Turin is an important international gateway to the north-western region of Italy, and is located only 16 km from the city centre of Turin. Turin is the capital city of Italy’s Piedmont area, which has become an increasingly popular destination for tourism over the recent years. Around three and a half million people pass through the airport each year, and many of these passengers are coming to visit the holiday resorts of the nearby mountains for skiing and hiking activities, or the seaside resorts of the Liguria region. Tourists also enjoy visiting Turin, as it is a city filled with wonderful buildings, monuments, landmarks and religious buildings, as well as numerous interesting museums. Turin Airport is a modern establishment equipped with all the necessary facilities required by its arriving passengers.
Several airline companies provide flights to Turin from many local and international destinations. There are many domestic flights from other Italian airports, such as Catania, Bari, Brindisi, Palermo, Naples, Rome Fiumicino and Lamezia Terme, while international flights from London Stansted, London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham are very popular, as well as flights from airports in Spain, including Barcelona and Madrid. Popular airline companies in operation at the airport include Alitalia, Air France, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Air Italy, Meridiana Fly and Wind Jet.
Passengers arriving at Turin will find one large terminal building with a variety of facilities. The terminal has three levels, with all departures handled from the first floor, and arrivals on the ground floor. The terminal building was recently renovated and extended before the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, and is now capable of handling five million passengers per year. Airport facilities include a business and conference centre, various cash machines and a full service bank, currency exchange facilities and a first-aid office. There is a lost property office and facilities for parents with little ones, such as a baby changing room and nursery. Passengers who have a little time to spare can browse the various shopping outlets, which include the Beachwear, Di Dodo Jewellery, the Media Store and Robe Di Kappa, or RDK. Many bars, restaurants and cafés serve full meals or lighter snacks and drinks.
The airport welcomes the arrival of disabled passengers, or passengers with reduced mobility problems. All levels of the airport are accessible by elevator, and toilet facilities suitable for wheelchair users are provided. The terminal building in general features wide spaces for the ease of passenger mobility. Once ready to leave the airport, disabled passengers also have the option of using a special transport service arranged by various companies and authorities of Turin. Their vehicles can transport three passengers who make use of wheelchairs, or up to four passengers with reduced mobility but able to walk. A specially trained volunteer travels in the vehicle to help assist passengers with entering and exiting the vehicle. This transport service is available to all municipal areas within the city limits of Turin. Other areas will be available soon.
Passengers with disability challenges may request additional assistance at Turin Airport from their airline company, at least 48 hours in advance of their departure flight. A qualified staff member will then be ready and waiting for your arrival at the airport, and will offer assistance with customs and baggage reclaim procedures.
A variety of transportation options are available from the airport. Passengers can continue their journey by train, as there is a train station a few meters from the terminal. Trains from the airport station depart every ten minutes, and head for the GTT Dora Railway Station in Turin. Buses also offer frequent services from the airport, and travel to the centre of Turin, the Porta Nuova and Susa Railway Stations, Aosta and various other areas. Charter bus services are available over the weekend for transport to the resorts nearby the Olympic Mountains. There is a taxi rank outside the arrival area, and many car hire companies offer very competitive rental rates and quality vehicles. Passengers can also hire a car with a driver, which is a service offered by the CTA, or Consorzio Torinese Autoservizi (Airport Taxi Company).
Turin has many quality hotels and other types of accommodation facilities. There are also a few hotels nearby the airport, which include the Quality Hotel Atlantic, situated 8 km from the airport, and the Pacific Hotel Airport, which is about 13 km from the airport. Many of the hotels in Turin are located nearby the Porta Nuova train station, and this is a good area from where to start your sightseeing journey of the city. More up-market establishments are found around the Piazza Carlo Felice. Tourists are advised to book their accommodation as early as possible, especially during the busy ski season, or when there is a major trade fair scheduled. Hotels also often raise their prices around these times.
More details of the tourist attractions in Turin can be obtained from the main tourist information centre at Piazza Solferino, or from tourism desk. There are also other information points within the terminal of the airport for all additional enquiries relating to the airport’s services.
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