Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport

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Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport
Fiumicino – Aeroporto Internazionale Leonardo da Vinci
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Airport type Public
Operator Aeroporti di Roma SpA
Serves Rome, Italy
Location Fiumicino
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 41°48′01″N 012°14′20″E / 41.80028°N 12.23889°E / 41.80028; 12.23889Coordinates: 41°48′01″N 012°14′20″E / 41.80028°N 12.23889°E / 41.80028; 12.23889
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FCO is located in Italy
Location in Italy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,300 10,827 Asphalt
16R/34L 3,900 12,795 Asphalt
16L/34R 3,900 12,795 Asphalt
16C/34C 3,600 11,811 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 36,166,345
Passenger change 12-13 Decrease -2.2%
Aircraft movements 298,233
Movements change 12-13 Decrease -3.7%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti [2]

Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (Italian: Fiumicino – Aeroporto Internazionale Leonardo da Vinci) (IATA: FCOICAO: LIRF) or Rome Fiumicino Airport, also simply known as Fiumicino Airport, is Italy's largest airport with 37.7 million passengers served in 2011.[3] It is located in Fiumicino, 18.9 nautical miles (35.0 km; 21.7 mi) southwest of Rome's historic city centre.[1]

The airport serves as a hub for Alitalia, the largest Italian airline. Based on total passenger numbers, it was the sixth busiest airport in Europe and the world's 29th busiest airport in 2011. It covers an area of 15 square kilometres (3,700 acres) and is named after Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci, who designed a proto helicopter and a flying machine with wings.


The airport was officially opened on January 15, 1961, with two runways, replacing the smaller Rome Ciampino Airport, which remains in service for some low cost airlines as well as domestic and charter operations. During the 1960s, Alitalia invested heavily in the new airport, building hangars and maintenance centers; in the same period a third runway was added (16L/34R). Despite being officially opened in 1961, Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport had actually been in use since August 20, 1960. This was to help relieve air traffic that was congesting Rome Ciampino Airport during the 1960 Olympics.[4]

Four runways presently operate at Leonardo da Vinci airport: 16L/34R and 16R/34L (separated by a distance of 4,000 m (13,000 ft)), 16C/34C (close to 16L/34R), mostly used as a taxiway or as a backup for 16L/34R, and 07/25, used only westwards for takeoffs owing to the prevailing winds.

Since 2005 the airport operates a category III B instrument landing system (ILS). Further improvement work was implemented in 2007 to enable the airport to handle 30 takeoffs/landings per hour, up from 10, in the event of thick fog.

Several projects are planned.[citation needed] These include the construction of an environmentally-friendly cogeneration system, which would allow the airport to produce its own energy; construction of Pier C (dedicated to international flights) with 16 additional loading bridges, to handle the expected growth from 38 million passengers per year[when?] to 55 million by 2018; and the "Masterplan Fiumicino Nord", involving four new terminals and two new runways to be built by 2044, when there are estimated to be 100 million passengers per year.


The terminals were upgraded during the 1990s and 2000s.[5] In 1991, the domestic Pier A with 12 loading bridges opened. In 1995, the international Pier B with 10 loading bridges opened. In 1999, the international Satellite C with 11 loading bridges and an elevated automated people mover connecting it with the main terminal. In 2000, the new domestic Terminal A opened, and the terminal buildings, then consisting of Terminal A (with Pier A), Terminal AA, Terminal B (with Pier B), and Terminal C (with Satellite C), were reorganized. In 2004, the new cargo terminal called Cargo City opened. In 2008, Terminal 5 opened for check-in for American carriers and El-Al. Passengers are then bussed to what was then called Satellite C. The terminal serves 950,000 passengers per year. Work was extended[clarification needed] to build the new Pier C. In 2009, the terminals were renamed - A was renamed T1, AA was renamed T2, B and C became T3 and T5 stayed the same. In 2010, the new single baggage handling system for more efficient luggage delivery began operations.

