Turin Airport is the main international air gateway serving the Piedmont region of Italy, and is located approximately 16 km north of Turin’s city centre. There are a few names for this airport, including Aeroporto di Torino and Turin-Caselle, or Aeroporto di Torino-Caselle in Italian. It is also sometimes referred to as Sandro Pertini, in honor of a former Italian President by the name of Sandro Pertini. The official IATA code is TRN, and its ICAO code is listed as LIMF. Although not considered to be a massive destination, over three million passengers pass through each year, and the passenger numbers seem to be increasing with each passing year. Turin Airport is considered to be a very important transportation hub for northwest Italy.
The Piedmont area wherein Turin Airport lies is located in a highly strategic position between northern Europe and the Mediterranean basin, with Turin as its capital city. Turin offers something for everyone, as the mountains and popular skiing activities can easily be reached in less than two hours by car, while on the other side, the beautiful seaside resorts of Liguria can be enjoyed. Turin is one hour from the mountains and one hour from the sea! Nearby areas include Caselle Torinese, Colombretto, San Maurizo Canavese and Malanghero. The population of the area is in excess of four and a half million people. The Winter Olympic Games were held in Turin in 2006, and this profound event had quite an impact as well.
Aircraft activities of the area date back to 1909, when the first flight in Turin took place, but the actual airport was not established until the late 1930’s. During the World Wars the airport was mainly used for military purposes, until eventually it was transformed into a fully functional civil destination in 1953. It was around this time that the airport become known as Torino Caselle, since it was located nearby Caselle, a town in the Piedmont region of Italy. Passenger numbers steadily increased until well over a million, and almost two million passengers were using Turin Airport by 1994. It was recognized that improvements were needed in order to handle the growing passenger traffic, and therefore, a new terminal building was completed in 1995, able to handle over three million passengers per year.
Traffic continued to rise, with over two and half million passengers in the year 2000. In foresight of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, management of the airport felt it necessary for a complete renovation and upgrade of the terminal building. It was also extended to increase its capacity to five million passengers per year. The terminal now comfortably handles its passenger traffic, and offers first-rate facilities and security. Turin Airport was even acknowledged for the ACI Europe Best Airports Awards in 2007 and 2008 in the one to five million passenger category. This prestigious international award is awarded for the quality of service offered. The years of 2007 and 2010 received roughly the same amount of passengers (just over three and a half million), while the years in between saw a little less passengers, however, passenger traffic remained above the three million mark.
Various airline companies fly in and out of Turin and offer a wide range of international and domestic flight destinations. Since the airport is directly linked to the main European hubs, it is possible to fly to any worldwide destination. There are also many flights to other Italian and European cities. Alitalia is one of the main airline companies, with flights to Amsterdam, Bari, Lamezia-Terme, Palermo, Naples and Rome-Fiumicino, while Ryanair also offers a reasonable number of destinations such as Brindisi, Brussel-Charleroi, Girona, London-Stansted, Madrid and Trapani. British Airways offers flights to London-Gatwick, and Lufthansa flies to Frankfurt and Munich. Other airline companies include Air France, Meridiana Fly, Luxair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Blue Panorama. Many of the airline companies offer seasonal flights to this region in Italy, which is increasingly growing in popularity. In 2009, low-cost flight traffic increased by 50%, and between the year 2000 and 2010, Piedmont has welcomed over eleven million tourists.
In 2010, the busiest domestic routes served from Turin are Rome Fiumicino, Naples, Catania, Bari and Palermo, while Lamezia Terme, Trapani and Brindisi were not far behind. The most popular international destinations included London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt, Munich and Madrid, while others were also Brussels, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Tirana, in Albania.
Turin Airport consists of a single and very modern terminal building, which has all the facilities required by its passengers. The new terminal building is built on three levels, and covers an area of 57,000 square meters. Arrival flights are handled from the ground floor, while Departures is found on the first floor. The boarding area has an enormous glass window that offers lovely views of the aircraft activity. Within the terminal there is a VIP Lounge, business and conference facilities, banking and currency exchange options, first aid facilities, a lost property desk, a nursery and infant-changing room, and many other services. There is also an interesting range of shops, restaurants, bars and cafés at thie Turin location. The airport is managed by the SAGAT S.p.A. Company, and falls under the control of the ENAC, or the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, which is the company in control of all Italian Airports. Air traffic management falls under the Italian Air Navigation Authority, or the ENAV.
Arriving and departing passengers will thoroughly enjoy the modern and spacious terminal building and all its facilities. The airport is also fully equipped for the comfort of disabled passengers. Further information is available from the information desk in the main Arrivals atrium.
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