Brindisi Airport is located in southern Italy, only a few kilometres from the city of Brindisi. The airport is considered to be an important gateway to this area, along with Bari Airport, which is about 111 km from Brindisi. These two airports handle the majority of passengers entering Italy’s Apulia (Puglia) region. Brindisi Airport is also commonly referred to as Brindisi Papola Casale Airport, or Aeroporto del Salento, due to its location in these areas. Although Brindisi is not often on the list of most important sight-seeing cities, there are a number of interesting buildings and museums to be admired. However, many holiday makers arriving at Brindisi Airport prefer to move on to Lecce, or other towns in the Salento area.
Passengers arriving at Brindisi Airport will find one terminal building, which has various facilities available. It is easy to navigate, with an area for departures and another for arrivals. There are a few shops, bars and restaurants available on the landside of the airport should you have some time to spare, or if you need to purchase a few items before you leave. One of the latest additions in the terminal building is a Totem Web Point, which is a great place to get some directions and information about attractions and museums of interest at your destination. You can also learn about the economical and cultural aspects of the area, and more information about hotels, restaurants and transport services available in the Apulia region. The Web Point has a colour touch screen and an easy-to-use interface.
Other facilities at Brindisi Airport include a Bancomat and ATMs for financial transactions, a First Aid office for medical advice and emergencies, and telephones. If you find yourself in the unfortunate scenario of dealing with missing or damaged luggage, you should go directly to the Lost and Found services of the airport, located in the arrivals area. Most airports will then do their best to track and locate your missing items, and you may even receive a package of useful items to help you until you have your luggage returned. This service does however vary between different airline companies.
Brindisi Airport, just like all other Italian airports, is completely equipped to facilitate disabled or reduced mobility passengers. It is now required by law for airports to welcome and assist such passengers in all ways they can. Access to the airport is provided by reserved disabled parking bays, located nearby the terminal building, along with pavement ramps, while inside the terminal there are suitable toilet facilities and wide spaces to facilitate movement in wheelchairs. Additional assistance is available from airport and airline staff members. This service should be requested at least 48 hours before your departure flight to Brindisi Airport, and from your specific airline company. Staff will then be ready and waiting for your arrival at the airport, and will offer assistance with customs and baggage collection procedures. Certain airline companies offer special equipment which will help passengers disembark from the aircraft.
Before heading out the airport for your next destination, you can actually start your sight-seeing journey right at Brindisi Airport. Within walking distance of the terminal there is the Church of Santa Maria del Casale, which is an important and popular tourist sight of the area. The church is built in a barn-like shape and has a magnificent interior and exterior. It is rather dramatically decorated inside, with a number of notable frescoes to admire. Nearby the church, there are a few charming cloister worth viewing as well.
Once ready to leave Brindisi Airport, passengers will find a few transportation options available at the airport. Bus services travel regularly to the city centre of Brindisi, and to the Lecce City Terminal. The bus to Brindisi is a local bus, and is orange or green in colour, while the bus to Lecce is a larger coach service operated by SITA. Both buses are found directly outside the arrivals area. The journey to Lecce is approximately 40 minutes. Bus tickets can be purchased from the ticket office in the arrivals area of the airport. There is no train station at Brindisi Airport. Passengers continuing their journey by train will therefore need to use the local bus to reach Brindisi Railway Station. From here connections can be made to many other towns and cities. Taxis are also available from outside the arrivals area of Brindisi Airport, and they offer a quicker and more private journey to any destination, although at a higher price.
Many passengers prefer to have their own rented car in which to travel the Salento area, and therefore, there are a number of quality car hire companies available at Brindisi Airport. Sixt, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, Alamo, Thrifty, Easycar and Auto Europa are some of the main car rental companies found in the arrivals area of the airport.
The information desk is found in the arrivals hall of Brindisi Airport, for all further enquiries.