Terminal Gates Airlines
T1 B1-B13
Alitalia (Short Haul Flights)
Air France, KLM, Etihad Regional
T2 C1-C7 Low Cost Airlines
T3 C8-C16
Alitalia (Long Haul Flights)
all the others company
T5 H1-H3
USA and Israel's Carriers

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Alitalia Boeing 777-200ER taxiing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.
Royal Jordanian Airbus A320 shortly after landing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.
Emirates Boeing 777-300 landing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.
Tunisair Boeing 737-600 taxiing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.
Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-300X landing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.
American Airlines Boeing 767-300ER with Oneworld livery taxiing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.
easyJet Airbus A320 taxiing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.
Aeroflot Airbus A321 taxiing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.
Air France Airbus A320 with SkyTeam livery taxiing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.
Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER taxiing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.
British Airways Airbus A319 taxiing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.
SriLankan Airlines Airbus A330-200 taxiing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aegean Airlines Athens 3
Aer Lingus Dublin 3
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo, St Petersburg 3
operated by Rossiya
St Petersburg 3
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Ezeiza 3
Afriqiyah Airways
operated by Air Moldova
Tripoli 3
Air Algérie Algiers 3
airBaltic Riga 3
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf 3
Air Canada Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson 3
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau (begins 23 May 2014) 3
Air China Beijing-Capital 3
Air Corsica Seasonal: Ajaccio 3
Air Europa Madrid 3
Air France Marseille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse 1
Air Malta Malta 3
Air Moldova Chișinău 3
Air Serbia Belgrade 3
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson 3
Alitalia Algiers, Amman-Queen Alia, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Beirut, Belgrade, Bilbao, Bologna, Brindisi, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cagliari, Cairo, Casablanca, Catania, Copenhagen, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Genoa, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kiev-Boryspil, Kraków, Lamezia Terme, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Montpellier, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Munich, Naples, Nice, Palermo, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Reggio Calabria, Sofia, St. Petersburg, Tbilisi, Tirana, Tripoli, Tunis, Turin, Valencia, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin, Yerevan, Zürich
Seasonal: Heraklion, Ibiza, Lampedusa, Menorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Pantelleria, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Trapani
Alitalia Abu Dhabi, Accra, Boston, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Caracas, Lagos, Miami, New York-JFK, Osaka-Kansai, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tokyo-Narita, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Los Angeles
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Ancona (resumes 1 May 2014, ends 31 May 2014), Bologna, Comiso (begins 1 June 2014), Geneva, Genoa, Milan-Malpensa, Milan-Linate, London-City, Montpellier, Naples, Oran, Pisa, Podgorica, Skopje (begins 1 May 2014), Toulouse, Trieste, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona, Vienna, Zürich 1
operated by Mistral Air
Ancona (begins 1 June 2014)[6] 1
American Airlines Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, New York-JFK 5
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku 3
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna 3
Belavia Minsk-National 3
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Dhaka 3
Blue Air Bacău, Bucharest 2
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Bergamo,[7]Catania, Moscow-Domodedovo, Palermo, Reggio Calabria, Tirana, Turin
Seasonal: Bodrum, Cephalonia, Corfu, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Lampedusa, Menorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Pantelleria, Preveza, Rhodes, Rijeka (begins 20 June 2014), Santorini, Skiathos, Zakynthos
Blue Panorama Airlines Havana
Seasonal: Cancún, La Romana, Santiago de Cuba
British Airways London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow 3
Brussels Airlines Brussels 3
Bulgaria Air Sofia 3
Carpatair Lublin (begins 25 April 2014) 3
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong 3
China Airlines Delhi, Taipei-Taoyuan 3
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai-Pudong
Seasonal: Wenzhou
Croatia Airlines Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb 3
Czech Airlines Prague 3
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit, New York-JFK
