IATA Code: PMF
Address: SO.GE.A.P. S.p.A. – Parma International Airport
Via dell’Aeroporto, 44/A
43100 Parma, Italy
Terminal Guide: Here
Distance From City: 2km
Day Trip Possible: No
Passenger Numbers: 260,000 (2009)
OVERVIEW: Famous for it’s ham, Parma has not really been a popular destination for airlines. In part this is due to the facilities, which have prohibited any kind of large-scale operation and the catchment area, with it lying inbetween many of the larger cities.
Airport Past: Airport was opened in 1991 with the intention of being a smaller regional airport.
Airport Present: Addition of Ryanair services led to the first larger regular planes coming into the airport; but the capacity restrictions have meant that adding further destinations have been out of the question.
Airport Future: Plans are underway to expand the airport and more than double it’s current capacity to 600,000pax/year. This would allow a large growth in the number of destinations.
GETTING THERE: At around 1.5km from the city of Parma, the airport is extremely accessible and one of the closest commutes in the network.
Bus: There is a bus service from the airport to the train station. It costs just one euro but at only one trip an hour, it may be better to use other modes of transport.
Train: No train service at the airport. The train station is in Parma and offers good connections to the rest of the country.
Taxi: Taxi rank located outside the airport; an extremely quick journey.
Car Hire: Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Sixt have desks at the airport.
GENERAL TIPS: The airport has one of the lowest capacities of any airport serving scheduled international destinations and it’s easy to see why; very small inside.
Terminal: Although fairly modern, the terminal is small and there is not a lot to do inside. With the city being so close, there is no reason to arrive here early. If flights are arriving or departing close to one another, do expect crowds.
Facilities: Not many, but the airport has an ATM. Food provision is fairly restricted to a couple of bar/cafe type joints, one before and one after security.
Nearest Hotel: No airport hotel, but with Parma so close, this is really irrelevant.
Nearby: Parma is the closest largest settlement; nearby are smaller residential villages and plenty of fields, not a lot to recommend for the casual tourist.
BUDGET TRAVELLERS GUIDE: Good value destination, certainly which has it’s fair share of cheapish flights. Unfortunately there is not a great range, which may improve in the future with the airport in a good location.
Accomodation: Certainly a lot cheaper than Milan or Rome, Parma offers a good range of accomodation to suit every budget.
Transport: Very cheap transport connection from the airport – you could probably walk if you had no luggage. A metro system is imminent which would improve navigation greatly and ultimately will link the city from the airport.
Connections: Sketchy at the moment due to capacity: Ryanair have London-Stansted and Alghero, Windjet have Palermo and Catania, Belle Air have Tirana, and Air Alps have Rome-Fiumicino and Olbia.
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