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Getting There By Air

Italy - Getting There By Air

There are different ways in which tourists from all around the world can travel to Italy, the most common one being air-travel. Therefore, Italy has 31 International airports, the major ones including those at Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice, Naples and Bologna. There are more than 130 international and domestic airports across Italy.

Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO), popularly known as ‘Fiumicino’, is regarded as the country’s premiere airport, since it brings in passengers from several countries to Italy. Every year, FCO receives about 37 million passengers from all over Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. This airport is the hub for Alitalia, Italy’s official carrier. FCO has 3 terminals (A, B and C) and it caters to international as well as domestic flights. It is situated around 32 kilometers south-west of Rome. Regular Cotral buses commute from the airport to the city and back, every 30 minutes or so. Passengers can also travel to and from the city, on the Leonardo Express direct train.

In addition to Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Rome has 2 other airports. The first one is called Giovan Battista Pastine International Airport (CIA) or ‘Ciampino’, which acts as a joint civilian, commercial and military airport. CIA is situated 12 kilometers south southeast of Central Rome. After Leonardo da Vinci International Airport opened, this airport mostly handled exclusive charter and executive flights. However, low-cost carriers like Ryanair and Wizz Air have caused CIA to become one of the busiest airports in Italy. The second one is Rome Urbe Airport, a tiny civilian airport, located in the northern part of the city. This airport is mainly used as a facility for flying club activity and touristic flights. It is the base for Rome’s flying club.

Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR) is another important airport, receiving more than 1.5 million passengers every year from London, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and Madrid, as well as other important cities in Italy. This airport is located about 30 km northwest of the main part of the city.

Venice’s Marco Polo Airport (VCE) is located around 8 kilometers north of the city. With an average of 8 million passengers each year, this airport handles scheduled and charter flights from North America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Milan has two international airports – Malpensa Airport (MXP) and Linate Airport (LIN). Malpensa is larger of the two and serves about 18 million passengers every year. The main carriers operating in this airport are EasyJet and Lufthansa. However, flights by all major carriers from every country are scheduled to and from this airport. Malpensa serves the northern part of Italy, with flights from all over Europe, North America, South America and Asia. Linate on the other hand mainly caters to European destinations and carriers.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia’s Trieste Airport (TRS) connects Venice, Croatia and Slovenia. Its single terminal serves both domestic and international flights. Some of the main carriers operating from this airport include Alitalia, Lufthansa, Meridiana and Ryanair.

Sicily’s Palmero Airport (PMO) serves over 4 million travelers to Southern Italy each year. All the major airlines have flights scheduled from around the world to this modern airport.

Though Alitalia is Italy’s national airline, other major carriers like Aegan Airlines, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, EasyJet, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines have regular flights scheduled to different airports across the country.

Passengers can get from London to Italy in about 3 hours or less, on a non-stop flight. Direct flights are available on EasyJet, British Airways and Alitalia. Cheaper flights with one stop may take up to 6 hours or so. A flight from London to Italy with 2 stops could take about 20 hours, depending upon the time spent in transit.

Direct flights to Italy from New York take about 10 hours and from Lost Angeles take about 16 hours. There are more than fifteen different carriers that have non-stop flights between the US and Italy. These include Alitalia, Delta Airlines, Lufthansa, United Airlines, British Airways and American Airlines, to name a few.

People traveling to Italy by air may find these resources useful –

Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Rome / Fiumicino (FCO)
Tel: +39 06 65951
Website: http://www.adr.it/fiumicino
Car-hire services available at FCO:
Auto Europa: +39 06 6501 7450
Avis–Budget: +39 06 6595 7885
Europe Car: +39 06 6576 1211

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
Car-hire services available at CIA:
Auto Europa: +39 06 7934 0689
Avis–Budget: +39 06 7934 0195
Europe Car: +39 06 7934 0387

Amerigo Vespucci Airport, Florence (FLR)
Tel: +39 055 30615
Website: http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/
Car-hire services available at FLR:
Auto Europa: +39 055 3436031
Avis–Budget: +39 055 315588
Europe Car: +39 055 318609

Marco Polo Airport, Venice (VCE)
Tel: +39 041 2606436
Website: http://www.veniceairport.it/en/
Car-hire services available at VCE:
Auto Europa: +39 041 5416638
Avis–Budget: +39 041 5415030
Europe Car: +39 041 5415654

Malpensa Airport, Milan (MXP)
Tel: +39 02 7485 2200
Website: http://www.milanomalpensa-airport.com/en
Car-hire services available at MXP:
Auto Europa: +39 02 5858 1048
Avis–Budget: +39 02 5858481 / 7486 7347
Europe Car: +39 02 5858621

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