Air Transport World

Leonardo Da Vinci prepares for 2000; big things are happening at Rome's primary airport, which has begun as a wide-ranging expansion.

Rome-when Leonardo da Vinci Intercontinental Airport opened ill Fiumicino-outside Rome-in 1961, it was intended to handle up to 6 million passengers per year. Last year, 17.8 million passengers moved through the terminal and by the year 2005, the airport's management anticipates up to 40 million passengers per year.

To cope with this growth, Aeroporti di Roma, which manages the airport as well as nearby G.B. Pastine Airport in Ciampino, is engaged in an ambitious 45-year expansion program ultimately intended to allow the airport to handle 60 million passengers annually by the year 2030. Architectural, engineering and planning support is being provided by the jacksonville, Fla.-based firm RS&H.

The program, including terminal, runway and roadway expansion, is being implemented in three stages, with the first stage through 2005 well under way. …

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