Your guide to: Rome Ciampino International Airport

Rome Ciampino - G.B Pastine International Airport

General Information

Rome Ciampino, or Rome Ciampino/ G.B Pastine is a Civilian/Military Airport located around 12km southeast of central Rome, and acts as the second airport of the city (the first one being Rome Fiumicino, which handle 75% of the city’s air traffic).

The airport was named Giovan-Battista Pastine, who was a famous airship pilot who served in WW1.

Up untl 1960, Ciampino used to be Rome’s primary airport, until Fiumicino was opened and the airport was used primarily for cargo, executive flights and charter flights, until 2007, when a new passenger terminal was built.

Low cost airlines like Ryanair and Wizz Air (coincidentally the only two airlines which operate out of Ciampino) account for most of the traffic out of the airport, followed by a large presence of Business Jet traffic, a small cargo presence and the operating base of the Italian Air force VIP transport and Fire Service Areal Firefighting.

Terminals and Gates

Military Apron

Summary

The Military Apron consists of 12 stands. These are reserved for the 31st Airwing of the Italian Airforce, which is in charge, amongs other tasks, for the transport of Military officials and State figures (the President, Prime Minister, High ranking Ministers, even the Major of Rome!).

The main aircraft that are parked here are the 3 Falcon 900EX’s, the 2 A319CJ and 2 Falcon 50’s and occasionally a C130 transport or C27J Spartan. There was talk of parking the A340-500 (registered I-TALY) here, but the plan was scrapped, due to runway and noise restrictions at the airport.

These stands are also used for when Foreign dignitaries come to visit the italian capital, since landing at the nearby Fiumicino airport would be a logistical nightmare

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                       **Remote Stands**
Summary

The 5 remote stands, east of the Runway 15 threshold are reserved for the Fire Brigade’s Canadair CL-145 Firefighting planes (aritcle in italian - Tour of the Canadair depot at Ciampino Airport). Given the unique nature of these aircraft, it is quite rare to find all 5 of them parked, as they may be ferried across other airports in Italy.

                 **Passenger Gates & VIP Gates**

Summary

Pretty straight forward. There are a total of 18 gates (7 of them are airside - which you can walk to the terminal, 9 remote stands - which require bus transfer and 2 VIP Gates - which are rarely used).

The most common type of planes you can expect to see are Ryanair’s 737-800 fleet or Wizz Air’s mixed fleet of A320, A321 and A320/1 NEO Fleet.

               **Business Apron and Cargo Stands**

Summary

The main purpose of Ciampino is to act as the destination for private/chartered flights, since landing fees are reasonalbly cheaper than Fiumicino, and it isn’t very busy.

Given that most of the Private flights, which used to occupy the business apron have moved operations to the smaller Rome-Urbe aiport a few kilometers north of the city centre, the vast amount of parking stands have remained empty.

As a result, some of the empty stands have been handed over to General Aviation , whilst the Airport authority is in talks to aquire the unused stands to convert them into passenger gates.

There are four cargo stands, which are usually occupied by Fedex Express, TNT, DHL or UPS. Unfortunately I am unable to confirm what types of aircraft fly in, but the most common one seems to be the Fedex Boeing 737-400F and the UPS B767F.

            **Runways, Arrival & Departure Procedures**

Runways
Ciampino has a Single Runway (15/33) which is 2,208m or 7,245ft long. Both Sides of the runway are equipped with ILS technology.
Given its single runwat layout, take offs and landings need to be spread out, especially during high demand seasons like the summer, which unfortunately leads to some delays.

Departures and Arrivals


Departure Procedures


Arrival Procedures


Approach Procedures

All inbound and outbound flights into the airport use Runway 15, since the meterological conditions mostly favour a R15 landing. It is in VERY rare circumstances where runway 33 is used (usually when the weather favours it).

I hope this guide was useful, and feel free to drop any questions you may have!!

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