Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA)
History, Facts and Overview
When Genoa Airport was originally built, the city spent considerable time and money backfilling next to the coastline to create more available space. The result is a conveniently placed airport, which now covers some 130 acres / 50 hectares, complete with a long runway measuring 2,900 metres / 9,515 feet.
Today, the city's airport is officially known as Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA), being named after its very famous historical resident Christopher Columbus, who was born here in 1451.
Genoa Airport has recently invested well over 40 million to improve the runway, apron and both cargo and passenger buildings, and to create a new satellite area for commuters. Passenger facilities are good and spread over both the first and second floors of the single-terminal facility.
These include various bars and a self-service restaurant specialising in Italian cuisine, along with popular shops, such as the Giglio Bagnara boutique and the Genova Shop, where a range of Italian goodies await visitors. Other facilities at Cristoforo Colombo Airport include an exclusive VIP lounge, conference rooms at the onsite Sheraton Hotel Genoa, and the Sala Genova lounge on the first floor, which boasts satellite TV, Internet access, newspapers and a snack bar.