Ancona Airport is located approximately 18 km west of the city of Ancona, in the Marche region of central Italy. The strategic position of the airport, about halfway down the Italian Adriatic coastline, is ideal for multi-transport facilities, as it is directly connected to main roads and motorways, and is nearby a railway station as well. Alternative names are Ancona-Falconara, due to its location in Falconara Marittima, and Raffaello Sanzio, which is the name of a famous painter and architect who was born in nearby Urbino, in the Marche region. This painter was more commonly known as Raphael. The terminal is well equipped with all the facilities required by arriving and departing passengers, and a number of airline companies operate from the airport, serving a variety of destinations.
The company of Aerdorica S.p.A manages Ancona Airport. This company is responsible for all aspects of the operations, such as handling services for passengers, airlines and cargo, refueling services and management of all activities. The Aerdorica S.p.A aims to provide for all the needs of their customers, and maintain effective security measures, and to develop the efficiency of the facilities. The company also focuses on improvements in the profitability of operations, and maintenance of costs and quality of all processes and services. Their duty is to facilitate the overall growth.
There are currently two main groups of shareholders within the company of Aerdorica S.p.A. The Marche region of Italy holds the majority of shares, with 67%, while the other 33% is made up out of mostly a private group of entrepreneurs. The Aerdorica S.p.A Company is also responsible for the growth of freight movements, which include ‘pure’ cargo flights, courier activities and mail flights.
Ancona Airport is served by a number of airline carriers, with Ryanair as the most significant. Ryanair has become a very popular low-cost airline company that has a major presence at many of Italy’s international airports. They are very popular for flights to London, as well as to many major Italian and Spanish cities. From here, Ryanair offers flights to Alghero, Trapani, Brussels South-Charleroi, Madrid, Seville and Weeze. Alitalia, Carpatair and Belle Air, operate by Belle Air Europe, are other important carriers, and between them, serve the destinations of Rome-Fiumicino, Milan-Orio al Serio, Pristina, Tirana and Timisoara. Lufthansa offers flights to Munich, and Meridiana, operated by Eurofly, has seasonal flights to Sharm el-Sheikh.
Cargo flights also play an important role in the activities. About 4,500,00 kg of cargo is transported through the Ancona airport each year, by the main cargo carriers of DHL and Federal Express. The cargo terminal has a storage area of 1.800 square meters and office space of 820 square meters. The cargo terminal is able to handle various types of freight, including goods which come from countries that need particular permit and certificate. The facilities in the cargo division include the Ancona Customs office, an E.U. veterinary borer inspection point with offices, laboratories and two cold storage facilities, a psychopathologist and laboratory, equipment to handle freights and handling agent and airline offices.
The passenger terminal was, in 2004, completely upgraded and expanded to allow the airport to handle the expected increase in passenger numbers over the coming years. The building is now extremely modern and comfortable, and has a welcoming atmosphere for all its passengers. It is a single terminal, handling all domestic and international arrivals and departures. Both areas are of approximately the same size, around 6.300 square meters. There is one runway with an asphalt surface, and a length of 2,962 meters. It is also 45 meters wide, which is the standard width of international runways. The length of the runway is also adequate, and able to support larger aircrafts.
Ancona Airport is not the largest in Italy, handling only around 500,000 passengers per year, whereas others handle millions of passengers per year, however, it is well equipped, which offers many facilities to its passengers. There is a full service bank, by the name of Banca Marche, which is open during weekday hours, an ATM and currency exchange services. The banking facilities are found in both the arrivals and departure terminals. The VIP lounge is available for business class passengers, and offers a tranquil and relaxing environment. Its facilities include television and TV text, electricity sockets for PC usage, Internet connections and magazines. A pharmacy is available, as well as a baggage wrapping machine. The ticket office can be found in the main terminal building, on the ground floor of the departures hall, and is known as ‘Biglietteria’ in Italian.
The facilities also include a number of retail outlets, which include a duty free store, a newsagent and shops for items such as sunglasses, souvenirs, cigarettes and stamps, and typical Italian food and wine. A variety of cafés, bars and restaurants are available as well.
The airport is fully accessible to disabled passengers, and has all the facilities required for their comfort. Further information is available on the official website at www.ancona-airport.com.
Below is a sample of routes flight times and Airlines that fly from Ancona Airport.