Rome Ciampino Airport
The Rome Ciampino Airport is a joint commercial, civilian, and military airport near Rome, Italy. It is also called Giovan Battista Pastine Airport. It is located 12 kilometres southeast of Rome outside the Greater Ring Road that surrounds the city. Opened in 1916, it is one of the oldest airports that are still in operation. Until 1960, it was the main airport for Rome. After Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport was opened, Ciampino handled mostly executive flights and charters. Today, two low-cost carriers have made Ciampino one of the busiest airports in Italy.
Airport History & Growth
Because of the increase in traffic, the people in the locality are complaining about the noise levels. This is forcing the Italian Ministry of Transport to find a place for a third airport to serve the city of Rome and the surrounding areas. This would take some of the traffic away from Ciampino.
During World War II, Ciampino was captured from German forces by the Allied forces in 1944 and became a United States Army Air Force airfield. It was used for combat units for a while, and then Air Transport Command used it as a hub for shipping cargo and as a transit stop for aircraft and personnel for the duration of the war.
The airport now has two terminals each with an information desk. One terminal is for arrivals and departures for international and domestic flights. The other terminal is General Aviation for private planes and air taxi flights. The ATMs are in the departure lounge of this terminal. The General Aviation terminal has service and personalised assistance for VIP passengers for private planes and the aircraft of private companies.
The arrivals area and the General Aviation Terminal have Cash Points, and the Banca di Roma has an office in the airport. The Bureau de Change Currencies is in both the arrivals and departure areas and is open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. There are five top car rental companies in the arrivals hall. Outside arrivals, fixed-rate taxis are available for people going within the city limits of Rome.
The business facilities include a VIP hall and lounge with a snack bar. There are special boarding and disembarkation gates as well as special services for check-in. There is also a multi-purpose room for business meetings and conferencing. The airport also has state-of-the-art facilities for disabled passengers. Shopping and dining facilities are both before check-in and after check-in.
The airport offers 24 hour first aid and service for health emergencies for passengers, airport employees and attendants. It is located beyond the security check-in. There is also a pharmacy in the shopping area. There are no showers in the airport or luggage storage lockers.
There are three furnished areas for the care of young children. They have changing tables, beds, toys and lounges as well as qualified staff to help passengers. One is in the departures area before security check-in, one is in the departures area after check-in, and one is in the arrivals area.
The information desk at Arrivals is the place to go for lost and found items. For lost baggage, passengers go to Flightcare Italy, which is indicated on the monitor near the baggage claim carousel.
The airport offers wireless Internet access that people with a personal computer or handheld device can use while waiting for their flight. The operator, Boingo Hotspot, needs to be selected. An account can be bought online by anyone who doesn’t already have one and wishes to do so.
Parking at Rome Ciampino
There are three parking areas for uncovered parking opposite the terminal. If parking places are book online, there are promotional rates. There are three outdoor parking areas near the terminal where parking is free for the first 15 minutes. Access to the parking areas is from the main streets.