Brindisi Airport is considered to be an important gateway to the Puglia region of southern Italy, and is located only two or three kilometres from the city of Brindisi. Areas nearby the airport also include the popular destination of Lecce, and other towns in the Salento area, which are well known for their beautiful sea and beaches. Brindisi Airport is often referred to as Brindisi Papola Casale Airport, or Aeroporto del Salento, due to its location in these areas. The airport is not the largest in Italy, but does handle over a million passengers per year, and is well equipped for the needs of arriving and departing passengers. Departure flights at Brindisi Airport are offered by several airline companies.
Although there are not hundreds of airline companies at Brindisi Airport, there are a fair amount, and of which offer quite a number of local and international destinations. Ryanair is the well known and popular ëlow-costí airline at the airport, with destinations such as Bologna, Eindhoven, Girona, London-Stansted, Milan-Orio al Serio, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Turin, Venice-Treviso and Verona. Air One at Brindisi Airport flies to Milan-Malpensa Airport, while Alitalia, another popular airline company at the airport, includes destinations such as Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino and Venice-Marco Polo. Other airline companies in operation from Brindisi Airport include Easyjet, Air France, KLM and Air Baltic.
Brindisi is also located nearby to other airports in southern Italy, such as Bari Airport (111 km), Tirana Airport (170 km), Crotone Airport (198 km), Corfu Airport (204 km),and Tivat Airport, which is also 204 km from Brindisi Airport. Together with Bari Airport, Brindisi handles the majority of passengers in and out of the Apulia (Puglia) region. Brindisi Airport, along with a few other important airports in Italy, is a division of the Aeroporti di Puglia.
There is one terminal building at Brindisi Airport, which is very easy to navigate, with a section for arrivals and another for departures. There are various facilities within the terminal, such as a Bancomat, ATMs, First Aid office, bus ticket office and lost and found services. A few shops are located on the landside of the airport, as well as a duty-free shop in the secure departures lounge. A couple of bars and restaurants provide meals and snacks for passengers waiting for flights or friends to arrive. Airline tickets are purchased at the SEAP Counter. There are no elaborate business services at Brindisi Airport, only basic telephone and fax machines are available for usage at the service counter.
Disabled passengers will find that Brindisi Airport has the facilities they need in order to have a comfortable departure flight. There are disabled toilet facilities, pavement ramps and wide airport spaces to facilitate movement within the building. Reserved parking spaces are available in the short-stay parking area nearby the terminal as well. Disabled passengers in need of extra assistance can contact their airline company and specify their requirements. Airport and airline staff will then assist you with the check-in and security procedures. Special arrangements should be made at least 48 hours before your departure flight from Brindisi Airport.
Another useful service at the airport is the sale of security plastic bags. These bags are important for passengers who will be taking liquids on board the aircraft in their hand luggage. According to the new rules and regulations, passengers may only carry limited quantities of liquids in hand luggage, unless the items were purchased in a shop located after the security check point, or if it relates to baby or dietary requirements. Various liquids must be contained in 100 ml bottles or containers, with a grand total of one liter. The liquid items must then be placed in one of the plastic bags sold at the airport, and handed separately to the security officer for inspection. However, there are no limitations for liquid items carried in hold luggage.
If you have not already seen the Santa Maria del Casale, and you have some time before your departure flight, this attraction is within a few minutes walk of the terminal building. The Church of Santa Maria del Casale is quite an impressive building, built in a barn-like shape. Inside it is rather remarkably decorated, and has some impressive frescoes. There are also some charming cloisters nearby the church.
Motorists will find plenty of parking at Brindisi Airport. There are three areas ñ one for short-stay parking, another which is under cover, and a third which is for long-stay parking. However, bus services are a popular way to reach the airport, as they travel from Brindisi city centre, as well as from the Lecce City Terminal. There is no train station at Brindisi Airport; therefore the bus services link the airport to the Brindisi Railway Station. Taxis are another way in which you can reach the airport in time for your departure flight.
Passengers needing more information about departure flights at Brindisi Airport can go the information point in the arrivals area, or the SEAP Ticket Office.