Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
|Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport
Fiumicino – Aeroporto Internazionale Leonardo da Vinci
|IATA: FCO – ICAO: LIRF|
|Operator||Aeroporti di Roma SpA|
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|Elevation AMSL||13 ft / 4 m|
|Passenger change 11-12||-1.8%|
|Movements change 11-12||-4.5%|
|Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL
Statistics from Assaeroporti 
Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (Italian: Fiumicino – Aeroporto Internazionale Leonardo da Vinci) (IATA: FCO, ICAO: LIRF) or Rome Fiumicino Airport, also simply known as Fiumicino Airport, is Italy's largest airport with 37.7 million passengers served in 2011. It is located in Fiumicino, 18.9 nautical miles (35.0 km; 21.7 mi) southwest of Rome's historic city centre.
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.
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.
The terminals were upgraded during the 1990s and 2000s. 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.
Several projects are planned. 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.
Airlines and destinations
- All international (non-Schengen) flights arrive at Terminal 3, through gates G and H. Terminal 5 is an isolated, departure-only facility for all US and Israel flagged carriers.
Traffic and statistics
|1||Catania, Sicily||848,081||Alitalia, Blu-express, Meridiana Fly|
|3||Palermo, Sicily||687,273||Alitalia, Blu-express, easyJet, Wind Jet|
|4||Turin, Piedmont||441,007||Alitalia, Blu-express, Meridiana Fly|
|5||Venice-Marco Polo, Veneto||370,235||Alitalia, easyJet|
|6||Cagliari, Sardinia||341,017||Alitalia, Meridiana Fly|
|7||Milan-Malpensa, Lombardy||302,254||Alitalia, easyJet|
|8||Lamezia Terme, Calabria||267,613||Alitalia, Blu-express|
|10||Genoa, Liguria||227,632||Alitalia, Blu-express|
|12||Reggio Calabria, Calabria||151,901||Alitalia, Blu-express|
|13||Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia||150,728||Alitalia|
^ Istanbul-Atatürk Airport is considered in Europe, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen Airport is considered in Asia.
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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.
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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.
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. The railway opened in December 1989, with nonstop and several stop services available.
Accidents and incidents
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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 17 December 1973, Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) Flight 110 was attacked by Palestinian terrorists. 30 passengers were killed when phosphorus bombs were thrown aboard the aircraft as it was preparing for departure.
- On 27 December 1985, during the Rome and Vienna airport attacks, terrorists shot and killed 16 people and wounded 99 others at the airport.
- On 2 April 1986, TWA Flight 840, which was travelling from Fiumicino to Ellinikon International Airport in Athens, Greece, was bombed, ejecting 4 people from the plane to their deaths. The plane landed safely.
- On 17 October 1988, Uganda Airlines Flight 775, en route from London Gatwick Airport to Rome, then to Entebbe International Airport, crashed short of the runway after two missed approaches. Twenty-six of the 45 passengers aboard, as well as all 7 crew members, died.
- 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.
- EAD Basic
- Associazione Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali
- Italian Airport Statistics
- Expansion projects at Fiumicino
- EasyJet launches 2 new routes from Rome in S14
- GoodFly Rome-Tenerife
- Ryanair New Routes from Rome-Fiumicino Base
- Transavia Open Amsterdam-Rome in April 2014
- Transavia Open Orly-Rome in April 2014
- Vueling open 24 new routes from Rome
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- "Where to Meet at FCO?". Retrieved 1 July 2011.
- "Timetable". Ukraine International Airlines. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "ENAC: Italy's Traffic Statistics 2011" (PDF). 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
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- Squires, Nick (4 February 2013). "Alitalia paints over crashed plane's markings". Telegraph. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
Media related to Fiumicino Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Leonardo da Vinci international airport (English/Italian)
- Current weather for LIRF at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for FCO at Aviation Safety Network
- Boeing Company's listing of Fiumicino Airport, its runways, and noise abatement procedures
- UK team to plan Rome Fiumicino international terminal expansion