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The Bari Airport, Bari, Italy carries the official name of Karol Wojtyla Airport, in honor of Pope John Paul II. Locals know the facility as Aeroporto di Palese Macchie. The airport lies 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the center of Palese, which lies along the Adriatic coast in the southern region of Paglia. The busy, full-service airport offers routine and chartered flights to many destinations across Europe.

Constructed in the 1930s, the airport began as a military airfield. In 1943, the British Army seized the facility, which then became a base for both British and United States Air Force units. After the war ended, the military returned the airport to the Italian Republic. During the 1960s, Bari Airport initiated civilian flights. From 1981 to 2000, the facility acquired numerous renovations that included new buildings and extended runways. After 2000, Bari Airport constructed a new passenger terminal and a new control tower. By the year 2010, over 3.7 million passengers traveled to various destinations on over 37,000 flights.

The airport offers the services of 21 different airlines that provide commercial and private flights to a number of worldwide destinations. Passengers book flights to various cities located throughout Italy. Other flights travel to the major cities in a variety of European countries that include Belgium, England, Germany and Greece. Eurofly Airlines also offers a weekly flight to New York City, New York.

Passengers arrive to and leave the airport by public or private transportation. A city bus has frequent stops at the airport and the more expensive shuttle bus takes arriving passengers to the heart of the city. A number of local taxi companies patiently wait in front of Arrival Hall for passengers leaving the airport. The facility also offers rental car services from name brand companies that include Avis, Europcar and Hertz. Passengers may arrange for rentals in advance by calling rental offices before flying to Bari or during mid-flight.

Bari Airport provides multi-level parking, which accommodates over 2,000 vehicles. Designated locations allow guests paid parking privileges for short-term or long-term stays. Guests find the short-term parking garage closest to the terminal entrance. Another location further away from the terminal area offers economy parking.

Passengers and guests find a wide and varied range of cafes and shops within the airport. Travelers often shop for last minute items, gifts or reading material to pass the time. Over a dozen shops carry everything from books and tobacco products to electronics, toys and personal care necessities. Guests having time between flights often browse through the specialty shops or stop in at one of the bars or restaurants.

Bari Airport, Bari, Italy also features a bank (Banca Antonveneda) and numerous ATM machines. The Departure Hall also contains a lounge area with meeting rooms and offices where business travelers have access to office equipment. When Pope John Paul II visited the airport in 1984, he consecrated a special room set aside or prayer.

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