A rich past and a busy future
Rome Ciampino Airport is one of the oldest still in operation. Opened in 1916, it was named after Gian Battista Pastine, an Italian military airship commander in World War I. Born as a construction site for airships in a location considered suitable mainly because "not exposed to the winds", in 1961 its airport was replaced with the construction and inauguration of the Rome Fiumicino airport.
Despite this, Ciampino airport continues to be an important point of reference for the city of Rome, being only 15 kilometers from the center of the capital and being well connected by bus or combinations of public transport. It has also been expanded and modernized over the years, becoming an important hub for low-cost airlines operating domestic and international flights.
Ciampino Airport has witnessed many historical events, including the landing of a German military aircraft during World War II and the arrival of Pope John Paul II in 1978. Today it continues to welcome millions of passengers every year, offering high quality services and representing an important access point to the city of Rome for travelers from all over the world.