There are three airports in Sardinia, ready to accommodate the thousands of sun-seekers who flock to this Italian island every summer. Cagliari-Elmas Airport is the busiest, and from within its glass facade, visitors can already glimpse at the local scenery. The three-level structure offers many facilities, including a terrace restaurant and a gelateria.
British Airways flies to Cagliari from London Luton. Patrons are in good hands with this “Airline of the Year” of the 2006 World Airline Awards. Cheap flights are available with their World Traveller economy class.
Another choice for travellers on a budget is easyJet, with Sardinia flights to and from London Luton. Packrats will rejoice; there are no weight restrictions for hand luggage. Arrive way before check-in time to catch an earlier flight to Sardinia even when booked on a later trip, provided there is room.
EasyJet also has Sardinia flights to Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smeralda from Gatwick and Bristol. In partnership with the Ciao Sardinia programme, Olbia has an information desk which helps travellers plan their stay. From hotel bookings to day tours, a hassle-free and “tailor-made holiday” is within reach. Kara Sardegna offers a variety of native, high-quality products ranging from cheese to wine.
Jet2.com is another low-cost airline servicing Olbia. With trips to and from Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, and Manchester, this “Best Scheduled British Airline 2005” (crowned by Holiday Which? magazine) allows passengers to choose their seats online. With Jet2plus, there are more benefits including a special meal, access to the VIP lounge, and “security fast track” – no more queuing at the airport!
Ryanair is the largest low-cost carrier in Europe. Flying in from Birmingham, it prioritises safety, and no incidents “involving major injury” of anyone on their planes have occurred.
It also operates from Stansted, East Midlands, and Liverpool to Alghero Airport, which has been undergoing renovations to attract more tourists into what used to be a military airport.