ITALY: The Worst Airport

"This airport is like the Inferno. One manages to get into it, one is badly off inside and one doesn't know how to get out." So a Belgian priest complained to the management of Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Intercontinental Airport, less grandly known as Fiumicino (Little River). Infernal it is. On an average day the 22,000 passengers who land, take off or transit at Fiumicino on 62 different commercial carriers participate in a drama worthy of Dante.

As Cesare Romiti, the director of Alitalia, put it: "Fiumicino is the worst airport in the world." At least 50% of the planes...

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