The country of San Marino is one of the few not served by commercial airports. Another example would be Andorra, a nation of which Simple Flying explored the prospects of aviation last year. Fortunately, the microstate, which is only 61 km2 (24 sq mi) in area, has such an airport nearby.
Just down the road
The facility in question is the Federico Fellini International Airport (RMI), located just outside the city of Rimini. The airport is located on the east coast of Italy, the country by which San Marino is landlocked. Depending on the route, Rimini airport is between 25 and 30 km (15.5 – 18.6 miles) from the capital of San Marino by road.
The facility, named after Italian screenwriter and director Federico Fellini, features a single paved track, which spans 2,964 meters with capes 13/31. Traffic has fluctuated over the years, peaking at just over 920,000 passengers in 2011. This made it the 24th busiest airport in Italy that year, as well as the busiest among facilities that hosted less than a million customers.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, 2011 was also Rimini’s recent peak in terms of the number of flights, with 9,122 serving the airport. In 2019, the last full year of pre-coronavirus “normalcy”, its annual passenger total had fallen to just under 400,000, with a total of 395,194 passengers passing through its doors that year.
Which airlines fly to Rimini?
Much of Rimini airport’s traffic is seasonal, like its entire contingent of Ryanair flights. The Irish low-cost giant services the facility from Budapest, Cagliari, Kaunas, Krakow, London Stansted, Palermo, Vienna and Warsaw Modlin. On the other hand, Wizz AirFlights from Bucharest and Tirana operate all year round.
A handful of European national carriers also serve Rimini on a seasonal basis, these being Lufthansa (from Munich), Luxair (Luxembourg) and LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw Chopin). Further afield, Tehran sees seasonal flights from Rimini with Iran Air, while Italian carrier Neos flies to leisure destinations like Egypt (Marsa Alam and Sharm El Sheikh) and Greece (Rhodes).
Previously, the Russian market was a fairly important part of Rimini airport operations. Indeed, the facility had direct connections to the largest country in the world in terms of area, thanks to Pobeda, Rossiya, SkyUp and Ural Airlines. However, ongoing Russian military action in Ukraine has resulted in the suspension of these routes.
San Marino has one non-commercial airfield
As pictured above, airport signage previously included San Marino in its name, to denote its status as a gateway to the tiny landlocked nation. However, in terms of airfields in San Marino, there is only one.
The installation in question is the aerodrome of Torraccia, which has a grass runway 625 meters long and a helipad. However, no commercial flights serve Torraccia, which instead sees general aviation traffic via Aeroclub San Marino.
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