Genoa Airport is situated nearby the Italian city of Genoa, and is built on an artificial peninsula. The airport is served by more than ten different airline companies, and these companies provide international and domestic flights to a wide variety of destinations. Genoa airport consists of a single, multi-level terminal building, which handles all departure flights from the first floor. Five million passengers pass through Genoa Airport each year.
Air France and Alitalia are noteworthy airlines operating to and from Genoa Airport, as well as Ryanair, which offers numerous flights to both Frankfurt and London. Other airline companies at the airport include Belle Air, Transvania, AirOne, AirVallee, Lufthansa, Interstate Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Air Alps. All airlines require their passengers to arrive at different lengths of time before departure, but these requirements are usually stated on the airline tickets. In general though, passengers should arrive at the airport one hour before departure for domestic flights, and three hours before departure for international flights. This allows enough time to check-in hold luggage, and pass through the security check points. After check-in procedures are completed, passengers are advised to go to the departure lounge at least 25 minutes before boarding time. Passengers driving to the airport should also allow sufficient time for traffic congestion and finding an adequate parking space at the airport.
Passengers must ensure that all their travel documents are in order before departing from Genoa Airport. Children younger than the age of ten should be registered on their parents’ passport documents, but at this time they do not need to have a photograph. Children older than ten, and younger than sixteen, should be registered on their parents’ passport documents, and this should also be accompanied with a photo. Collective passports can be arranged for a group of no less than five people, and not more than fifty people. This type of passport is valid for four months from its date of issue. One person within the group must however hold a valid passport. Your Airline Company or travel agency can offer advice on what types of documentation will be required for your journey.
Children under the age of two are not usually assigned their own seat on the aircraft, and travel on their parent’s lap. A baby will have a baggage allowance of up to five kilograms. If parents are traveling with two infants, they will be required to sit in different rows, and this is because each row on the airplane has only one extra oxygen mask. Parents of two infants may sit together if a full seat is purchased for one of the infants. Children between the ages of two and twelve will have their own seat, and the usual adult baggage allowance is applicable. Passengers should always notify their airline if they are traveling with a baby.
Passengers departing from Genoa Airport are allowed one item of hand luggage on board the aircraft. Although the size of this item varies from one airline to another, in general the sum of its dimensions should not be greater than 115 cm. The following items may be brought onboard in addition to the item of hand luggage: A bag or laptop computer, camera or video camera, overcoat, umbrella or stick, crutches or folding wheelchair, portable cot or food for babies, reading material and articles purchased from inside the airport. In Italy, a passenger usually has an allowance of two items of hold baggage. The dimensions of this item of baggage should not exceed 160 cm (height+length+width).
Genoa Airport welcomes disabled and reduced mobility passengers, and is equipped with disabled toilet facilities, internal and external lifts for moving between the terminal levels, and pavement ramps. There are also plenty of reserved parking spaces for disabled drivers. An elevator is used to assist wheelchair bound passengers onto the airplanes. Passengers in wheelchairs and wearers of pacemakers are able to pass through the security check points. Persons who require special assistance should notify their airline company of the type of help needed when they book their flight, and the airline company staff will inform the staff at Genoa Airport of your arrival time and specific requirements.
Excellent passenger facilities and amenities are offered at Genoa Airport. There is a full-service bank (Banca Carige) available, as well as ATMs and currency exchange services. There is also a post office, many interesting retail outlets, including duty-free stores, and high quality restaurants, bars and cafes. Business facilities are available from the Sala Genova VIP Lounge located on the first floor of the terminal, where newspapers and a self-service snack bar is available, as well as a telecheck-in service for passengers traveling with hand baggage only. A wider range of business services and conference rooms can be found at the Sheraton Hotel Genoa, which is located on the airport site.
The main ticket office at Genoa Airport is located in the middle of the departures hall, directly in front of the staircase leading to the self-service restaurant. Tickets for all the airlines at the airport can be purchased here, and they are open from 05:00 to 19:00, every day of the week. There is a second ticket office (Belle Air) just to the left of the self-service restaurant, which can sell you a ticket for same-day departures.
Passengers departing from Genoa Airport can make general enquiries at the information desks within the airport terminal building.
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