Genoa Airport is situated on an artificial peninsula (reclaimed marine land) to the west of Genoa, Italy. The airport is only approximately 6 km (4 miles) from Genoa, and is an important gateway to Italy’s north-western Liguria region. The areas of Arenzano, Pegli, Rapallo, Savona, Varazze and Voltri are nearby.
The official codes allocated are GOA, which is the IATA code, and LIMJ, which is its ICAO code. The airport’s latitudinal position can be noted as 44° 24’ 48” N, and the longitudinal position as 08° 50’ 15” E. The address is Sestri Ponente, I-16154 Genoa, Italy, and the telephone number with which to contact is +39 (0)10 601 5328.
Genoa Airport is named after a very famous historical resident, Christopher Columbus, who was born in Genoa during the year 1451. Considerable amounts of money and time was spent to create the area on which the airport now resides, which is approximately 130 acres/50 hectares. There is one runway, which is capable of handling large aircraft carrying full loads, for take offs and landings. It is a long runway measuring 2,900 meters, or 9,515 feet.
This airport in Italy is managed by the Aeroporto di Genova S.p.a, incorporated in July 1985. Shareholders include the Genoa Port Authority, with 60%, the Chamber of Commerce, with 25% and the Aeroporti di Roma, with 15%. Currently the General Manager is Dr. Paolo Sirigu. Genoa Airport plays an important role in the local economy, as it serves the Port of Genoa, successful research institutes and important manufacturing companies, famous tourist resorts, as well as conference and trade fair facilities. Although the terminal has recently been upgraded, it has an infrastructure development plan which will only be completed in 2015. The improvements will be completed in various stages of development. By 2015 the airport will have a layout as follows: East Area – cargo terminal, support offices, maintenance hangars and fuelling areas; Central Area – Passenger terminal, company offices, airlines, Government Authorities and car parks; West Area – ENAV technical facilities, operating area and multi-purpose hangars for general aviation; North Area – carrier operations base and Government Authority buildings.
There is one single terminal building consisting of four floors. This terminal building currently handles approximately five million passengers per year for international and domestic flights. The ground floor of the terminal is dedicated to arrivals and baggage reclaim areas, and the first floor is for departures. Various passenger facilities are available on the second floor, while the upper floor of the terminal is reserved for administration purposes. Facilities include a full service bank, ATMs and currency exchange services, quality shops including Giglio Bagnara, the Genova Shop and duty-free outlets, and bars and restaurants which include a self-service restaurant which specializes in Italian cuisine.
On the first floor of the Departures area, business passengers can find the executive Sala Genova Lounge. The lounge provides basic business facilities, a self-service snack bar and Italian and foreign language newspapers. There is also a telecheck-in service for passengers who are only traveling with hand baggage. The Genova Airport Lounge is reserved for individuals who are the holders of the following cards: Alitalia - carta Freccia Alata; Air France – Frequence Plus Rouge Card or Club 2000 card; Air One – Welcome card, Lufthansa Silver card or Full Fare ticket; British Airways – Gold and silver Card, Emerald, and Business Class passengers; Lufthansa – Hon and Senator card, and /or Business Class passengers, Sala Genova Card, Air Saving Card or the Priority Pass, which is a card which provides access to more than 600 VIP lounges throughout the world, regardless of which airline you travel with or in which class you travel. Additional business facilities and meeting rooms can be found at the on-site Sheraton Hotel Genoa, where there is a conference hall which can accommodate up to 1000 people.
There are well over ten different airline companies which operate. Ryanair in particular offers many flights to various regions such as Frankfurt and London. Air Italy has regular flights to Palermo, while Air One serves Catania and Naples. Destinations of Alitalia and Blu-express include Rome Fiumicino, and Air France serves Paris-Charles De Gaulle. Lufthansa (operated by Air Dolomiti) offers flights to Munich, and Iberia Airlines offer flights to Madrid.
Further information about Genoa Airport arrivals and its services can be obtained from the various information desks within the terminal building. Tourist information is provided at the Reception area, which is open from Monday to Sunday, between the hours of 09:00 and 13:00, and again between 13:30 and 17:30.
Please find below a selection of Airlines, Destination and approx flight times.