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Brescia Airport is located approximately 20 km from the city of Brescia, in northern Italy’s Lombardy region. It is not a very large airport, only handling around 200,000 passengers per year, but it is modern and equipped with sufficient facilities. Brescia Airport is commonly referred to as Montichiari Airport, due to its location in Montichiari, or Gabriele d’Annunzio Airport, in honour of an Italian poet and nationalist who spent time in the area. The official airport code of Brescia Airport is VBS, and together with Verona Villafranca Airport, it serves as part of an import airport system in Italy. Departing passengers will find all that they need at Brescia Airport.
Only very few airline companies operate from Brescia Airport, with just a few scheduled flights per day. Ryanair, a well-known ‘low-cost giant’ is the main airline at the airport, serving destinations such as Cagliari and London-Stansted. Easyjet, another low-cost airline company, serves Belfast-International, and Air One offers flights to Alghero. Most flights offered at the airport are seasonal.
Brescia Airport consists of a single terminal building, four car-parking areas and one runway. Passengers arriving in their own vehicle will find around 600 parking spaces divided into the four areas, which are named as P1, P2, P3 and P4. P4, however, is only used for airport employees. All the car parking lots have the same rates, therefore simply park where its most convenient for you. Passengers can also arrive at the airport in time for their departure flight on the bus or in a taxi. Buses travel to the airport when flights are scheduled from Brescia Bus and Train Station, and from the Porta Nuova Bus and Train Station in Verona. The journey by bus is about 25 minutes from Brescia, and around an hour from Verona. The buses are modern and air-conditioned. Taxis are also available on call, or from the main bus and train stations in the cities, or from the busier tourist or public areas.
Verona is located approximately 60 km from Brescia Airport, while Mantova is about 46 km away. Other areas within easy driving distance of the airport include Bergamo – 50 km, Cremona – 56 km, Piacenza – 84 km, Parma – 115 km, Vicenza – 121 km, Padova – 152 km, Ferrara – 140 km and Rovigo 150 km. Both Trento and Modena are about 160 km from the airport, while Bolzano is a little further away at 212 km.
Passengers on departure flights may find queues at Brescia Airport for the check-in and security processes. This is mainly because the airport usually only operates one service desk/office at a time, since there are not that many flights from the airport. Simply ensure that you arrive with enough time to find parking, check in your hold baggage and pass security to the departure lounge. Make sure that your baggage is correctly and clearly labelled with your name, surname, address and telephone number. Your airline ticket will specify how much luggage you are allowed to carry with you. An excess baggage charge will be applicable if your baggage does exceed the free limit set by your airline company.
With regards to hand luggage, try to keep the items limited to only what you will need on the flight, and try to minimize the amount of metallic objects to facilitate the security checks. Your hand luggage will need to be screened before you board the aircraft. One item of cabin baggage may be transported, although the following includes some of the items which may also be brought on board: a coat or anorak, books or magazines, a camera, video camera or CD player, handbag, purse/wallet or laptop computer, a baby stroller and baby food, an umbrella or walking stick, crutches or other walking aids and any item purchased at the Duty Free shop at the airport.
New regulations surrounding the quantities of liquids carried in hand luggage are in effect at all Italian airports, and most airports around the world. Liquids brought from home should be placed in separate containers of not more than 100 ml each, and the total quantity of liquids in your hand luggage should be no more than 1 litre. The liquid items must also be placed in a clear and transparent plastic bag and presented to the security officer for inspection. This rule does not however affect the amount of baby food or dietary food you bring with you, provided that you can prove that they are necessary for the flight. Medicines also do not fall under this rule, but you should preferably bring a doctor’s prescription with you to prove that you will need it during the flight. You may be asked to taste these items. You may also purchase any quantity of liquids at airport shops located after the security checkpoint. The new liquid regulations do not apply to hold luggage.
Brescia’s single terminal has various facilities, including the D’Annunzio VIP Lounge, a bank and ATM, Lost and Found offices, and a few restaurants, bars and retail outlets. The shops mainly sell newspapers, books, magazines and souvenirs. There are facilities for disabled passengers as well, such as pavement ramps and adequate toilet facilities. Boarding assistance can also be provided. Telephones adapted for hearing impaired individuals are available, and a ‘tactile’ path is designed to assist visually impaired customers. Further assistance can be requested from your airline company at least 48 hours in advance of your departure flight.
Customers can make additional enquiries at the information desk of the terminal building at Brescia Airport.
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