Ciampino airport is situated 12.0 km south southeast of central Rome, just outside the Greater Ring Road the circular motorway around the city.
The Ciampino Airport was opened in 1916 and is one of the oldest airports still in operation. It was Rome's main airport until 1960, with traffic amounting to over 2 million passengers per year. Since the opening of Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Ciampino has been handling almost exclusively charter and executive flights.
After decades of stagnation in scheduled traffic, low-cost carriers have boosted Ciampino it is now one of the busiest and fastest growing airports in Italy. Passenger traffic in 2007 was 5,402,000 (9,24% up from 2006; 2006 itself had seen an increase of 16,75% compared to 2005).
Traffic has grown so much that noise complaints are now forcing the Italian Ministry of Transport to look for a third airport for Rome, which could take over some part of the excess traffic of Ciampino. Passenger traffic in 2008 was 4.788.931 with a decrease of 11,31% compared to 2007.