Trapani Airport is an important gateway to the attractions of Sicily, a region in the country of Italy. The airport currently handles over a million passengers per year, many of which are tourists, and is the third busiest Sicilian airport. It serves the city of Trapani, as well as other areas in Western Sicily, and is otherwise known as the Trapani-Birgi Airport, due to it’s close location to the areas of Birgi. It can also be referred to as the Vicenzo Florio Airport, and has been allocated the airport code of TPS. The Trapani Airport arrival area is well equipped to welcome it’s passengers, and those arriving will find plenty of transport options from the terminal.
Trapani Airport is located approximately 15km, or 9.2 miles south of Trapani, capital city of the Province of Trapani, and about 16km north of Marsala. The airport is located alongside the Mediterranean coastline, and therefore there are no cities found to the west of the airport, only a few islands. To the east however, is the entire region of Sicily, with the main cities of Palermo (capital city), Messina, Catania, Syracuse, Modica, Caltanissetta and Agrigento. Important areas in the vicinity of the airport, in Western Sicily, include Erice, Valderice, San Vito Lo Capo, Castellammare del Golfo, Mazara del Vallo, Castelvetrano and Campobello di Mazara. These areas are all within a hundred kilometres of Trapani Airport.
The airport of Trapani is considered as a low-cost airport, and it’s arrival flights are mainly handled by the airline companies of Ryanair, Air One and Meridiana Fly. Ryanair flies to and from the majority of destinations, and has considerably increased passenger traffic at the airport since 2009, when the company decided upon Trapani Airport as it’s hub to Sicily. Flights operated by Ryanair arrive from destinations which include Bari, Bergamo, Cagliari, Brussels-Charleroi, Eindhoven, Gothenburg-City, Girona, Ibiza, the London-Luton Airport, Malta, Perugia, Pisa, Rome, Stockholm-Skavsta, Turin, Verona and Weeze, amongst a few others as well. To and from the island of Pantelleria, Meridiana Fly operates quite frequent flights, and Air One at Trapani Airport serves the destination of the Milan-Malpensa Airport. Airport traffic at Trapani has increased almost every year, especially in 2009 and 2010 with a giant leap from approximately 500,000 passengers in 2008 to over a milllion and over 1.6 million passengers in the following respective years. Traffic in future years is only expected to increase.
In 2009, the airport’s facilities were upgraded, expanded and renovated, and there is now an efficient arrival area on the ground floor of the single terminal building and a well organised departure area on the first floor. The expansion also included a new car park for the vehicles of the car hire companies available at the airport, and further car parking spaces for private vehicles. On the first floor, an 800 square metre area is allocated to retail stores, and food and beverage services. The ground floor is where passengers will enter the terminal after disembarking from their flight, and from where their baggage items will be collected. Further facilities include information desks in relation to airport services and tourism, and the Trapani Airport car rental companies, which include Avis, Hertz, National, Europcar, Alamo, Sixt, Auto Europa, Easycar and Maggiore.
Should the unfortunate incident occur that your baggage does not arrive at Trapani Airport, report the issue to Luggage Assistance at the Lost and Found office in the arrival hall immediately. Luggage which has been damaged should also be reported immediately, or at least within seven days of it’s arrival. The airline company concerned will make an assessment of the damages, and may offer compensation or help to repair the items in question. Nowadays, most airports have sophisticated equipment for the tracking of lost luggage items, and are able to quickly retrieve the passenger’s misplaced items. The bags are then either held at the airport for collection by the passenger, or are sent to the home address of the person concerned. Always ensure that you travel with bags that are clearly marked with your name, surname and address.
Passengers on Trapani Airport arrival flights who have parked their own vehicles in the airport car park can pay for their parking period at one of the automatic machines in the arrival area, or at the manned parking desk in the terminal. Once payment is made, the motorist has fifteen minutes to leave the airport grounds. Passengers can hire a car from the car rental companies of the airport. They have desks in the arrival area, and are open at times which are convenient for arriving passengers. They could also offer out-of-office hour collections and returns.
Passengers arriving at Trapani Airport will find plenty of attractions in the area, including the magnificent Basilica-Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata (Madonna di Trapani), the Fontana del Tritone, the Cathedral and the maze of streets which were once protected by high walls. There are also fine beaches in the area of Trapani, some interesting museums and many lovely places to visit on day-outings. Trapani Airport is the perfect arrival point for these attractions and many more.
Live Trapani Airport arrival schedules can be found online, or the airport can be contacted for further information. Their telephone number is +39 0 9238402.
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