Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport

Rome—Ciampino International Airport "G. B. Pastine" (Italian: Aeroporto Internazionale di RomaCiampino "G. B. Pastine") (IATA: CIA, ICAO: LIRA), is the secondary international airport of Rome, the capital of Italy, after Rome-Fiumicino Airport "Leonardo da Vinci". It is a joint civilian, commercial and military airport situated 6.5 NM (12.0 km; 7.5 mi) south southeast[1] of central Rome, just outside the Greater Ring Road (Italian: Grande Raccordo Anulare or GRA) the circular motorway around the city.

Rome—Ciampino International Airport "G. B. Pastine"

Aeroporto Internazionale di RomaCiampino "G. B. Pastine"
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorAeroporti di Roma
ServesRome, Italy
LocationCiampino, (RM), Italy
Hub forRyanair
Elevation AMSL427 ft / 130 m
Coordinates41°47′58″N 012°35′50″E
Location of airport on map of Rome
Location of airport on map of Lazio
Location of Lazio region in Italy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 2,208 7,244 Bitumen
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 17–18 -0,8%
Aircraft movements52,649
Movements change 17–18 -2,9%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

The airport is an important hub for many low-cost carriers and general aviation traffic. It also hosts a military airport and the headquarters of the 31º Stormo and the 2nd Reparto Genio of the Italian Air Force.

The airport is named after Giovan Battista Pastine, an Italian airship pilot who served in World War I.


Ciampino Airport was opened in 1916[3] and is one of the oldest airports still in operation.

From here, on 10 April 1926, Umberto Nobile took off on the airship Norge, the first aircraft to reach the North Pole and the first to fly across the polar ice cap from Europe to America. In October 1930, the first helicopter prototype designed by Corradino D'Ascanio was tested at Ciampino Airport, reaching a record altitude of 18 m, 8m45s duration and 1,078 m distance flown.

During World War II, the airport was captured by Allied forces in June 1944, and afterward became a United States Army Air Forces military airfield. Although primarily used as a transport base by C-47 Skytrain aircraft of the 64th Troop Carrier Group, the Twelfth Air Force 86th Bombardment Group flew A-36 Apache combat aircraft from the airport during the immediate period after its capture from German forces.

When the combat units moved out, Air Transport Command used the airport as a major transshipment hub for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel for the remainder of the war.[4]

It was Rome's main airport until 1960, with traffic amounting to over 2 million passengers per year. After the opening of Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino handled almost exclusively charter and executive flights for more than three decades. However, the terminal facilities were extended at the beginning of 2007 to accommodate the growing number of low-cost carrier operations.


Passenger terminal

The airport features a single, one-storey passenger terminal building containing the departures and arrivals facilities. The departures area consists of a main hall with some stores and service facilities as well as 31 check-in counters and 16 departure gates using walk or bus boarding as there are no jet-bridges. The arrivals area has a separate entrance and features four baggage belts as well as some more service counters.[5]

Both arrivale and departure terminals are CLOSED from 00:00 AM until 4:00 AM and the passengers must leave the terminals .There is NO facilities out of terminals for passengers during these hours .

Other usage

The airport hosts a fleet of Bombardier 415 aerial firefighting aircraft.[6] It is also used by express logistics companies such as DHL, by official flights of the Italian Government and by planes of dignitaries visiting the Italian capital. There is also an additional smaller general aviation terminal, although private flights have now mainly been transferred to Rome Urbe Airport.

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Ciampino Airport:[7]

Ryanair Athens, Beauvais, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Cagliari, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Kraków, Lisbon, London–Stansted, Lourdes/Tarbes, Madrid, Manchester, Marrakesh, Marseille, Nuremberg (ends 28 March 2020),[8] Porto, Poznań, Prague, Rabat, Santander, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Valencia, Vilnius, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze, Wrocław, Yerevan (begins 14 January 2020)[9]
Seasonal: Aqaba, Billund, Corfu, Glasgow–Prestwick, Gothenburg, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos
Wizz Air Bucharest, Cluj–Napoca, Craiova, Iași, Katowice, Skopje, Suceava, Timișoara


After decades of stagnation in scheduled traffic, low-cost carriers have boosted Ciampino; it is now one of the busiest and fastest growing airports in Italy. Passenger traffic in 2007 was 5,402,000 (9.24% up from 2006; 2006 itself had seen an increase of 16.75% compared to 2005).[10] Traffic has grown so much that noise complaints are now forcing the Italian Ministry of Transport to look for a third airport for Rome, which could take over some part of the excess traffic of Ciampino. Passenger traffic in 2008 was 4,788,931 with a decrease of 11.31% compared to 2007 due to economic crisis and EasyJet gradually moving routes to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport. In 2014, passenger traffic amounted to 5,018,289, and in 2015 the airport handled 5,834,201 passengers.

Ground transportation


There are direct bus connections both to Roma Termini railway station and to close local stations (either to Anagnina, served by the metro or to Ciampino railway station, served by trains to Rome Termini station and other destinations, including Frosinone, Albano Laziale and Potenza). COTRAL/Schiaffini operates buses from outside the terminal building to both Anagnina metro station and Ciampino railway station every 15 minutes. Bus operators Terravision, Schiaffini and BusShuttle run a direct service to Roma Termini, travel time is about 40 minutes.

Since September 2017, the ATAC bus line 720 terminates at the arrival area of the airport; the connection allows reaching Laurentina subway station. Since March 2018, the connection with Anagnina subway station is guaranteed by ATAC bus line 520. These routes are included in the ticket price / Atac urban subscription, being the stop in the territory of Rome.

The Appian Way can be reached on foot in 10 minutes (750 m) from the terminal building. This ancient roman road is a popular walking route. 11 km north-west along this road one reaches the start of the road at the Porta San Sebastiano, 3 km south-east along this road one reaches the train station of Santa Maria delle Mole.

Accidents and incidents

  • Defects in the design of the de Havilland Comet jet airliner were discovered as the result of inflight breakups on two Comets that departed from Ciampino:
  • On 21 December 1959, Vickers Viscount I-LIZT of Alitalia crashed short of the runway on a training flight exercise in landing with two engines inoperative. Both people on board were killed.[11]
  • On 10 November 2008, Ryanair Flight 4102 from Hahn suffered damage during landing. The cause of the accident was stated to be birdstrikes affecting both engines. The port undercarriage of the Boeing 737-8AS collapsed.[12] The aircraft involved was Boeing 737-8AS EI-DYG, delivered new to Ryanair from Boeing. There were 6 crew and 166 passengers on board.[13] The airport was closed for over 24 hours as a result of the accident.[14] Two crew and eight passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries.[15] As well as damage to the engines and undercarriage, the rear fuselage was also damaged by contact with the runway.[16] The final report of the accident, investigated by ANSV (National Agency for the Safety of Flights) was released on 20 December 2018, more than 10 years after the accident.[17][18]


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  15. "Accident: Ryanair B738 at Rome on Nov 10th 2008, engine and landing gear trouble, temporarily departed runway". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
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  18. Official italian accident report issued by ANSV and its english translation. Aviation Accidents Database . Retrieved 9 January 2019.

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