Passengers arriving at Catania Airport will find a modern and well-equipped single terminal building. It is a double storey construction that handles all departures from the first floor and all arrivals on the ground floor. The airport is only a few miles from the city of Catania, which boasts year-round warm weather. The winters are mild and the summers are hot, with temperatures often climbing as high as 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). Catania enjoys a Mediterranean climate which is typical of Sicily. Winter months receive more rain than the summer months, but the showers abate as quickly as they arrive.
Catania Airport’s new terminal building was completed in 2007, and now boasts a retail area of 1400 square meters. Improvements to the dining and beverage area have also been made, therefore passengers can enjoy the airport to its fullest. The new terminal is now extremely modern and attractive, as well as easy to navigate and functional. The airport offers full banking facilities, a post office and business services in the Alitalia Bellini VIP Lounge. Mothers will appreciate the fully equipped and easily accessible baby changing tables in the Ladies’ toilets of the Arrivals area.
Assistance is available 24 hours a day for disabled passengers. Arrangements must be made in advance with your airline company should special requirements be needed, and the airline will in turn inform SAC at Catania Airport of your arrival and requirements. Qualified SAC staff will meet you on your arrival, and offer assistance with passport control procedures and collection of baggage. The staff member will support a reduced mobility passenger until they leave the airport. A shuttle will also be available for transport to the disabled passenger’s vehicle, should he or she have a car parked at the airport. Various codes are used for passengers who need special assistance according to the IATA. WCHR would indicate that the passenger cannot walk long distances, WCHS indicates that the person has difficulty in walking and cannot walk up or down stairs, and WCHC indicates that the passengers cannot walk or stand. MEDA indicates a passenger who requires medical care, and MAAS is the symbol for all those who have requested any different kind of special assistance.
Catania does not have any hotels located on the airport property, but there are plenty of good choices within walking distance of the main attractions in Catania. Situated only four miles from the airport is the Excelsior Grand Hotel and the UNA Hotel Palace. Even closer to the airport is the Hotel Gelso Bianco and the Parco Degli Aragonesi. If you would like to be near to the Catania Railway station, a popular choice is the Holland International Hotel. Quite often hotels offer complementary transport to and from the airport. These services may need to be booked together with your accommodation.
Otherwise, Catania Airport offers various other transportation options. The AMT ‘Alitalia’ bus travels to Catania Railway Station. Buses leave every 20 minutes from the airport. A variety of other bus companies offer transport to other nearby towns and cities. Bus tickets can be purchased from the Exchange Office/Bus Ticket Office in the Arrival Terminal. For a few extra Euros, passengers could take one of the many taxis waiting outside the Arrivals area.
The arrivals hall also has a Tourist Information Office, which is open from 08:00 to 22:00. Staff at this desk will be able to assist with questions about the surrounding area, as well as transport options within Catania or Sicily in general. Other enquiries can be made as well at the central information desk of the airport.
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