12 June 2019

SPEA Engineering S.p.A. is in the joint venture that was awarded the contract published last September by Geasar, the operator of the “Olbia Costa Smeralda” Airport, for the awarding of the design and management of the expansion and adaptation of the “Commercial aviation” terminal.


The Joint Venture is the result of the union of two major global players in the airport engineering sector, AECOM and SPEA Engineering, with two local professional enterprises with long design experience at the same Olbia airport, Satta & Partners – Archigroup and Engineer Boneddu. AECOM participates in the joint venture with two branches: the Italian one, AE-COM URS (group leader) and the Spanish one, AECOM Inocsa. The reliability and experience of these players – which share the fundamental values ​​of competence and cooperation – has determined the positioning of the group at the top of the ranking.The big names in international airport engineering took part in the tender for the awarding of the design and management of the works. Geasar S.p.A., 79.8% owned by Alisarda S.p.A. owned by the fund for the economic development of Prince Aga Khan (AKFED), has managed the Olbia airport since 1989 according to criteria based on quality and excellence. In 2017, Olbia airport was awarded second place among the best European midsize airports by ACI Europe, the main European trade association. The planned works at the Olbia airport will include the passenger terminal (or “commercial aviation terminal”), the car rental terminal (currently separated from the terminal), the aircraft parking areas, the land-side access to the terminal and the related parking areas (private cars, taxis, car rentals, public transport and airport operators). Project priorities will be the sizing of the terminal’s operational spaces, to optimize them with respect to traffic growth forecasts, and the improvement of the passenger experience in terms of comfort and reduction of waiting times in critical process areas, such as check-in and security checks and passports. The aim of the project will therefore be to improve service levels and to achieve the highest international standards defined by I.A.T.A. All in the name of efficient and sustainable design in economic and environmental terms and – by no means a secondary objective – strongly characterized in the architectural and naturalistic features of the Costa Smeralda.With regard to interventions on the terminal, the amount of the extension work for the year 2040 estimated by Geasar is 30,750,000 euros, with a first “functional lot”, worth 24,950,000 euros, relating to the forecasts of traffic up to 2030. For the design and works management activities, the Geasar call for tenders provided for a base fee of 2,534,923.24 euros. The intervention is intended to expand the terminal especially on the “air side” and in particular in the sector of departure lounges, creating new boarding gates. There is also a functional reorganization of the areas intended for passengers to achieve two fundamental objectives: the increase in equipment (check-in, security checks and passports, etc.), necessary to cope with the expected traffic in the near future, and the rationalization of the internal routes of passengers to achieve, through an adequate “streamlining” of the same, the conditions for the best possible “passenger experience”, in line with the airport’s high level targets and those of the area served. It will also be possible to serve also a large-capacity aircraft, such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A330-A350 (called “code E”), possibly with the temporary commitment of two of the stopping positions normally intended for “code C” aircraft (i.e. Airbus A319-A320 and Boeing 737), which are the predominant aircraft category at the airport. The “Olbia Costa Smeralda” airport is the point of arrival in Sardinia for international passengers, coming from the “Schengen” and “extra Schengen” areas. Inaugurated in 1974, the terminal was expanded in 2003 to reach the current surface area of ​​42,000 square meters. In 2018 the traffic was 3 million passengers, characterized in a high seasonality rate (72% is concentrated in the summer months).The consolidated growth trend in passenger traffic forecasts for the year 2040 an annual passenger volume more than doubled compared to the current one. The Development Plan prepared by Geasar was approved by the ENAC and obtained the positive opinion of the Ministry of the Environment, Protection of the Territory and the Sea, together with the Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities.


Spea Engineering S.p.A. – Atlantia Group, has almost 60 years of experience in providing integrated engineering services for transport infrastructures (such as airports, highways and roads), operates in Europe, Asia, Africa and America and collaborates with the World Bank and the Italian financial institutions.Active in the airport sector since 1986 (in 2015 it merged by incorporation with ADR Engineering SpA, the engineering firm of Aeroporti di Roma), SPEA is the leading Italian company in the airport sector and offers its services to ADR – Aeroporti di Roma , ACA – Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur (Nice, Cannes and Saint Tropez), “Genoa Airport” and SACAL of Lamezia Terme. The activity of SPEA Engineering has developed, in addition to Fiumicino and Ciampino, in 11 other Italian airports and in the following countries abroad: France, Morocco, Montenegro, Spain, China, South Africa and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The airport sector is a significant part of Spea Engineering’s activity, accounting for around 25/30% of the Company’s global production. The operational headquarters for this specialist sector is at Fiumicino airport, where around 100 specialists work among architects, engineers, geologists and geotechnicians.