Alghero Airport has the official airport code of AHO, and is also commonly referred to as Alghero-Fertilia Airport, or Alghero Riviera del Corallo Airport, due to is location in and nearby these areas. Fertilia is about five kilometers from the airport, and the town of Alghero is the tourist capital of Coral Riviera, approximately 12 kilometers from the airport. This is one of the main airports on Italy’s island of Sardinia. The other two airports of importance are Cagliari Airport and Olbia Airport. The destination serves the north western region of Sardinia, while the other two airports are popular for reaching different areas of the island. Passengers departing from Alghero will find all the facilities they require within the terminal building, and a number of airline companies from which to choose.
A variety of airline companies offer their services at the airport, serving local and international destinations. Ryanair is one of the more important airline companies, with the majority of destinations. London-Stansted is a popular long-haul flight from Ryanair, which takes around two and a half hours, while some of their closer destinations include Ancona, Brescia, Milan-Orio al Serio, Parma, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Venice-Treviso and Verona. A number of flights are also available to Spain, to airports in Madrid and Girona, and to Gothenburg City, Hahn, Stockholm-Skaysta, Dublin and Eindhoven. Ryanair is well known as a large low-cost airline company.
Alitalia is the second most prominent airline company in Alghero, with flights to the destinations of Bologna, Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino an Turin. They also offer seasonal flights to Barcelona, Brussels and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Other popular airline companies include Meridiana Fly, Thomson Airways, Air One, Bmibaby and Jettime. Some of these airline companies only operate during the high season.
Alghero is an international airport serving just over one and a half million passengers per year, and consists of one runway and a single terminal building. The runway was extended quite some time back to allow for larger aircraft movements, and the terminal building was also more recently renovated and extended. It is now a very modern and welcoming building, with a capacity to handle two million passengers per year. There are seventeen check-in desks at the airport, seven gates and two baggage reclaim carousels. The air terminal is also very easy for passengers to navigate, as it is simply departures on one end and arrivals on the other. Each section and facility is clearly marked, and there are no separate locations for international and domestic flights.
Motorists arriving at Alghero Airport can park their vehicle in the available parking area. There is just one area used for short-term and long-term parking, and passengers may also be quickly dropped off at the curbside of the terminal. All departing passengers should arrive in good time for their flight. It is usually required to check-in about two hours before an international departure flight, and about an hour before a domestic flight. Your airline ticket will have more specific details regarding your airline company’s requirements. When checking-in, passengers should have a valid identity document, and if traveling internationally, the document must be valid to leave the country. A drivers license may not be used as a document for identification.
Children under the age of two will not be allocated their own seat on the airplane, unless this is specifically requested and paid for by the guardian. Usually, such a small child is simply held on a parent’s lap. Small children therefore have a ticket with a discounted rate, and have a special baggage exemption to transport all of their belongings. Children between the ages of two and twelve also receive a reduced ticket price, have the same baggage allowance as adults, and are entitled to their own seat. All baggage items should be clearly labeled with your name, surname and address, and should not exceed the baggage restrictions set by your airline company. If your luggage is more, or is heavier than the allocated allowance, an excess baggage fee will be charged. Baggage allowances vary according to in which class you have made your booking. Customers can make use of the baggage protective services located in the arrivals area, by the name of SIBA.
Airport of Alghero has a reasonable variety of facilities within its terminal building. There are a few nice shops for gifts, souvenirs, clothing, perfume, gadgets etc, and a number of restaurants, cafés and bars offering Sardinian cuisine. Other facilities include a full service bank, currency exchange services, cash machines, a pharmacy, pay phones and a left luggage facility. The terminal building is also fully accessible by disabled passengers, with lifts, ramps and appropriate toilet facilities.
Passengers departing from Alghero can reach the terminal building through a variety of transport options. Taxis are frequently used from all destinations for a more private and quicker journey, while bus and coach services are available from every major Sardinian city, as well as from the town of Alghero itself. The main local bus service is operated by the ARST Bus Company. There is no train station at the airport, however, buses connect the airport with the train station in Alghero.
Passengers departing from Alghero have every reason to enjoy a smooth and uneventful departure flight. Further enquiries can be made at the information desks within the arrival area of the airport.
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