21 December 2016
Today, 21st December 2016, at Leonardo da Vinci airport, the new international boarding area, “E”, dedicated for Extra-Schengen flights, has been inaugurated.
On behalf of Spea Engineering, its President, Paolo Costa and its CEO, Antonino Galatà attended the event, led by CEO of Atlantia group Giovanni Castellucci and CEO and President of Aeroporti di Roma, Ugo de Carolis and Monica Mondardini, respectively.
Attending the event was Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Graziano Delrio.
The ceremony was attended by over 500 guests and a many representatives of managers and technicians of ADR and SPEA Engineering, who coordinated and supervised the design and construction phases, and Cimolai S.p.A., leader of the consortium that carried out the construction work.
The new infrastructure, consisting of a major European Airport Mall and a large boarding Area for international extra-Schengen flights, started in early 2000.
The project was entirely designed by SPEA Engineering, who also performed the work supervision and safety coordination during the design and construction phases.
The new boarding Area E is one of the largest and most advanced European airport infrastructure, with over 90 Extra-Schengen destinations, with a total of over 13 million passengers, both departing and arriving. The Pier is equipped with 14 gates which, together with the 8 new gates created on the ground floor of the shopping mall, comprise a total of 22 gates.
The new area, measuring approximately 90,000 square meters, was completed on schedule, thus exploiting the airport grounds with maximum efficiency and without additional land consumption. The infrastructure is state-of-the-art in the European Union and will accommodate over 6 million extra passengers per year.
In the Airport Mall, dedicated to services for passengers, there are 40 new stores, with the most prestigious Italian and international fashion brands and 10 high quality and well-diversified restaurants.
The architectural concept of the ’area, created by the internal skills of Atlantia Group, by means of the most advanced building technologies and best environmental protection standards, was developed with reference to the historic and artistic heritage of the city of Rome. The classic shapes, combined with the transparency and maximum use of natural light, give passengers the impression of finding themselves at the centre of the slopes. A giant glass “bubble”, surrounded by a large glass window running along the entire window, provide a perfect view of the outside and of the sky.
On the basement level of the pier, two innovative baggage handling systems will be in operation for departure and in transit – i.e. the HBS (Hold Baggage Screening) and BHS (Baggage Handling System) – that serve the entire area.