Aeroporti di Roma opened the new Terminal 5 at Fiumicino on 3 May. The 14,000sqm facility, which is designed to ease congestion in Terminal C, is currently being used by airlines operating services to the US, with Israeli carrier EL AL to commence services from the terminal in June. Ross Falconer reports.
After a dynamic year in 2007, with an 8.4 % increase to almost 7.3 million passengers, Lyon Saint Exupéry boasted the highest growth rate in France during Q1 2008 – figures going into May showing a 15.9% rise year-on-year. To ensure continued success, the airport has two major strategic focuses, as CEO Philippe Bernand explained to Michelle Meineke.
Sheremetyevo International Airport has appointed Scott Wilson to develop a master plan for the airport to 2030. It will incorporate Aeroflot’s new terminal – Terminal 3, a third runway and the phased expansion of the airport. Moscow Sheremetyevo has ambitious plans to regain its position as the number one gateway into Russia. Ross Falconer spoke with Rob Rushmer, Technical Director, Scott Wilson.
While London- Heathrow’s Terminal 5 experienced much-publicised baggage problems on opening, it is widely acknowledged that it is a world class facility and one that was notably delivered on time and on budget. Significantly, it also creates room for major transformation of the rest of the airport. Ross Falconer reports.
Albert Einstein famously said “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Alitalia’s recent decision to withdraw 250 daily flights from Milan Malpensa and refocus on its Rome Fiumicino hub means the airport has effectively lost its own hub status. Ross Falconer spoke with Giulio Demetrio, Director General, SEA Aeroporti di Milano, about the consequences of Alitalia’s decision, the challenges and the opportunity it now presents the airport.