Florence Airport (FLR) is named "Amerigo Vespucci Airport", serves the famed Italian city of Florence and the beautiful area of Tuscany but is also known by many people by its old name "Peretola" which is the area where Florence airport is located. Many road signs still have Peretola name written on them. It is among the two main Tuscany region airports, the other is Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa.
This airport is small, having just one runway and its main taxiway is located at the rear of runway 05, in an holding/overshoot area at the rear of runway 23. In the year 1990, it was named after an Italian cartographer and merchant, Florence native Amerigo Vespucci. The flights are for mostly Italian cities and few European cities including Madrid, Brussels, Zurich, Frankfurt, Paris, London, and Barcelona. In the end of year 1999 some projects for enlargement and restructuring started, the airplanes parking and other areas and commercial management. Regards quality, in year 2001, Amerigo Vespucci ranked among the 1st European airports to get UNI EN ISO 9001/2000 certification for the amenities it offers. Now it has been expanded and is known as a new airport.
Florence Airport is situated 4km to the northwest of Florence that is positioned on the Arno River & at the Mugello foothills. It can be easily accessed through A1 & A11 motorways (Firenze Nord/Firenze Mare), or from Firenze by Viale Guidoni. Various modes of transportation are available which includes car, car rental, Limousine services, bus and taxi. It is around 25 minutes by car from the center of Florence. Car parks are situated close to the main terminal buildings. Passengers will find short and long-term parking options at Amerigo Vespucci Airport, conveniently located close to the terminals: disabled passengers and drivers will find reserved spaces adjacent to the terminals. It provides ample space for a number of cars to park.
Florence airport makes a beautiful impression of Florence city on the tourist and other visitors. For the fact is, it is full from all kind of facilities. One can easily get what he/she is looking for here even though they cannot speak Italian. The very first thing anyone notices about Florence Airport is how clean and bright it is. The cafés located on the 1st and ground floor is rationally priced, hygienic, and one gets a good airport view and aircraft view from the panoramic window. The departure area is with sufficient seating. It has unhurried, quiet, and pleasant environment. There is a duty free outlet, ATM machine and money exchange bureau. Bathrooms are very clean. It also provides services for the disables and wheel chairs are there. In short, FLR services are very good for the tourists and guests.
A recent survey of 2011 statistics show study of a number of parameters which measure the performance of Florence airport services demonstrates that markedly improved levels of quality in general are being perceived by passengers and delivered. Dedicated personnel are available to help all passengers requesting care when booking their flight. Passengers are assisted during embarkation, accompanied on board and met on arrival. It handles about 2 million passengers a year.