Cagliari - Elmas ‘Mario Mameli’ Airport managed by So.G.Aer is Sardinia’s most important airport in terms of traffic and size. So.G.Aer faces the role of managing the main access door of the island with a strong sense of resposability. The organisation commits to deliver airport services of the highest quality and safety levels; to plan the expansion of the airport infrastructures while endorsing the economic development of both the airport and its territory. Renowned by its modern, spacious and functional structure, the terminal can comfortably accommodate over 4 million passengers per year according to the ICAO standards B class, combining the distinctive features of the major international airports with the familiarity and comfort of medium size airports.
From an architectural point of view, the terminal building blends in perfectly with the surrounding environment reflecting the local landscape’s colors on both its large glass surfaces and its metallic cover. The use of white limestone, typical of the local constructions, confers to the terminal building a familiar appearance to those who know Cagliari’s buildings and monuments, and as a result offers a first taste of the city to the arriving passengers. The profusion of the glass surfaces create great luminosity and comfort to the terminal, allowing an external view on aircrafts, gardens, salt marshes and the sky-line of Cagliari. Inside, the soft colors of stones, steel and other materials reflect the typical colors of the island creating a comfortable environment.
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The official opening of the new air terminal took place in June 2003. It is able to accommodate about 4 million passengers, goal that could be reached in 2010.
The profusion of the glass surfaces create great luminosity and comfort to the terminal, allowing an external view on aircrafts, gardens, salt marshes and the sky-line of Cagliari. Inside, the soft colors of stones, steel and other materials reflect the typical colors of the island creating a comfortable environment. The official opening of the new air terminal took place in June 2003. It is able to accommodate about 4 million passengers, goal that could be reached in 2010.
Guaranteeing almost 50% of the air traffic of the entire island, Cagliari’s air terminal is the most important in Sardinia and one of the most important in Italy. The airport is located in the center of an urban area with a population of five hundred thousand inhabitants and can be easily reached in few minutes from Cagliari by car or by Public Bus Service ARST and TRAIN station (TRENITALIA) connect in few minutes directly airport to the heart of Cagliari City (central Station).
The building is structured on 3 levels:
THE FIRST LEVEL
The first level (ground floor) is dedicated to the Arrivals Area. The Baggage reclaim hall and the airlines’ lost & found offices, reachable through modern air-conditioned loading bridges, are located in a restricted area where only passengers and staff have access.
On the same level, in the International Arrivals Area, Police, Customs and Guardia di Finanza offices are located.
The common Area offers several airport and business services including: car rentals, post office, bank and a first-aid station. People awaiting passengers and passengers themselves can find refreshments at the coffee bar and ice cream parlour. For those interested in tourist and local information courteous and efficient info point is available.
THE SECOND LEVEL
The Departures Area on the second level (first floor) is also accessible by car by means of an external ramp.
The area has 42 Check-in desks, 2 VIP Lounges and a “Sala Amica” dedicated to passengers with reduced mobility in need of assistance.
Airline ticket counters, snack bars, shops, an exhibition gallery and a chapel are located in the same area.Beyond the security controls is the Boarding area. This area offers all the necessary services to passengers waiting to board including shops and a coffee shop with a panoramic view of the runway.
There is also a WiFi internet access point.
THE THIRD LEVEL
The airlines and the governmental organisations’ offices as well as the restaurant and its terrace are located on the third level of the terminal.
THE TERMINAL
Pursuant to the completion of the Cagliari Elmas 2010 project, partly financed by the EC and greatly supported by the Chamber of Commerce of Cagliari, major shareholder of So.G.Aer. S.p.A., Sardinia’s airport infrastructure is one of the most important and modern in Europe.
Security, accessibility and comfort are the quality key factors that have played a significant role during its planning.
SHOPPING AREA
Besides the various shops and restaurants which can be found in all the airport’s areas, the Departures Hall is provided with a shopping gallery. The gallery is bright, comfortable, and open 365 days a year. The diversity of the shops allows passengers to choose from a wide selection of Sardinian products and souvenirs. From the gallery it is possible to access both the panoramic restaurant and the terrace located on the floor above.
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