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- Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)Member ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3Dec 03, 2013
Most recent visit (Nov, 2013) has seen MUCH improvement in order, cleanliness, and user-friendliness. Arrival smooth, baggage took a bit of time but at least there is a sign at the carousel to let you know progress. Departure was more orderly and the signages were clear. I will not compare FCO to other airports but comparing itself from past, today's FCO has stepped up its game as one of the more important hubs of the world.
- Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Nov 11, 2013
Better than its competitor but still frustrating. Transport links decent but baggage handling is sketchy and not much to do. But the Italians are reasonable about baggae, ticketing, etc.!
- Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)Oct 20, 2013
The airport itself isn't unattractive or anything, but man is it disorganized. Nobody seemed to be able to direct us to the correct check in point, so we waited on wrong lines twice before finding the right spot. The flight was late and delayed everything. It was also a bit disconcerting that there were military personnel standing on the upper balcony, watching everyone, with guns at the ready.Recommended for
- Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)Member ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersJun 07, 2013
This a very busy, sometimes chaotic airport. Give yourself plenty of time to get here from Rome and to get to your gate. We found the fastest way is by taxi (expensive), although the direct train from Termini is an cheaper alternative.
- Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)May 22, 2013
lots of shuttle buses need to get from curb to Terminal 5 but once arrive Terminal 5 is quite lovely with lots of good shopping/food options. Great place to pick up good quality last minute souveniers. Definitely arrive 3 hours prior if returning to US.
- Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)Dec 22, 2012
This airport has always felt like a cave to me. It's dark, crowded and the ceilings feel like they're bearing in on you. I've never enjoyed my trips to the airport - it's always been stressful and Alitalia has never been a carrier I trusted to be efficient and professional.
- Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Nov 16, 2012
Like the rest of Rome, this airport was last updated in approximately 235 AD. With few services or shops, old and dirty floors, and a mildly shady vibe overall, it's best to have low expectations and get in and out quickly. It's outside of Rome along the ring road, so at least it's easy to reach. If you want a happier Italian airport experience, I'd suggest flying into Florence, Ancona, Pisa or Bologna instead.
- Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 2First to ReviewSep 24, 2012
Leonardo da Vinci airport, also commonly known as Fiumicino Airport, is Italy's largest airport with 37.7 million passengers served in 2011, located in Fiumicino, 18.9 nautical miles (35.0 km; 21.7 mi) west southwest of Rome's historic city centre.
The airport serves as a hub for Alitalia, Italy's flag carrier. Based on total passenger numbers it was the sixth busiest airport in Europe, and the world's 25th busiest airport in 2011.
Accidents and incidents
From the 1960s until the 1980s, the airport experienced significant aircraft hijackings as well as being the scene of two major terrorist attacks and the port of origin for an aircraft bombing in flight—some engendered by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
On 23 November 1964, TWA Flight 800 (1964) an engine caught fire on a Boeing 707 during take off. 50 out of the 73 passengers and crew on board were killed.
On 5 March 1967, Varig flight 837, a Douglas DC-8-33 registration PP-PEA flying from Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão via Monrovia, caught fire after a mistaken approach to Monrovia, missing the threshold of the runway by 6,023 ft. Of the 90 passengers and crew aboard, 51 died.
On 17 December 1973, Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) Flight 110 was attacked by Palestinian terrorists. 30 passengers were killed when phosphorus bombs were thrown aboard the aircraft as it was preparing for departure.
On 27 December 1985, during the Rome and Vienna airport attacks terrorists shot and killed 16 people and wounded 99 others at the airport.
On 2 April 1986, Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 840, which was travelling from Fiumicino to Ellinikon International Airport in Athens, Greece, was bombed, ejecting 4 people out of the plane to their deaths. The plane landed safely.
On 17 October 1988, Uganda Airlines Flight 775, en route from London Gatwick Airport to Rome then Entebbe International Airport, crashed short of the runway after two missed approaches. Twenty-six of 45 passenger aboard and all 7 crew members died.
Address:Via Dell' Aeroporto, Fiumicino, RM 00054, Italia
Total Reviews:15 Reviews