easyJet Amsterdam, Athens, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Belgrade, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, Copenhagen, Hamburg, London-Gatwick, Lyon, Madrid, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Nantes, Nice, Palermo, Paris-Orly, Prague,[8] Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki, Toulouse
Seasonal: Corfu, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Ibiza, Malta, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes (begins 17 June 2014), Santorini, Split
easyJet Switzerland Geneva 2
EgyptAir Cairo 3
El Al Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 5
Emirates Dubai-International 3
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa 3
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi (begins 15 July 2014) 3
Etihad Regional
operated by Darwin Airline
Bolzano, Geneva,[9] 1
Eurolot Rzeszów 3
Finnair Helsinki 3
Germanwings Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Hanover, Stuttgart 3
GoodFly Seasonal: Tenerife-South[10] 3
HOP! Bordeaux, Lyon, Strasbourg 1
Iberia Madrid 3
operated by SkyTaxi
Seasonal: Dole (begins 23 May 2014)[11] 3
Israir Airlines Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 5
Iran Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini 3
Jet2.com Glasgow-International, Manchester
Seasonal: Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle
KLM Amsterdam 1
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon 3
Kuwait Airways Kuwait, Paris-Charles de Gaulle 3
Livingston Alghero, Skopje
Seasonal: Mombasa, Zanzibar
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Warsaw-Chopin 3
Lufthansa Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich 3
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Air Dolomiti
Munich 3
Luxair Luxembourg 3
Meridiana Catania, Fuerteventura, Malé, Mauritius, Olbia, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: La Romana, Menorca (begins 15 June 2014), Mombasa, Mykonos, Santorini, Zanzibar
Middle East Airlines Beirut 3
Mistral Air Mostar (begins 17 April 2014)
Seasonal: Zakynthos
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, London-Luton 3
Montenegro Airlines Podgorica 3
Neos Boa Vista, Cancún, Malé, Mombasa, Nosy Be, Sal
Seasonal: Fuerteventura, Tenerife-South, Zanzibar
Niki Vienna 3
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Helsinki, London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Bergen, Gothenburg-Landvetter
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen 3
Qatar Airways Doha 3
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca 3
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia 3
Ryanair Barcelona,[12] Brussels, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Palermo 3
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Hajj: Medina
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda 3
Singapore Airlines Singapore 3
Sky Work Airlines Bern 3
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Prague 3
SriLankan Airlines Colombo 3
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva (begins 13 April 2014), Zürich 3
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss European Air Lines
Basel/Mulhouse 3
TAP Portugal Lisbon 3
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Porto 3
TAROM Bucharest, Iași 3
Tassili Airlines Hassi Messaoud[13] 3
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 3
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Vnukovo, St Petersburg 3
Transavia.com Rotterdam/The Hague 3
Transavia.com France Nantes 3
Tunisair Tunis 3
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 3
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil 3
United Airlines Washington-Dulles
Seasonal: Newark[14]
Ural Airlines Yekaterinburg 3
US Airways Philadelphia
Seasonal: Charlotte
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent 3
Vueling Alicante, Amsterdam (begins 25 June 2014),[15] Athens (begins 10 June 2014),[15] Barcelona, Bari (begins 25 June 2014),[15] Berlin-Tegel (begins 25 June 2014),[15] Brindisi (begins 13 June 2014),[15] Brussels (begins 24 April 2014),[15] Catania (begins 11 May 2014),[15] Genoa (begins 17 September 2014),[15] Lamezia Terme (begins 25 June 2014),[15] Madrid, Málaga, Munich (begins 13 June 2014),[15] Nantes, Palermo (begins 10 June 2014),[15] Paris-Orly, Prague (begins 16 June 2014),[15] Turin (begins 17 September 2014),[15] Valencia
Seasonal: Bastia (begins 20 June 2014), Corfu (begins 25 June 2014),[15] Dubrovnik (begins 19 June 2014),[15] Heraklion (begins 23 June 2014),[15] Ibiza, Malta (begins 24 June 2014,[15] Menorca, Mykonos (begins 22 June 2014),[15] Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes (begins 18 June 2014),[15] Santiago de Compostela (begins 21 June 2014),[15] Santorini (begins 23 June 2014),[15] Seville (begins 20 June 2014),[15] Split (begins 18 June 2014),[15] Tenerife-South (begins 28 June 2014), Zagreb (begins 26 June 2014), Zakynthos (begins 21 June 2014)
Wizz Air Budapest, Prague, Sofia, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin 2
Wizz Air Ukraine Donetsk (ends 30 April 2014), Lviv (begins 30 April 2014)[16] 2
Yemenia Sana'a 3


