Bari International Airport is a medium sized airport which handles approximately two and a half million passengers each year. The airport consists of a single terminal building which is equipped to handle domestic and international departures and arrivals. The terminal building was recently completely upgraded in 2007, and now covers an area of over 30,000 square meters, and is well equipped with all the necessary amenities for departing and arriving passengers. Bari Airport also features a new multi-story car parking area for passengers who drive their own vehicles.
Bari Airport is situated on the Adriatic coast in the southern region of Puglia, and is approximately 8 km (5 miles) from the port city of Bari. The airport is situated in an area known as Palese, and this is the reason why the airport is often referred to as Bari Palese Airport. Departing passengers can reach Bari Airport by taxi, or by the Tempesta Bus Company, AMTAB Buses or Pugliairbuses.
Many different airline companies operate to and from Bari Airport, and departing passengers can choose between airlines such as British Airways, Meridiana, Alitalia, Air Malta, Ryanair, Lufthansa, Carpatair, Air One, Wizz Air and Germania.
Departing passengers should ensure that they arrive in good time for their flight. The general rule for arrival time is two hours before departure if you have baggage to check in, and one hour before departure if you are flying on a domestic flight and only have hand luggage. Your specific airline will be able to confirm the exact time that you should arrive at the airport. Make sure that you allow sufficient time to find adequate parking and get through the security controls.
The amount of checked baggage allowed on board usually varies between the different airlines, but in general, airlines allow two bags per passenger that meets their size and weight limitations. If you are over the required limit, you may have to pay extra. Hand luggage can also include things such as umbrellas, laptops or notebook computers, video cameras and other normal cameras, a jacket or overcoat, and if you have a baby, a stroller and baby food. Passengers should be aware of the new rules for carrying liquids on board airplanes. Any liquid carried onboard which was not purchased from shops in the airport boarding area must not exceed a total of 1 liter, and it must be placed in a separate plastic bag for inspection by the security officers. These rules do not apply to baby food necessary for the flight, or to liquids that are placed in checked luggage.
Traveling with small children can be quite daunting, but sometimes it is necessary. Infants who are not yet two years old must travel on their parent’s lap. They do not have their own seat, and therefore pay a reduced fare for their airline ticket. Parents are allowed to bring strollers onboard the aircraft. Children older than two years will have their own seat, and are entitled to the same baggage allowances as adults. Young children may travel alone, and they will be taken care of by the airline staff. Should this be required, the airline company must be informed in advance so that special procedures can be followed for the child traveling alone. The parent or guardian of the child must remain in the airport until the child has boarded the airplane. This procedure is followed for children between the ages of four and twelve, but it is possible for children even younger to travel alone. Children between the ages of four months and four years will have a dedicated stewardess who will attend to their needs. This service is at an extra charge.
Pets may also be transported on an airline. Smaller pets may be carried in a cage, not bigger than 47x25x32 cm, in the cabin area, while larger animals weighing more than 10kg will be transported in the hold, in special cages provided by the airline. As a general rule, all animals/pets must be vaccinated against major diseases. Each airline company’s rules may vary, therefore it is wise to discuss the transportation of your pet with your specific airline company. Your airline should always be notified in advance should you be traveling with an animal.
Bari Airport is equipped to handle the departure of disabled passengers, and has special parking facilities for those reduced mobility passengers who will be arriving by car. If you are a passenger with special needs, you must notify your airline of your requirements when you make your reservation, and the airline company will inform the airport staff of the assistance you require.
Further information is available at the Information Desk in the Departures Hall of Bari Airport.