Is it known as
- Fiumicino Airport
- Leonardo da Vinci Airport (Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci di Fiumicino)
Fiumicino handles over 35 million passengers a year making it the 6th busiest in Europe and the 27th busiest airport in the world. It is the home base for the national airline, Alitalia. It is named after Leonardo da Vinci who first designed a flying machine with wings. More than 80 international airlines operate in and out of Fiumicino.
The airport has four terminals: Terminal A is for domestic flights, Terminal B is for flights inside the Schengen territory, and Terminal C and the Satellite Terminal are for all other international flights. A shuttle bus goes every 20 minutes between the terminals, which also goes to the long-term parking area.
Since 2007 landing technology has allowed up to 30 takeoffs/landings per hour and increased safety in thick fog and low visibility situations.
Transport to Rome Centre
- Rome > Fiumicino from 05.52 till 22.52
- Fiumicino > Rome from 06.36 till 22.36
The journey takes about half an hour. Tickets bought from Trenitalia offices cost 14 euro, the same ticket from any other vendor is 15 euro (although the ticket will still read 14). See the Official Website for details.
At Fiumicino the station is between the two terminals within walking distance. At Roma Termini the train arrives on the far platform 28 which is about 15 minutes walk from the Metro lines and ten minutes walk from the main entrance to Termini.
Taxis are an alternative; they cost about 40 euro during the day and more at night.
The airport serves domestic and international routes. The main domestic routes are:
The airport was officially opened in January 1961, with two runways. It was designed as a replacement for the smaller Ciampino airport. A third runway was added a few years later.
During the 1960s and 1970s the airport witnessed a number of hijackings. It was also the scene of several terrorist attacks.
- In 1973, Pan Am Flight 110 was attacked with phosphorous bombs leaving 30 passengers dead and 20 wounded.
- In 1985 the airport was attacked leaving 13 dead and 99 wounded.
- In 1986, TWA Flight 840 from Fiumicino to Athens, Greece was bombed, killing 4.
- 1964 - an engine caught fire on TWA Flight 800 during take off; 50 out of the 73 passengers and crew on board were killed
- 1988 - Uganda Airlines Flight 775, en route from London to Entebbe, Uganda via Rome crashed on landing killing 26 passengers and all 7 crew
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