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Fiumicino Airport Chaos After Canceled Flight

August 22, 2015

Following Air Malta's flight cancellation, I had booked a flight to Rome, then a train ticket aboard the Frecciarossa straight to Naples...
The first "fun" in Rome as the tremendous chaos at the Fiumicino Airport...

These are my humble personal musings about my experience at Rome's Fiumicino Airport,

We departed from Malta's Luqa Airport, have flown above the scenic Dingli Cliffs... and not much later we arrived at Rome's massive Fiumicino International Airport.

As opposed to Ciampino, the Fiumicino is a major airport where the large carriers operate - and I arrived in the early afternoon, so there was quite a nice collection of large jets all around...

As I was walking towards the exit, I quickly noticed that I had gotten already out without my luggage...

Fiumicino was another one of those terribly disorganized airports - you can check back and read my Lisbon airport disappointment.

Chaotic crowds all around and no clear signs signalling what to find where...

What made it even worse was the fact that airport staff was either lacking entirely from certain areas or, "in trance": if you ask them something they'll respond with a glib careless attitude, attempting to shrug you off.

What first surprised me was the fact that there was no sign pointing to where the baggage claim area was. "Too good to be true": I got out of the airport in 2-3 minutes max. after leaving my jet.

Never before did I get out so fast from any airport. Good job, Fiumicino!

Getting back in to find my bag was a heck-of-a-lot harder.

It took probably 20-30 minutes to find staff(!) to inquire about permission to enter the baggage claim area.

Through a smaller entrance where they had to check me and scan my belongings, I was able to finally get to the luggage claim.

The guy and the lady in uniform at the security check were in constant chattery and merely used sign language in their interaction with me.

I was able to grab my bag and head to the train station, which would bring me straight to the great Termini Station in the heart of Rome.

But I wasted about 45 minutes with this "airport adventure" and just missed the train to Termini, so that added another 30 minutes waiting for the next train.

The chain of these (yes, humble) unfortunate events had consumed about 75 minutes of my precious time - which I could have spent exploring Rome, rather...

Anyway, here's my Rome sightseeing street strolling experience.

Fiumicino Airport train

Just missed my train at the Fiumicino Airport's train station...

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With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...


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