Italy — Airports
Milan Malpensa Airport
Milan’s Malpensa Airport is the gateway to the northern region of Italy and the largest airport in the region. With a passenger throughput of 19 million a year, it’s a hub for many international flights. The facility has two terminals, with Terminal 1 divided into three sections. 1A handles inter-Schengen and domestic flights, while 1B hosts all international and non-Schengen flights. 1C is currently under construction. Terminal 2 handles budget easyJet flights.
A plethora of international flagship carriers serves Milan Malpensa, offering routes to major cities worldwide including New York and Atlanta (seasonally). British Airways flies to London Heathrow, with easyJet offering flights to London Gatwick and London Luton, as well as Edinburgh, and Flybe serving Birmingham and Manchester. Domestic destinations include Rome, Salerno, Naples, and Palermo.
Passenger services at Italy’s airport include banks, ATMs and currency exchange desks, assistance for the disabled and families with small children, WiFi internet, business, VIP and airline lounges, conference rooms, travel agencies, pharmacies and a plethora of restaurants, cafes and bars. Landside retail stores and an airside shopping mall offer dozens of fashion, jewelry, gifts and cosmetic stores.
Car parking and car rental are available, and the Sheraton Hotel is located on the complex. Onward transportation is by express train, bus, taxi or limo rental.
Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport
Italy’s largest airport serves 38 million passengers a year, and is the hub for national carrier Alitalia. Of its three terminals, all international non-Schengen flights arrive at Terminal 3 or 5, quite a distant from the main block, which is used for all Israeli and US based carriers. International flights run to world-wide destinations and domestic routes cover all of Italy’s main towns and tourist destinations.
US Airways, United, American Airlines and Delta fly to New York and several other US cities including Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, with British Airways and Alitalia handle London. easyJet connects to London Gatwick and Bristol, as well as Venice and Palermo. Domestic flights include Turin, Catania in Sicily, Genoa, Naples, and Bari.
Passenger services include banks, currency exchanges, ATMs, a first aid station, pharmacies, a nursery and family facilities, assistance for passengers with reduced mobility, a business center, VIP lounges and WiFi internet. This being Italy, there’s a wide choice of wine and coffee bars, snacks, restaurants, pizzerias, fast food joints and street food stalls. Both landside and airside, travelers will find stores offering Italian fashion, jewelry, accessories, food, and gifts, as well as duty-free stores. Transportation from the airport is by train, bus, taxi or limo.