Cagliari Airport is located on the Italian island of Sardinia, 7 km away from Cagliari. It is actually situated in the territory of Elmas, and therefore often referred to as Cagliari-Elmas Airport. Over three million passengers pass through the airport each year, and it is considered as the most important airport in Sardinia, and a major gateway to this spectacular region of Italy. Departing passengers will find a well-equipped and modern terminal building, with all the facilities that they require from an international airport.
Many airline companies operate to and from Cagliari Airport, and they offer a wide range of destinations. Ryanair is one of the airlines which hold the majority in terms of destinations, and their flights include Genoa, Bari, Brescia, Marseille, Madrid, Milan-Orio al Serio, Paris-Beauvais, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Trapani, Valencia and Venice-Treviso. EasyJet is another airline company that offers a variety of flights. Some of their destinations include Geneva, London-Stansted and Milan-Malpensa. Alitalia has flights to Rome-Fiumicino, Venice-Marco Polo and Milan-Linate, Luxair flies to Luxembourg, British Airways offers seasonal flights to London-Gatwick, and Air Berlin flies to Cologne/Bonn and Munich. Other airline companies at Cagliari Airport include Jetairfly, Meridiana Fly, Niki, Thomas Cook Airlines and Darwin Airlines.
Passengers departing from Cagliari are reminded to arrive early for their flight, leaving enough time to find a suitable parking space, check in hold baggage and pass through the security control checks before entering the secure boarding area. Check-in times vary for each different airline company, therefore it is best to confirm with your chosen company if you are unsure of their requirements. All passengers must have a valid form of identification when checking-in and boarding. It is also advised to personally pack your own bags, and never leave them unattended at the airport. Never look after anyone else’s baggage or objects at the airport either. If you see any unattended luggage items they should be reported immediately to security personnel.
Each airline company states their free baggage allowances on their airline tickets, and passengers should follow these guidelines to avoid charges for baggage over the limitation allowances. It is recommended to carry metal objects such as keys, mobile phones, coins, pens, watches etc. in hand luggage in order to facilitate the security control procedures. There are also new regulations regarding liquid substances carried on board the aircraft in hand luggage. Liquids are limited to a total capacity of one liter, and each type of liquid should be placed in its own container of not more than 100 ml. All liquids must then be placed in a re-sealable plastic, transparent bag, and shown to the security personnel. There are no limits for liquids carried in hold luggage, for liquids purchased from shops in the secure boarding area of the airport, or for dietary and medicinal substances which will be required during the flight. This may include liquids such as baby food.
No items considered to be potentially dangerous may be carried on board the aircraft, and these items include scissors, knives, blades, screwdrivers or anything else similar. Passengers are asked for their full cooperation during the security checks before boarding the aircraft, as these precautions are specifically put in place and practiced to ensure the safety of all.
Cagliari Airport has a single terminal building with three levels. The ground floor is dedicated to arrivals, while the first floor (second level) is for departures. These two floors handle both domestic and international flights. The top level of the terminal is mainly used for the airport company’s administration offices, but there is a restaurant here as well, and the airport’s Business Center. The Business Center offers a conference room which can seat up to 180 people, and smaller offices ideal for more private meetings. The food and beverage areas are accessible from the Business Center via a passageway. The common area of the airport features various useful passenger amenities, including a full-service bank (Bancomat), ATMs, a post office and a first aid station, as well as a chapel for religious customers. Shopping outlets and refreshment areas are located throughout the airport. In the Departures area, business passengers can make use of the two VIP lounges, which are equipped with a self-service bar, satellite television and internet connections.
The airport is accessible to disabled persons, or individuals with reduced mobility. There are dedicated free parking spaces available within easy reach of the terminal, pavement ramps for easy entry or exit of the terminal, elevators for traveling between the various levels, and disabled toilet facilities. Special assistance is offered from the lounge of ‘Sala Amica’, in the Departures area. Disabled passengers may request any special requirements from their airline before 48 hours of their departure flight, and staff members at Cagliari will then be ready and waiting for their arrival. Assistance will be offered through the processes of baggage check-in and the security control procedures, up until the time the passengers is safely on board the aircraft.
Passengers departing from Cagliari can use the ARST bus service to travel from the railway station, or a taxi, from any of the taxi ranks in the city. Passengers with their own vehicle will find that the airport is connected to its surrounding areas by the SS131 highway (Carlo Felice Highway) and the SS130.
Further information can be obtained from the airport’s website, at http://www.cagliariairport.it/en/.
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