Naples Airport, in Italy, is located only 4 miles, or 7 km from the city center, within the Capodichino suburbs. It is therefore also named as Naples Capodichino. This airport is international, and serves five and a half million passengers per year. Important areas close by include Poggioreale, Casoria, Arzano and Miano, as well as Casalnuovo di Napoli. It is also commonly referred to, in Italian, as Aeroporto di Napoli, with its official name as Ugo Niutta. It has the official code of NAP.
In 2010, 5,584,114 million people passed through Naples Airport, and 18 different airline companies served 19 international destinations, 11 domestic destinations and 50 charter destinations. The majority of flights are to the main European centers, with only a few long-haul flights in operation. The airport is considered to be the main air entry point for the whole of Southern Italy. Similar to many other major airports in Italy, its passenger numbers have steadily increased over the years, although there was a slight decrease from 2007 to 2009, with an increase once again in 2010. Between the year 2000 and 2002 passenger numbers fluctuated between 4,000,000 and 4,140,000, and thereafter increased to just over five million in 2006. 700,000 more passengers came to here in 2007, ending the year with the recorded figure of 5,775,838. This airport is also important in terms of cargo flights, with 4,819 tons moved by the end of 2010.
Easyjet is one of the main low-cost airline companies that have operates here. They serve the destinations of Geneva, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Orly and Venice-Marco Polo. Alitalia is also quite popular with flights to Athens, Bologna, Genoa, Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino, Palermo, and Trieste. Aer Lingus offers seasonal flights to Dublin, while British Airways serves London-Gatwick. Thomson Airways has quite a few destinations such as Birmingham, Glasgow-International, Bristol, Manchester and Newcastle upon Tyne. Other airline companies in operation include Air France, Air One, Air Berlin, Lufthansa, Transvania, Iberia (operated by Air Nostrum) and Travel Service Airlines (operated by Smart Wings). In 2010, 63,564 aircraft movements (take-offs and landings) were recorded to have been made at Naples Airport.
The airport dates back to 1910 when the first flight exhibitions were held in Naples, and was an important airport during the First and Second World Wars. During this time it was deemed as a military airport, defending the area against German and Austro-Hungarian air attacks. The United Stated Army Air Force mainly used the location during the Second World War, while the Italian Campaign was underway. During 1944 it was used by various combat units from the Twelfth Air Force, and thereafter, once the combat units had moved away, it was used by the Air Transport Command for the movement of cargo and personnel, and the transition of aircrafts. After the World Wars, in 1950, the airport become commercialized, and fell under their current management from the year 1980, although back then they were referred to as the ‘Gestione Servizi Aeroporto Capodichino’. The GE.S.A.C. is currently in full management with a license valid until 2043. This company was also the first management company to be privatized in Italy. 1995 and 1998 were significant years in the airport’s history, as in 1995 the beginning of its twenty year development plan begun, and in 1998 a brand new shopping area was opened, called the ‘Galleria Napoli’. A new departure lounge was inaugurated by Prince Charles in 2002.
Today, Naples Airport is still used as a military air base for the Italian Air Force and US Navy. There is one main runway and one apron with 29 stands. There are two terminal buildings, with Terminal 1 operating the majority of the arrivals and departures, and Terminal 2 in control of mainly charter flights and package flights from tour operators. Terminal 2 is located a little further from the airfield, but still within easy walking distance of Terminal 1. Facilities include 52 check-in desks in Terminal 1 and 15 check-in desks in Terminal 2. There are also 15 gates and space for 1,650 parked vehicles.
Although a much smaller airport than Rome-Fiumicino, Naples still has all the amenities which passengers may require. Banking and post office services are available, as well as currency exchange services. Various cash machines are located throughout the terminals. Business passengers can make use of the Telelink Internet Center on the first floor, with services offered such as photocopying and scanning, telephone and fax facilities, internet, PC and offices and teleconferencing. Some meeting rooms are also available on request for more private business functions. Catering can be arranged for any meeting. Naples Airport offers a wide selection of restaurants, bars and cafes, and the Galleria Napoli for all your shopping requirements. In the arrivals area there is a Red Cross medical center with medical assistance available 24 hours a day.
Naples Capodichino, is fully equipped for the comfort of disabled and reduced mobility passengers, with lifts, ramps, wide pavements, disabled toilet facilities and reserved parking spaces. Various facilities are also available for visually and hearing impaired individuals. Further information can be obtained from the Naples Airport information desks, or from their official website, at http://www.aeroportodinapoli.it.
Please find below a selection of Airlines, Destination and approx flight times.