By Firenze Convention Bureau
Talks of an additional runway have been ongoing for the past twenty years, but it is only recently that the project’s deadline got tighter.
“If everything will go as planned, the new runway should be ready by 2017, in time to welcome the heads of state that will visit Florence to attend the G8 meeting scheduled for that year,” said Marco Carrai, President of Florence’s airport operator ADF (Aeroporto di Firenze).
The runway will help increase passenger traffic, which was estimated at 2.2 million in 2014, up 13.6% from the year before.
Florence airport will remain operational throughout the duration of the project. According to estimates by Tuscany’s regional economic planning agency IRPET (Istituto Regionale Programmazione Economica della Toscana), the new airport terminal will generate €730 million worth of wider economic gains for the region. Passenger volume is expected to increase to 4.5 million by 2029. Overall, Florence’s airport users will be able to achieve an estimated €20 million to €45 million in transport cost savings thanks to shorter journey times.
Florence’s airport operator is expected to merge with Pisa’s airport operator (SAT) in May 2015. The two entities will become a single organization named “Toscana Aeroporti” (Tuscany’s Airports) which will be listed on the stock market. It will become Italy’s third airport hub, with a combined passengers traffic volume expected to reach 11 million by 2029.
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