The flight route London Heathrow (LHR) Rome (FCO) is very popular with tourists and business travellers in the UK. It was amongst the 20 busiest routes from Heathrow airport in 2013. Non-stop flights from London to Rome are operated by British Airways and Alitalia with a total flight time of 2 hours 30 minutes. Other flights are, for instance, offered by Air France and Lufthansa taking around 4 hours with one stopover. Despite being used mainly by the often more expensive scheduled airlines, Heathrow is the airport of choice for many Londoners and residents of the south-east of England due to the excellent transport network to and from the airport. Contrary to popular belief, scheduled airlines are not actually much more expensive than low-cost carriers. Often, a ticket with a conventional airline will include luggage and at times even a snack or a full meal on board.
Fiumicino - Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, usully shortened to Rome Fiumicino, is the largest airport in Italy and is located 19 miles from the centre of Rome. The airport has 5 terminals, Alitalia flights from Heathrow land at terminal 1. All British Airways flights arriving from London use terminal 3. Onward travel after landing is possible by car, taxi, bus or train. The airport has its own railway station, Fiumicino Aeroporto Railway station, with trains taking 30 minutes to reach the city centre. Trains depart twice hourly.
Passengers are advised to check their e-ticket carefully before departure to determine from which terminal their flight will depart. Currently, Alitalia flights to Rome leave from Terminal 4, and British Airways flights from Heathrow to Rome are operated from Terminal 5. The airport in Heathrow is easy to reach, whether it be by car, bus, train or underground. If coming from central London, by far the most convenient option is to take the Piccadilly Line, which, as well as being the cheapest choice, also serves all 5 terminals taking less than an hour from the city central to the airport. Night buses (N9) are available in the time when the tube is not running.