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Rome Ciampino Airport

Rome Ciampino Airport
Airport information
ICAOLIRA  Location of airport in Italy
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OperatorAeroporti di Roma SpA
Elevation130 m (427 ft)

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Rome Ciampino Airport ( or ) is a joint civilian, commercial and military airport near Rome in Italy. The airport is situated 6.5 NM south southeast of central Rome, just outside the Greater Ring Road (Italian: Grande Raccordo Anulare or GRA) the circular motorway around the city.

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

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). 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.

The terminals were extended at the beginning of 2007.

EasyJet is due to move all remaining routes from Ciampino Airport to Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport by the end of 2011 due to lack in demand and an existing large base at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport. This will make the low-cost carriers Ryanair and Wizz Air, the only carriers operating at Ciampino Airport.

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