Airlines Destinations
Alitalia Summer: Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Kos, Marsa Alam, Menorca, Mostar, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini, Shannon, Sharm el-Sheikh
Winter: Dubai, La Romana, Malé, Mauritius, Mombasa, Pointe-à-Pitre, Zanzibar
Arkia Israel Airlines Summer: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Blue Panorama Airlines Summer: Mersa Matruh
Europe Airpost Ostend, Paris-Orly, Tangier
Livingston Mostar
Summer: Athens, Marsa Alam
Malmö Aviation Billund, Odense
Meridiana Summer: Marsa Alam, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Minoan Air Portorož (Begins 1 May)
Mistral Air Summer: Enfidha, Lourdes, Mostar, Sharm el-Sheikh
Neos Air Winter: Dubai World Central, Luxor
Summer: Lanzarote, Mahé, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Small Planet Italia Lourdes
Summer: Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Marsa Alam, Menorca, Shannon, Sharm el-Sheikh
SunExpress Summer: Izmir
Sun d'Or International Airlines
operated by El Al
Summer: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Tunisair Summer: Djerba, Monastir, Tabarka
Turkish Airlines Summer: Izmir
Ukraine International Airlines Summer: Lviv[17]

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Busiest routes from Rome-Fiumicino Airport on 2013 were the following:[18]

