Christopher Columbus International Airport, commonly known as Aeroporto di Genova-Sestri Ponente, is an international airport built on an artificial peninsula, about 8 kilometers west of Genoa.
The airport is named after the notable Genoese navigator and explorer Christopher Columbus and is the main airport of Liguria.
Began in 1954 and inaugurated in 1962, the airport was initially equipped with a 2,285 meter runway and a temporary terminal. The temporary structure survived until 1986, when the new and definitive airport was inaugurated.
The airport was built on an artificial peninsula created by filling a stretch of sea. Its construction required 8 years of work and the excavation of the nearby hill of Monte Croce.
In 2018, with 1,455,626 passengers, the Genoa Airport was the 21st busiest Italian airport by passenger traffic.
HOW TO GET THERE
To get to the airport from the city center, and vice versa, you can use the free shuttle bus SP, which runs every day from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm between Principe Piazza Acquaverde and Sestri Ponente. The frequency between buses is 15 minutes.
Also, by bus, you can reach the airport with the Volabus, which makes the connection with the Genova Piazza Principe and Brignole railway stations. The trip takes about 30 minutes and a ticket costs 6€.