Rome airports travellers guide: Fiumicino and Ciampino

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The first thing you ask yourself when planning a trip to Rome is about the flight: how do you get to Rome by plane? What airports are there in Rome? In this post I’m going to tell you about the two airports in Rome that you need to click on the airlines’ websites to find the flight you want: Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino Airport.

Fiumicino Airport (IATA: FCO – ICAO: LIRF)

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Also known as Leonardo Da Vinci Airport, it is located about 30 kms west of Rome. Fiumicino is Rome’s international airport as well as the Italian airport with the highest passenger numbers – a little over 38 million a year (2014 figure). You’ll probably land here when you arrive in Rome! Looking at Europe as a whole it ranks seventh in terms of traffic. Leonardo Da Vinci airport has four terminals and four runways, serving domestic, international and intercontinental flights. Within the airport you will find all the usual services you’d expect to find in any of the great airports of the world: emergency medical services and pharmacies; banks; postal services; foreign exchange kiosks; left luggage facilities and lost luggage assistance; baggage assistance; lost property; a meeting point; a children’s nursery; a chapel; a business centre; smoking rooms; restaurants and snack bars; free Wi-Fi available from over 700 access points located throughout the terminals. As for airport shopping, you are spoiled for choice: fashion; perfumes; duty free alcohol and cigarettes; speciality food and wine; electronics and technology; gift ideas and souvenirs; books; magazines and confectionery and a range of entertainment products. Following is a map of the Fiumicino intercontinental destinations.

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There are tens of airlines that fly in and out of Rome Fiumicino, so I suggest you click this link where you’ll find all the scheduled airlines listed as well as the low-cost ones and all their destinations. Anyway, in the light of its size, the airport is connected with all Italian and European destinations and also with all the main intercontinental destinations in America, Asia and Africa. Fiumicino is the main hub for Alitalia which has recently entered into partnership with Etihad Airways. It is as a result of this partnership that Alitalia is now extending its long-haul routes to include direct flights to San Francisco, Mexico City, Santiago, Beijing and Seoul and increasing the frequency of its weekly flights to New York, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Abu Dhabi. For further information click here

Ciampino Airport (IATA: CIA, ICAO: LIRA)
This, the second of Rome’s airports, is located 25 kms south of the capital. In terms of passenger numbers we’re looking at around 5 million annually (2014 figures). Ciampino is the base for a number of low-cost airlines including Ryanair and Wizzair that link Rome with other leading Italian and European cities. Here, too, you will find all the main services, but not to the extent of Fiumicino.

In forthcoming posts I’ll be covering how to get to and from the city from the two airports, but for the moment here is a link to help you find the flight you want.

All data in this post are taken from Assoaeroporti. The world map is taken from Wikipedia.

 

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