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Aeroporti di Roma presents today the final Master Plan for development to 2044 of the new "Leonardo da Vinci" airport

Rome, 26 July 2012 - Aeroporti di Roma presents today the final Master Plan for development to 2044 of the new "Leonardo da Vinci" airport, for which a design cost of about 5 million euro was incurred. The implementation of the new airport will require investments of more than 12 billion euro, activated if the ADR Planning Agreement is approved within the time limit set by law of 31 December 2012.

The Project

ADR has therefore developed, within the deadline, the project for the construction of the new airport structure that will make Fiumicino one of the most modern and efficient airports worldwide.

The design work, which began in October of 2009 and was carried out in consultation with the shareholder Changi Airport (operator of the Singapore airport, widely recognised as the best airport worldwide) and URS - Scott Wilson (leading international firm in the architecture and engineering of airports), provides for the completion of the current airport infrastructure, as well as its extension to the north, increasing capacity to more than 100 million passengers a year, from the current 35 million.

New runways, related taxiways and aprons for aircraft parking will be built. It includes the provision for the construction of all those assets which are indispensable to making "Leonardo da Vinci" the principal port of entry to Rome and to our country: hotels, business centre, car parks, specific technical areas for airport operators.

It is also worth pointing out that the investments that would be activated would be borne by 50% by foreign carriers and passengers, thus generating a positive flow of resources into our country.

Special care will be given to the environmental impact and the relationship with the territory:

  • at least 50% of passengers and workers will reach the airport by public transport (metro/people mover, train, bus);
  • 30% of the total electricity needs and 50% of the total thermal energy needs will be generated through the use of renewable sources. The rest of the electrical and thermal energy needed will be produced through high efficiency cogeneration;
  • the infrastructure will be implemented following the most modern environmental certification standards;
  • also included will be the creation of a new environmental park and a centre for sports and archaeological training, in order to increasingly integrate the airport community with the territory, emphasizing its unique aspects;
  • access to the airport will be ensured with new roads and rail links from the north and with the strengthening of existing ones (investment plan for 5 billion euro). To this effect, ADR has completed, with the participation of RFI (State Railways), ANAS and Roma Mobilità, a project co-funded by the European Union, and sponsored by the Ministry of Infrastructure. On 15 June 2012, the Lazio Region also approved Resolution no. 275, which allows for the development of a strategic programme aimed at promoting actions and projects to enable the development of Fiumicino and of the intermodal access networks.

The company will not invest any more resources on the Master Plan until the Planning Agreement is approved.

Planning Agreement

The approval of the Planning Agreement by 31 December 2012 - deadline set by the legislature for Planning Agreements in derogation - is a prerequisite for making it possible to fund the entire project, but also for the continuation of the only works currently in the construction phase, which if completed would increase, through an investment of 300 million euro, the annual capacity of the airport of Fiumicino by 5 million passengers by 2016.

If the airport is not developed, it will not be able to respond to the increasing traffic growth: for almost two years the airport has operated on overload for 40 days a year, reaching peaks of over 130 thousand passengers per day.

Moreover, since 2006, there has been an increase of about 600,000 passenger units who no longer use "Leonardo da Vinci" but other HUBS to reach their final destinations. A growing trend. This phenomenon is now worth almost 3.3 million passengers and is mainly caused by:

  • the failure to offer sufficient direct flights to various destinations in the world;
  • a chronic lack of infrastructure needed to accept this type of flight.

The main competing airports that have benefited from the increasingly weakness of Fiumicino are the largest HUBS in Europe, aided by the development of their respective carrier hubs and by the infrastructure investments carried out over time, suitable for attracting long-haul flights, in particular:

–        FCO - North America routes: London, Paris, Amsterdam

–        FCO - Central / South America routes: Madrid, Lisbon

–        FCO - ASIA routes: Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich

Domestic traffic falls, and international traffic grows

In the first half of 2012, in a very difficult socio-economic context, international traffic is increasing (+1.7%), while for domestic flights there was a sharp decline (-6.3%). The growth of international traffic is mainly due to the flows of passengers coming from outside the EU (+2.7%). The most significant increases come from emerging markets: Central/South America grew by 13.5%, driven by Brazil, and the Far East by 5.2%, thanks to recent additional flights to China. The Middle East and Africa traffic is also increasing, respectively +11.8% and +5.7%.

The ADR Group manages and develops the Rome airports of Fiumicino and Ciampino and performs other activities related and complementary to airport management. Fiumicino airport operates through four passenger terminals. It is dedicated to business and leisure customers for domestic, international and intercontinental travel; Ciampino airport is mainly used by low-cost airlines, by express couriers, and for General Aviation activities. In 2011, ADR recorded, as an airport system, 42 million passengers with over 220 destinations worldwide reachable from Rome, thanks to the 100 airlines operating in the two airports.

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