Busiest Domestic Routes from Fiumicino (2013)[18]
Rank Rank
City Passengers Airline(s)
1 Steady Sicily Catania, Sicily Decrease 773,523 Alitalia, Blu-express, Meridiana Fly, Ryanair
2 Steady Lombardy Milan-Linate, Lombardy Increase 719,402 Alitalia, easyJet
3 Steady Sicily Palermo, Sicily Decrease 641,747 Alitalia, Blu-express, easyJet, Ryanair
4 Increase 2 Sardinia Cagliari, Sardinia Increase 359,936 Alitalia
5 Decrease 1 Piedmont Turin, Piedmont Decrease 334,757 Alitalia, Blu-express, Meridiana Fly
6 Decrease 1 Veneto Venice-Marco Polo, Veneto Decrease 314,246 Alitalia, easyJet
7 Increase 2 Apulia Bari, Apulia Decrease 260,026 Alitalia
8 Steady Calabria Lamezia Terme, Calabria Decrease 255,155 Alitalia, Blu-express
9 Decrease 2 Lombardy Milan-Malpensa, Lombardy Decrease 230,912 Alitalia, easyJet
10 Steady Liguria Genoa, Liguria Decrease 202,812 Alitalia, Small Planet Italia
11 Steady Apulia Brindisi, Apulia Decrease 184,061 Alitalia
12 Steady Calabria Reggio Calabria, Calabria Decrease 149,330 Alitalia, Blu-express
13 Steady Friuli-Venezia Giulia Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia Decrease 144,453 Alitalia
14 Steady Campania Naples, Campania Decrease 137,780 Alitalia
15 Steady Sardinia Alghero, Sardinia Increase 135,744 Alitalia, Livingston
16 Steady Sardinia Olbia, Sardinia Increase 126,101 Meridiana
17 Increase 2 Tuscany Florence, Tuscany Decrease 112,965 Alitalia
18 Decrease 1 Veneto Verona, Veneto Decrease 107,199 Alitalia
19 Decrease 1 Emilia-Romagna Bologna, Emilia-Romagna Decrease 105,671 Alitalia
20 Steady Tuscany Pisa, Tuscany Decrease 73,186 Alitalia
Busiest European Routes from Fiumicino (2013)[18]
Rank Rank
City Passengers Airline(s)
1 Steady France Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France Decrease 1,106,141 Air France, Alitalia, Kuwait Airways
2 Steady Spain Madrid, Spain Decrease 1,010,347 Air Europa, Alitalia, easyJet, Iberia, Vueling
3 Steady United Kingdom London-Heathrow, United Kingdom Decrease 978,580 Alitalia, British Airways
4 Steady Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Increase 954,816 Alitalia, KLM, easyJet
5 Increase 2 France Paris-Orly, France Increase 767,187 Air France, easyJet, Vueling
6 Decrease 1 Spain Barcelona, Spain Decrease 704,970 Alitalia, Vueling
7 Decrease 1 Germany Frankfurt am Main, Germany Decrease 704,830 Alitalia, Lufthansa
8 Increase 3 Greece Athens, Greece Increase 552,793 Aegean Airlines, Alitalia, easyJet
9 Increase 1 United Kingdom London-Gatwick, United Kingdom Increase 544,452 British Airways, easyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle
10 Decrease 2 Germany Munich, Germany Increase 539,931 Alitalia, Lufthansa
11 Increase 1 Turkey Istanbul-Atatürk, Turkey Increase 469,603 Alitalia, Turkish Airlines
12 Decrease 3 Belgium Brussels, Belgium Decrease 465,148 Alitalia, Brussels Airlines
13 Increase 3 Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland Increase 413,918 Alitalia, Swiss International Air Lines
14 Steady Russia Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Russia Increase 439,015 Aeroflot, Alitalia
15 Steady Austria Vienna, Austria Increase 391,500 Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Niki
16 Increase 2 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark Increase 385,620 Alitalia, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
17 Decrease 4 Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Decrease 383,059 easyJet, TAP Portugal
18 Decrease 1 Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland Decrease 304,859 Alitalia, Darwin Airline, easyJet
19 Steady Romania Bucharest, Romania Decrease 304,524 Alitalia, Blue Air, TAROM
20 Increase 1 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Increase 262,171 Alitalia, Czech Airlines, Smart Wings, Wizz Air
Busiest Intercontinental Routes from Fiumicino (2013)[18]
Rank Rank
City Passengers Airline(s)
1 Steady United States New York-John F. Kennedy, New York, United States Increase 601,526 Alitalia, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines
2 Steady Israel Tel Aviv, Israel Increase 559,112 Alitalia, El Al, Israir Airlines, Neos
3 Steady United Arab Emirates Dubai-International, United Arab Emirates Increase 527,435 Emirates, Neos
4 Steady Canada Toronto-Pearson, Ontario, Canada Decrease 285,360 Alitalia, Air Canada, Air Transat
5 Steady Argentina Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Argentina Increase 277,963 Aerolíneas Argentinas, Alitalia
6 Steady Qatar Doha, Qatar Increase 240,344 Qatar Airways
7 Steady Japan Tokyo-Narita, Japan Increase 231,429 Alitalia
8 Increase 1 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Increase 227,903 Alitalia, Egyptair
9 Decrease 1 Tunisia Tunis, Tunisia Decrease 207,861 Alitalia, Tunisair
10 Increase 1 Brazil São Paulo-Guarulhos, Brazil Decrease 207,616 Alitalia
11 Increase 2 United States Atlanta, Georgia, United States Decrease 182,514 Delta Air Lines
12 Steady Morocco Casablanca, Morocco Decrease 182,268 Alitalia, Royal Air Maroc
13 Increase 2 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Increase 170,919 US Airways
14 Decrease 4 China Beijing-Capital, China Decrease 152,833 Air China, Alitalia
15 Increase 1 Hong Kong Hong Kong Increase 151,326 Cathay Pacific
16 Increase 3 United States Miami, Florida, United States Increase 143,739 Alitalia
17 Increase 1 Algeria Algiers, Algeria Increase 143,679 Air Algerie, Alitalia
18 Increase 4 China Shanghai-Pudong, China Increase 142,783 China Eastern Airlines
19 Decrease 2 United States Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois, United States Decrease 142,116 Alitalia, American Airlines
20 Increase 3 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela Increase 126,135 Alitalia

