The most striking feature of Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo Airport is the short distance to the city centre and to the port, just 6 km away. The synergy between the two facilities will be strengthened over the coming years as measures are put into place to develop the airport’s intermodal potential. The airport offers direct access to the motorway, whilst a new expressway between the airport, city centre and port was inaugurated in 2015. In addition, a study is underway, with the support of the Trans-European Transport Network, to build a direct airport passenger link to the nearby railway.
Cristoforo Colombo Airport can accommodate the most advanced aircraft on its 3,065-metre runway. It offers direct flights to major European destinations which, with the cruise terminal a mere 6 km away, is an important consideration for cruise operators. Baggage control and reclaim procedures have been upgraded to speed up operations and facilitate passengers’ movement between the airport and passenger port. A special dedicated area was built alongside the terminal at the beginning of 2014 to accommodate the flow of cruise passengers subsequent to the completion of security checks; whilst an extensive refurbishment of the three-storey terminal building began in 2015.
Other facilities include the ticket office, a VIP lounge, exclusive lounges for MSC and Costa Crociere cruise passengers, free WiFi, restaurant, 4 bars, a bank, shops, a Fly Safe Bag point, car rental and tourist information office. Coach parking and taxi ranks are located next to the terminal, whilst a 900-vehicle car park sits in front of the passenger terminal. In addition, the airport offers two on-terminal shuttle bus services, Volabus and i24, to Brignole and Piazza Principe mainline railway stations in the city centre and to Sestri-Airport Station.