Can’t find the departure gate? Prefer a window seat? Not sure when your flight is boarding? We’ve got it covered. Stick with us and you’ll be sure to get on the plane safely and on time - in Italian!
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Porta d'imbarco or Gate
Now, here are the important questions that you will need before to take off with your flight!
In Italian we use the English word "check-in" to refer to the counter to check-in to the flight while we use the word "biglietteria" if we want to refer to airline counter to change a ticket for example.
Listen to each word and its English translation and repeat the words aloud.
Quando devo essere all'aeroporto?
When do I have to be at the airport?
Quanto dura il volo?
How long is the flight?
Quanto dura la fermata?
How long is the stop over?
Servono un pasto caldo?
Will they serve a hot meal?
È il volo completo?
Is the flight very busy?
Ho bisogno di visto?
Do I need a visa?
Quanto è valido il visto?
How long is the visa valid for?
Quanti bagagli posso portare?
How many pieces of luggage can I take?
Some people prefer window seats, some want to sit close to the aisle. I always ask for a window seat, that way I can get a first impression of the city we are going to land in, from above.
Whichever one you prefer, here are the Italian words for it…
Vorrei il posto finestrino, per favore.
I would like to have a window seat, please.
Vorrei il posto corridoio, per favore.
I would like to have an aisle seat, please.
Here are some possible answers you might get…
Deve essere al gate 15 minuti prima della partenza
You have to be at the gate 15 minutes prior to departure. (formal)
Purtroppo, non abbiamo nessun posto finestrino disponibile.
Unfortunately, we don't have any window seats left.
Non ha bisogno di nessun visto
You won't need a visa. (formal)
Servono uno snack e la cena.
They will serve a snack and dinner.
Può portare solo un bagaglio a mano
You can only take one piece of hand luggage. (formal)
Il Suo bagaglio è troppo pesante
Your luggage is too heavy. (formal)
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