Naples International Airport (NAP), officially known as Ugo Niutta, is Naples’ primary aerial hub. Located 3.7 miles (5.9 km) north-east of the city center, it comprises two terminal buildings – one for passengers and another for charter operations.
Generally well-organized and efficient, public transport to and from Naples International is bountiful. However avoid the many unlicensed drivers who attempt to pick up travelers and charge them exorbitant prices. Licensed taxis are highly visible and display a list of fixed rates inside their vehicles. By the end of 2011, though, passengers will also have the opportunity to travel to and from Naples International via train, as a new railway line connecting the airport to the city is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
As with most airports, Naples International can get chaotic at times. However, it’s generally a quick process getting in and out of the airport, and amenities are clean and adequate. Staff speak little English, but they are usually friendly and try their best to assist non-Italian speaking passengers.
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Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA):www.adr.it 12km (7.5 miles) south of Rome.
To / from the airport: The closest rail station is Ciampino Citta, linked by a bus. There are loads of public buses (Terravision, Sitbus, ATTRAL). Take taxis from the official taxi stand; there's a fixed rate of €30 per cab for four passengers.
Facilities: Bank, ATM, currency exchange, lost and found, nursery and medical facilities, passenger assistance and service desk.
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The small regional airport serving the city of Bologna is named after its most famous son, engineer and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio. Located 3.75 miles (6km) from the city, Bologna G Marconi Airport (BLQ) is seeing steadily rising traffic, as Bologna becomes an increasingly popular business and tourism destination.
Flights to Bologna Airport are available on many well-known airlines from cities all over Europe, including London, Dublin, Athens, Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Copenhagen and Stockholm. There are even more connections to other cities within Italy.
As Bologna is perfectly situated between popular tourist destinations such as Milan, Genoa, Pisa, Florence, San Marino, Venice, and Verona, it offers a great opportunity to escape the queues of the larger hubs. The small size of the airport makes for a hassle-free experience; a perfect end to a holiday sampling the delights of northern Italy.
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Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino
The sixth-busiest airport in Europe, Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), also known more simply as Fiumicino Airport, sees a whopping 35 million passengers each year. The airport is named for Leonardo da Vinci, the famous Italian artist and inventor, who first attempted to design flying machines. The airport is well-connected to Rome via the metro train, although tickets are rather expensive.
The airport is a hub for Alitalia, although there are loads more European and international airlines with regular flights to Leonardi da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport. They come in from across the European Union as well as from the US, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East.
Like any busy airport hub, queues can be long at peak times. Get in early and, if you've time to spare, head for the masses of prestigious fashion stores and good coffee shops to pass the time.
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Linate International Airport (LIN), officially called Airport Enrico Forlanini – after the Italian inventor and aeronautical engineer born in Milan – is one of three major airports in Milan. It was completely reconstructed in the 1950s, as well as the 1980s, in order to accommodate the increasing number of tourists visiting the area each year, and in 2010 it handled more than 8 million passengers. Flights to Milan Linate International Airport come from hubs in the UK and Europe.
Comprising one fairly tired-looking terminal building with two levels, Linate International can be somewhat crowded and chaotic at times. Thankfully, however, staff are friendly and helpful. There are five airbridges, which means that numerous flights are boarded via airport shuttles, thus increasing waiting times for many passengers.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of using Linate International is its close proximity to the city center. Located only 4.8 miles (7.8km) south-east of Milan, it’s a short, 15-minute drive to the capital of Lombardy.
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Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), previously known as Aeroporto Citta diBusto Arsizio, is the largest of Milan’s three airports. With more than 100 airlines serving the airport, it’s Europe’s 21st busiest airport, having handled almost 19 million passengers in 2010. Flights to Milan Malpensa Airport arrive from main hubs in Europe, the UK, Asia, the US, Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Milan Malpensa constitutes two tired-looking passenger terminal buildings that are considerably far from one another. Fortunately, however, a shuttle service runs between them every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day. A new runway is currently underway, although flights are running to normal schedules. Construction of the new car park, by contrast, is restricting access to only a few public transport vehicles. As such, private vehicle owners are advised to park in P3 and the multi-story car parks until further notice.
Although a fairly old airport, Milan Malpensa is efficient and staff are generally helpful and friendly. Queues usually flow easily and baggage handling systems are quick. Perhaps one major downside, is the airport’s lack of airbridges, which results in delays and long waiting times between gates and boarding.
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Marco Polo (Tessera)
Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) is the gateway to the beautiful and romantic city of Venice, with its islands, canals and gondolas, located an easy five miles (8km) from central Venice.
The airport’s single terminal is easy to navigate and consists of three floors. The departures area is on the first floor and arrivals is on the ground floor. There are loads of shops and restaurants, including duty-free options and plenty of high-quality souvenirs and gifts, just in case you forgot to get them in Venice.
There are several airlines that offer flights to Venice Marco Polo Airport. These include a couple of low-cost carriers that connect Venice to cities across Europe, such as London, Manchester, Zurich, Leeds and Geneva. There are also flights to Venice Airport from Doha, New York and Istanbul as well as many other cities across the world.
Venice Marco Polo Airport is a great facility to use when traveling to this magical city. There are plenty of amenities at the airport and it is well connected to the city, making it the perfect choice when flying to Venice.
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Pisa Galileo Galilei International
Pisa International Airport, or Galileo Galilei Airport, (PSA) is less than a mile (1km) from central Pisa. It’s a great airport to use when traveling to the Tuscany region and it is only 37 miles (60km) from Florence.
Although Pisa International Airport has a wide selection of passenger amenities, it does tend to get a bit crowded, particularly during the peak summer season. Passengers using the airport have loads of seating space in the restaurants and cafes, but the terminal itself is a little small and cramped.
With a number of low-cost airlines, such as Ryanair and easyJet, offering cheap flights to Pisa International Airport, it’s easy to find a ticket to suit your budget. There are also a number of regional carriers offering flights to Galileo Galilei Airport from cities across Europe, including Madrid, London, Rome, Athens and Barcelona. There are even some flights to Pisa International from further afield, such as Moscow, Sharm el-Sheikh and New York.
Pisa International is well serviced by public transport options and it’s a great airport to use as a gateway to the Florence region.
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