Ground handling[edit]

Ground handling services were provided by Aeroporti di Roma until 1999, when it created Aeroporti di Roma Handling (to serve all airlines except for Alitalia, which continued to be handled by Aeroporti di Roma itself). Alitalia provided passenger assistance even before 1999. In 2001, Alitalia created "Alitalia Airport" and started providing ground handling for itself and other airlines. Air One created EAS and started providing third-party services as well.[when?] Aeroporti di Roma Handling remains the biggest handler in terms of airlines handled, but Alitalia Airport is the biggest handler in terms of airplanes handled as Alitalia aircraft account for 50% of the ones at Fiumicino.[when?] There are some other private handlers that provide passenger assistance, including ARE Group, Globeground Italia and ICTS Italia.

On 2 May 2006, Meridiana's passenger handling staff transferred to Alitalia Airport, and the ramp employees transferred to Alitalia Airport in February 2007 (from Aeroporti di Roma Handling).

In May 2006, Italy's Civil Aviation Authority announced that it took off the limitation of 3 ramp handlers in Rome Leonardo da Vinci airport. ARE Group and Aviapartner announced that they would create a company called Aviapartner (51% Aviapartner; 49% ARE Group) to serve Milan Malpensa and Rome Leonardo da Vinci. There are fears that luggage mishandling will go up.[by whom?] Ground handling deregulation has brought confusion on who does what and has decreased service levels, especially on transferring baggage.

In November 2006 Aeroporti di Roma Handling was sold to Flightcare (itself owned by Spanish company FCC), an Aviance member.

Security services[edit]

Security Services transferred from the Polizia di Stato to Aeroporti di Roma in 2000. Aeroporti di Roma created Airport Security (100%-owned) to provide these services as well as security services to airlines (in competition with other security companies such as IVRI). Airport Security is supervised by Polizia di Stato (Italian State Police), Guardia di Finanza (Italian Customs Police), Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile (Italy's Civil Aviation Authority), and Aeroporti di Roma.

Ground transportation[edit]

Leonardo da Vinci is about 35 km (22 mi) by car from Rome's historic city centre. The airport is served by a six-lane motorway and numerous buses and taxis.

Fiumicino Aeroporto railway station is served by the Leonardo Express train operated by Trenitalia, available at the airport terminal. It takes 30 minutes to get to Termini Station in a non-stop trip that is provided twice an hour. Alternatively, local trains (FL1 line) leave once every 15 minutes, stopping at all stations. However these trains do not head to Termini station. Passengers have to change at Trastevere, Ostiense (Metro Piramide) or Tuscolana.[19] The railway opened in December 1989, with nonstop and several stop services available.[20]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

From the 1960s until the 1980s, the airport experienced significant aircraft hijackings as well as being the scene of two major terrorist attacks and the port of origin for an aircraft bombing in flight—some engendered by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • On 23 November 1964, TWA Flight 800, operated by a Boeing 707, had an engine catch fire during take off. 50 of the 73 passengers and crew on board were killed.
  • On 2 February 2013, Alitalia Flight 1670, en route from Pisa International Airport to Rome, overran the runway during landing. Sixteen occupants were injured, two of them seriously.[21][22]


External links[edit]

Media related to Fiumicino Airport at Wikimedia Commons