Rome Fiumicino Airport is situated approximately 32 km (20 miles) to the southwest of central Rome, Italy. The official code is FCO, and it comprises of a few different terminal buildings, these being Terminal A, Terminal AA, Terminal B, Terminal C and the Satellite West Terminal. These terminals handle domestic, international and transatlantic flights. Ideally located just a short distance away from the heart of the city of Rome means you can leave your rented Rome apartments and reach the airport within half an hour of travel by car or taxi without worrying that you'll be late or miss your flights.
Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) intercontinental Airport and Ciampino (Giovan Battista Pastine) are collectively know as the Rome airport system. Their operation and development is under the sole responsibility of Aeroporti di Roma – ADR S.p.A. The shareholders of ADR can be divided into Germini S.p.A with 95.8%, Local Entities with 3%, and other smaller shareholders with 1.2% ADR holds shares in Lamentia Terme and the Genoa airport operating companies. Subsidiary companies are included in the ADR Group. Examples of these companies are ADR Tel, ADR Sviluppo, ADR Engineering and ADR Advertising. Fabarizio Palenzona is the ADR Chairman, with Maurizio Basile as the General Manager and Managing Director.
Rome Fiumicino is Italy’s largest airport, and the first to be of an international status within the country. It replaces the smaller airport of Ciampino, to be the larger and busier. Ciampino does remain in operation for domestic and charter flights. Fiumicino Airport is ranked as the 25th busiest in the world by passenger traffic. In 2008, 35,226,351 passengers passed through. The name ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ originates from the Italian polymath, Leonardo da Vinci. He was the first person to design a proto helicopter and a flying machine with wings.
The Rome airport has four runways in full operation. 16L/34R, 16R/34L, 16C34 C and 07/25. The 16C/34C and the 16L34R are fairly near to each other, and the 16C/34C is mainly used as a taxiway or backup runway. The 16L34R and the 16R/34L are at a further distance apart of 4,000 meters. Strong winds are the main cause for the use of 07/25. It is only used in a westward direction for take-offs.
The airport started with only two runways on January 15, 1961. Over the next couple of years, a third runway was built. This runway was the 16L/34R. The airline Alitalia also made it possible to add new building hangars and maintenance centres. Fiumicino Airport is the hub for Alitalia airlines.
Over the years, Fiumicino continued to expand and improve. During the 1990’s, the terminal buildings were upgraded. A domestic pier with 12 loading bridges and an international pier with 10 loading bridges were opened. In the year 2000, the domestic Terminal A was established. In 2004, a new cargo terminal, called Cargo City was built.
Since 2007, improvements have been made, that allowed for 30 take-offs or landings as opposed to its original 10, in thick fog. These improvements followed the implementation of the III B instrument landing system (ILS). By the year 2010, 16 additional loading bridges are scheduled to be built. This will enable Fiumicino to handle 55 million passengers per year.
Since 2008, ADR Assistance has joined the list of subsidiary companies of Aeroporti di Roma. This company aims to provide free ground assistance to mobility impaired passengers or physically disabled passengers at both Fiumicino and Ciampino Airport. Passengers can request special assistance over the internet before arriving please visit www.adrassistance.it for further information.
Visually impaired passengers are assisted by tactile pathways in the ‘Terrazzo Roma’ shopping areas of Terminals B and C. Tactile pathways are also present in the departure areas of all the terminals, starting from the Help Points, and on the pathway that leads to the airport’s railway station.
Transportation options available include trains, public buses, taxis, private shuttle buses and car rental services. The train services consist of the Leonardo Express and the FM1 Metropolitan Trains. Public buses are run by the ATAC Company of Rome. Taxis are readily available at the taxi rank outside of the airport, and private shuttle buses often offer a complimentary service to their hotels.
This Rome Airport has many shopping opportunities and wonderful restaurants for the passengers. Other amenities include all the banking facilities that is required, post offices, a First Aid Station and a Tourist Information Office.
Address of Rome Fiumicino Airport
Via dell’Aeroporto di Fiumicino 320
P.O. Box 68
Telephone: +39 (0)665 951
Fax: +39(0)665 955 707
You can see below a selection of nonstop flights covered from Fiumicino Airport with approximate times.