Fiumicino airport completes construction of three-storey building with 23 new boarding gates.
Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci international airport, known as Fiumicino, inaugurated a major new boarding area on Wednesday in the presence of Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella.
Airport management company Aeroporti di Roma (AdR) has invested €400 million in building “Molo A“, a three-storey structure that covers 37,000 sqm and is linked to Terminal 1.
Mattarella hailed the “important infrastructure” – which has 23 gates – as a “sign of recovery and confidence in the future.”
Dopo tanta attesa, oggi, a #Fiumicino, è stato inaugurato, alla presenza delle più importanti Istituzioni, il nuovo #MoloA, simbolo di ripartenza per l’Italia intera. #UnveiledMoloA #AirportOfTheFuture #TheCareport pic.twitter.com/JYGhtPZUOB— Aeroporti di Roma (@AeroportidiRoma) May 18, 2022
Also present at the inauguration was Rome mayor Roberto Gualtieri who said the “precious” asset will be particularly useful during Jubilee Year 2025, “which will attract millions of faithful” to the capital.
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Construction of the new boarding area began at the end of 2017 but was stalled by the covid lockdown in March 2020.
The development, described by AdR as “the first major infrastructure opened in Italy after the pandemic”, will increase the annual number of passengers transiting through the airport by more than six million.
Illuminated by natural light, the structure has dozens of shops, a nursery and children’s play area, as well as VIP business areas, with 13 of the 23 gates equipped with loading bridges to board planes directly.
Passengers can even admire a collection of ancient Roman artefacts, curated by the archaeological park at Ostia Antica, including frescoes and a statue of Apollo.
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The boarding area boasts eco-sustainable credentials, equipped with solar panel systems and adhering to all the main international environmental norms.
All’#AeroportodiFiumicino col Presidente Mattarella per l’apertura della nuova area di imbarco A. Un’infrastruttura innovativa e sostenibile, strategica per la Capitale che potrà aumentare i passeggeri di 6 MLN all’anno. #Roma sempre più pronta per vincere le prossime sfide. pic.twitter.com/WaJDqOTWPR— Roberto Gualtieri (@gualtierieurope) May 18, 2022
The new facility is part of AdR’s project to expand the eastern area of the airport which is reserved for domestic connections and short and medium-flights in the Schengen area.
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“A commitment that represents a real initiative of recovery and resilience, achieved despite the serious impacts of the pandemic crisis”, the CEO of AdR Marco Troncone told Corriere della Sera, underlining that “until last March the airport housed an average of 40,000 passengers per day, which is equivalent to 30 per cent of the flow of arrivals and departures in pre-covid times.”