly.com

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