Pisa Airport is served by many international and domestic flights, and as many as twenty different airline companies. The airport is situated very nearby Pisa, only 2 km (1 mile) away from the city center, and in the district of San Giusto. Together with Florence Airport, it is one of the two important airports in Italy’s Tuscany region. The airport is also commonly referred to as Pisa-San Giusto, due to its location, or Galileo Galilei Airport, after a famous Italian philosopher and physicist. The airport has all the facilities required by arriving and departing passengers.
From Pisa, passengers can fly to all the main destinations in Italy, as well as many international destinations. Ryanair holds the majority of destinations, with flights to Bari, Cagliari, Valencia, Palermo, Paris-Beauvais, Lamezia Terme, Trapani, Brindisi, Edinburgh, Glasgow-Prestwick, Malta, London-Stansted, Hahn, Dublin and Madrid, just to name a few. A couple of destinations are also offered by Jet2.com, including Belfast-International, Edinburgh, Manchester and Newcastle. Other airline companies operating from Pisa include Air Berlin with seasonal flights to Cologne/Bonn, British Airways with flights to London-Gatwick and London-Heathrow, Transvania.com with flights to Amsterdam, Vueling Airlines flies to Barcelona, and Norwegian Air Shuttle offers flights to Copenhagen and Oslo-Gardermoen.
The airport consists of one large terminal building, which is easily accessible from all the car parks. Only one of the car parks are slightly further away, and require a shuttle bus for transport. There are short-term parking facilities and areas ideal for longer-term parking periods. The passenger terminal at Pisa Airport is open daily, from 04:00 to the last arrival or departure flight. The terminal offers many shopping and dining opportunities. Most of the shops can be found on the ground floor of the airport, and have a large range of items for sale, including everything from clothing and accessories to souvenirs, toys, tobacco and newspapers. There is also a duty-free shop once you pass through the security controls. Three restaurants are available at the airport. One is a Steak House and one is a self-service outlet. There are also various other pizzerias and cafes which offer lighter refreshments such as coffees and snacks. The Red Baron is one of the five bars located in the terminal.
Full banking services are offered by a branch of the Cassa di Risparmio di Pisa, located on the first floor of the terminal, and currency exchange services are available, as well as various ATMs throughout the airport for more casual banking transactions. Other facilities include a baby room, chemist, post office, beauty center and hairdresser and chapel, where there is a priest available every Friday from 16:00 and 17:30. A mass is celebrated at 17:00. Passengers at Pisa Airport will also find internet connections available at Devitalia’s Internet Point on the first floor of the terminal. Various other WiFi connections are available throughout the airport as well. Passengers can even get their cars washed while waiting for their departure flight from the auto wash facility ‘Quick No Problem’, open every day except on Wednesdays, from 08:00 to 18:00.
Ticket Offices at the airport can be found in front of the check-in counters, in the departures hall, and they are open every day from 05:00 to 20:00. At the Ticket Office, passengers can make bookings, buy prepaid tickets, change ticket dates and have their tickets reissued. The Ryanair Ticket Office is right next to the main airline Ticket Office, and this carrier offers flights to the main European destinations at the lowest fares available.
Business class passengers or holders of the Galilei Gold Card can use the services of the VIP Lounge on the first floor. Passengers may also just purchase a ticket to the lounge from the Airport Ticket Office. Services at the lounge include timely information regarding your flight, a relaxing atmosphere, refreshments, TV, internet connections and newspapers. The VIP Lounge is open from 06:00 to 22:00. The Galilei Gold Card offers many benefits to companies who make frequent use of the airport’s facilities, such as free admission to the multilevel car park and a 25% reduction for the rates of the Business Center. Business meetings can also be arranged at the airport’s Business Center. The larger of the rooms can seat up to fifty people, while there are also two smaller rooms seating ten and eight people. Equipment available in the large room include a screen, overhead projector, slide projector and microphone.
The airport is well equipped to handle disabled passengers, or passengers with reduced mobility. There are reserved parking spaces which can be used free of charge located as nearby to the terminal as possible, and they are also nearby ‘Call Points’, from where passengers may call for assistance. Handrails and elevators help with access to the first floor of the terminal, and pavement ramps provide easy access to the entry and exit points of the terminal building. Disabled toilet facilities are available, and passengers can request the use of a wheelchair to facilitate transfer within the terminal. Security controls can accommodate passengers in wheelchairs and passengers with pacemakers. For additional assistance at Pisa Airport, passengers should inform their airline company of their requirements when booking their ticket, or at least 48 hours prior to their departure. The airline company will then ensure that trained personnel are ready to assist you when you arrive at the airport. Assistance will be offered through the processes of baggage check-in, security control, and up until the time you are safely on board the aircraft.
Arriving at the airport is fairly easy. The airport is connected to the major highways in Tuscany, and there are also various transport options available. Passengers can arrive by train, or by bus, from Pisa Central Station, Sienna, Livorno, Florence, Pietrasanta or Lucca. Taxis can be found at the Pisa Central Railway Station, at any major public area in the city, or can be called.
With all these superb facilities and more, passengers are ensured of a peaceful departure flight from Pisa. Further details can be obtained from the Information Desk in the Arrivals area of the terminal.