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Ciampino Airport

Rome Ciampino Airport
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Aeroporti di Roma SpA
Serves Rome
Location Ciampino
Elevation AMSL 427 ft / 130 m
Coordinates 41°47′58″N 012°35′50″E / 41.79944°N 12.59722°E / 41.79944; 12.59722 (Rome Ciampino Airport)Coordinates: 41°47′58″N 012°35′50″E / 41.79944°N 12.59722°E / 41.79944; 12.59722 (Rome Ciampino Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 2,208 7,244 Bitumen
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL

Rome Ciampino Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Roma-Ciampino or Giovan Battista Pastine Airport) (IATA: CIA, ICAO: LIRA) is a joint civilian, commercial and military airport near Rome in Italy. The airport is situated 6.5 NM (12.0 km; 7.5 mi) 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. Since the opening of Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino has been handling 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.

In November 2007, it was decided that Rome Viterbo Airport will become Rome's third commercial airport.

The terminals were extended at the beginning of 2007.


Location of Ciampino Airport. Rome is to the northwest.
Location of Ciampino Airport. Rome is to the northwest.

There is no rail transport at Ciampino Airport. There are direct bus connections both to Roma Termini railway station and to close local stations (either metro or regular train). From the local stations there are train services to Termini and other destinations.

  • COTRAL/Schiaffini operates buses from outside the terminal building to Anagnina metro station. A metro to Roma Termini takes about half an hour.
  • Regular buses go to the Ciampino local train station, from which a train can be taken to Roma Termini. Travel time is at least 15 minutes.
  • Bus operators Terravision ltd, Schiaffini and BusShuttle run a direct services to Roma Termini, travel time is about 40 minutes.
  • The fixed fare for a taxi ride to the city centre (inside the Aurelian Walls) is €30. This fixed fare is inclusive of up to four passengers AND luggage.
  • Car rental is available at the airport.

World War II

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.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 10 January 1954, BOAC Flight 781, a De Havilland Comet, crashed shortly after takeoff from Ciampino Airport, en route to London Heathrow Airport. There were no survivors.
  • On 8 April 1954, South African Airways Flight 201, another Comet, crashed not far from Ponza. Both crashes were attributed to manufacturing defects in the Comet.
  • 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.
  • 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. The aircraft involved was Boeing 737-8AS EI-DYG. There were 6 crew and 166 passengers on board. The airport was closed for over 24 hours as a result of the accident. Two crew and eight passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries. As well as damage to the engines and undercarriage, the rear fuselage was also damaged by contact with the runway.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
EasyJet Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, Geneva, Lyon, Madrid, Newcastle upon Tyne, Paris-Orly
Ryanair Alghero, Bari [begins 1 November], Billund, Barcelona, Bratislava, Brindisi, Brussels South-Charleroi, Cagliari, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Fez [begins 2 November], Girona, Glasgow-Prestwick, Gothenburg-City [begins 2 November], Hahn, Ibiza, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Krakow, Liverpool [seasonal], London-Gatwick [begins 1 November], London-Stansted, Madrid, Marrakech [begins 1 November], Marseille [begins 2 November], Milan-Orio al Serio, Oslo-Rygge [begins 2 November], Oslo-Torp, Paris-Beauvais, Rhodes [begins 1 December], Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Stockholm-Skavsta, Trapani, Valencia, Weeze, Wroclaw, Zaragoza
Wizz Air Bucharest-Băneasa, Katowice

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General Info
Country Italy
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 41.799361
41° 47' 57.70" N
Longitude 12.594936
012° 35' 41.77" E
Elevation 427 feet
130 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 001° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Alternate Name ROME CIAMPINO
Near City Rome
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

TWR 120.5
Opr 0700-2130Z++
Trml and SSR, Opr 0700-1900Z++
ATC Discretion
Opr 0700-1900Z++

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
15/33 7242 x 154 feet
2207 x 47 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME ROM ROMA 045X 110.8 At Field -
NDB CIA CIAMPINO - 412 4.2 NM 157.1

Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.

Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

JP-8, SemiKeroscene MIL Spec T-83133, without icing inhibitor

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
JASU U-1000
DC 600 1200 amp 28v

CAUTION Ocnl bird act. 82' AGL hgr lctd 25' before Rwy 15 thld and 1394' rgt RCL. Multi obst on/around arpt.
FUEL A1 (Eni S.p.A. avbl 0500-2200Z++ Mon-Fri, OT 2 hr PN before end of work day, $100 ea occurence, C+39 06 79340084) (NC 100LL avbl 0500-2230Z++, OT 3 hr PN C+06-79340297). J8 (Mil).
LGT PAPI Rwy 15 MEHT 65', Rwy 33 GS 3.5 MEHT 49'.
MISC Bldg immed adj (W) of mil VIP hot spot off-limits to aircrews. Flw-me svc avbl H24 by ITAF for all VIP acft auth to use NW mil prk area and for NATO mil acft.
NS ABTMT APU auth wi 60 min of ETD or 20 min of ATA.
RSTD PPR 24 hr PN prior arr, 31st Wing Base OPS, Fone C0039-06-4940923, 06-79702632, 06-79702378; fax C0039-06-79702210. PPR for Sat, Sun must be req on Fri til 1300Z++. PPR Nr must be rpt on FPL, item 18. Mil acft proh 2300-0500Z++ exc rescue flt, state flt, opr flt and acft certified according to ICAO Annex 16, Chapter 3 and 5. Derogation subj under specific apvl by Second Air Region. Ldg Rwy 33 dur SS-SR+30 is allowed only to lcl based acft and subj lcl arpt auth; PAPI mand durngt hr or vis less than 5 km. Copter tkof/ldg on rwy only. Pln rwy exit last twy unless chgd by ATC.

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