Forli Airport is located nearby the towns of Forli and Cesena in northern Italy, and is a small airport with passenger numbers recorded at around 350,000 per annum. The airport is named after a well known Italian aviator, Luigi Ridolfi, and has the official IATA code of FRL. In Italian, the airport is referred to as the ‘Aeroporto di Forli – ‘L. Ridolfi’. The Forli Airport arrival hall is well organised for it’s passengers, and flights arrive at the airport from a few destinations. There are currently two airline companies with flights to and from Forli Airport. Arriving passengers will also find a few options of ground transport available.
The town of Forli is a commune of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, and is the capital of the province of Forli-Cesena. It is also to the right-hand side of the Montone river and in the Po Valley area along the Via Emilia. Forli is known as the birthplace of Melozza da Forli, a famous painter, and the historian Flavio Biondo. Although only a small town without a vast number of attractions, it boasts a few interesting buildings in terms of architecture, medieval buildings such as the Roca di Ravaldino and a few parks which are enjoyed by locals and visitors. Forli also has a few museums, and some interesting religious buildings as well. Forli Airport is an excellent arrival point for travellers heading for the eastern coast of Italy, to cities such as Rimini, Riccione, Cattolica and Pesaro, and could be an ideal location from where to take day trips to larger cities such as Bologna and Ravenna.
Forli Airport lies next to the areas of Villa Selva, Carpena and Ronco, to the far north of Arrezo, to the north-west of Cesena, Rimini, Pesaro, Fano and Ancona, to the north-east of Florence and to the south-east of Faenza, Imola and Bologna. Lugo is another city to the north of Forli. The towns and cities mentioned are all within easy driving distance of Forli Airport, for example, Rimini is only 45km, Bologna is 70km, Ancona is 122km and Florence is 177km. Large cities a little further from Forli Airport are Pisa (365km), Rome (378km) and Milan (339km). Passengers on Forli Airport arrival flights often decide to rent a car from one of the Forli Airport car hire companies, in order to fully explore the area at their own convenience. The car hire companies of Sixt, Europcar, Avis, Easycar, Auto Europa, National, Alamo, Thrifty, Dollar and Maggiore are available in the arrivals hall of the airport building, and are open at times which are convenient for passengers on arrival flights.
The airport of Forli consists of a single passenger terminal that is used for all arrival and departure flights. It has a ground floor area of 5,880 square metres and an upper level of 430 square metres. The arrival hall is found on the ground floor, and here there are three baggage reclaim conveyor belts from where passengers will collect their belongings after they have disembarked from the aircraft. Since that Forli Airport is only a small establishment, there are no airbridges or shuttle bus services – passengers will simply walk the short distance to the terminal building. The facilities at the airport, besides car rental companies, include a few shops and restaurants, cash machines, internet access points and public telephones. The terminal is also accessible to passengers with reduced mobility, as there are suitable toilet facilities, elevators, pavement ramps and reserved car parking spaces. Ambulift equipment helps passengers to disembark from aircraft, and further assistance with arrival procedures such as customs and the collection of baggage can be arranged in advance of your arrival. At the entrance of the arrival area, special signs mark the point where passengers can wait for the arrival of care professionals or family.
The airline companies of Forli Airport include Wizz Air and Belle Air, and they offer flights between Forli Airport and Pristina, Tirana, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Katowice, Sofia, Timisoara and Warsaw. The famous airline company of Ryanair was once present at Forli Airport as well, but decided to move their operations to Bologna Airport. Wizz Air is, however, an important airline carrier at the airport, and have announced an increase in flight frequencies for the summer of 2012. This company carries around ten million passengers per annum, and their fleet consists of thirty-five Airbus A320 aircraft. They operate from fifteen bases in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Lithuania.
Passengers who have arrived at Forli Airport, but have had their luggage items misplaced or damaged, should go immediately for assistance at the lost and found desk. Passengers should not leave the airport before reporting the incident. Show personnel at the desk the luggage receipt tag on your ticket, so that procedures can be taken to recover the missing items. In the case of damages, the airline company may replace the items or provide compensation for their replacement. All airline companies have their own rules and regulations regarding missing or damaged luggage, but there are often efficient systems in place allowing the baggage to be found quite easily.
Passengers who have arrived at Forli Airport can take a bus or taxi from outside the arrival area, for onward travel to their next destination, hotel or residence. Buses travel quite frequently to the Forli Train Station, for connections to the railway network of the country, as there is no train station on the airport grounds. Minibuses are also available by reservation to Cervia and Cesenatico, and in the summer, there may be buses to other popular areas. Buses to Bologna are also a possibility. A taxi to the train station will cost just eleven Euro. Taxis can take passengers to any other location as well.
Passengers can find out more information regarding airport services at the general information desk, and details regarding tourism at the tourist information counters. The airport can be contacted at +39 0543 474990, and live Forli Airport arrivals can be viewed online.
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