Fiumicino Airport Departures
The table above shows real-time data of flight departures where you can see the status and the scheduled departure time for each flight. If you wish to view earlier or later departures, you can change the time at the top of the table. It is always advisable to keep up to date on your departure time, as just like any airport, delays can occur. Therefore, you can avoid arriving at the airport too early.
Fiumicino airport has four terminals, so it is important that your check your flight ticket to see which terminal you will depart. If you arrive at the wrong terminal, you can easily walk to the correct terminal or hop-on the free shuttle bus that runs every 15 minutes between the terminals and car parks. If you are unsure of your terminal, you can check it here.
The acceptable time to arrive will depend on the airline you are travelling with and the destination you are flying to. All airlines have different times for closing their check-in desks, so it is always best to contact your airline for accurate information if you are unsure. You will find the majority of airlines close their desks between 45 minutes and 1 hour before the departure time of a flight, and desks will open as follows:
- Domestic and European flight desks open 2 hours before departure
- International flight desks open 3 hours before departure
Do not leave your arrival to the last minute, especially at an airport like Fiumicino, as it can take time to walk to your boarding gate.
A passenger who boards a flight from Fiumicino airport will first have to check-in, just like any other airport. You can check-in at the airport or online. The latter is the preferred option for most passengers as it will speed up and avoid some of the queueing when you arrive at the airport.
Passengers who have checked-in online will be required to print off their boarding pass or download an app on their phone to receive an electronic boarding pass. These types of boarding passes are sufficient to pass through security, so there is no need to queue up at a check-in desk. All you have to do is drop off your hold luggage at one of the 'bag drop' desks for your airliner. This is normally a very fast process so there will be little of no queueing required. If you have no hold luggage then you can proceed directly to the Security and Immigration checks.
Passengers who need to check-in at the airport will be required to present their passport (or national ID if travelling within the Schengen area) and their ticket at the check-in desk. They will then assigned a seat and provided with a boarding pass.
Hold Luggage Regulations
Hold luggage size and weight allowances are dependent on the airline you are flying with, so for accurate information, it is best to contact your airline. As a guide, you can expect the weight to be 20 kg or 22 kg per item, with the option to purchase extra weight up to a maximum of 32 kg. The size of luggage must not be greater than 90 cm x 75 cm x 45 cm. One item of hold luggage is normally the allowance per person, but budget airliners have no allowance, so they will charge you for each item of luggage.
Most airlines will allow some types of sports equipment, such as golf clubs and skis, but usually, there is an extra fee for carrying these items. They will also have to be dropped off at a special desk. You will be informed of where this desk is when you check-in your luggage.
It is prohibited to transport a number of items in your hold luggage. These include, but are limited to the following:
- Flammable liquids and solids
- Organic peroxides
- Fire lighter, lighter fuel, paints and thinners
- Fireworks and pyrotechnics
- Explosives, ammunition, detonators and related equipment
- Radioactive materials, acids, corrosives, alkalis and caustic soda
- Instruments that contain magnets
- Smoke canisters and cartridges
- Infectious substances
- Wet-cell batteries
- Poisons, arsenic, cyanide and weed killers
As a tip, you should always put a label on your luggage that contains your name, address and telephone number.
After you have checked-in, but before you can go to your boarding gate, you must go through security checks. This ensures you have a valid boarding pass and that you have no forbidden items on you, or in your hand luggage.
There are six security checkpoints in the airport with 66 x-ray machines, which passengers and luggage must pass through. At Fiumicino, this process is normally very efficient and much faster than most international airport. The average processing time in 2016 averaged just under 5 minutes per passenger with 95% of passengers being satisfied with the service.
To help to reduce this time as much as possible, we suggest that you prepare yourself before your reach the x-ray machines. This included taking off, or making easily accessible, items that need to be scanned separately. These include keys, belts, wallets, laptops and phones. Liquids must also be placed in a transparent bag and scanned separately, and must not exceed 100 ml each in volume. Volumes in excess of 100 ml must be disposed of before you enter the security area.