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30/10/2007

WORK IN PROGRESS AT CATULLO NEW DEPARTURE TERMINAL

50 check-in desks, shopping area and tactile route for the blind
Construction works are progressing at airport Valerio Catullo of Villafranca to complete the new departure terminal. After completing the refurbishing and enlargement works at the arrival terminal, which was inaugurated in May 2006, a new construction site is now at work to complete the overall reorganization of Catullo original structure. As explained by airport director, Fulvio Cavalleri, “The renovation works are necessary in order to be able to face the constant development of Catullo airport, which from half a million passengers registered in 1990, has arrived to three million travellers at the end of 2006. A further traffic increase is also expected for the future, thanks to low cost flights positive results and to the strong request for daily scheduled connections to domestic and international business destinations. According to this perspective, we are developing our structure in order to grant a fully sustainable growth”. To build a completely new departure area, construction works will proceed according to scheduled steps, with programmed suspensions during summer traffic picks and will be completed in about two years; a period of time that is necessary for a constant and efficient service operation at the airport. The construction works will double the boarding areas at Catullo, while shopping areas will increase of almost 70 per cent and check-in desks will pass from 30 to a total of 50 desks, including ten desks for self-check-in. Passengers security points will pass from the present 6 to 10 points, while the boarding gates will be from 10 to a total of 13. The baggage handling area has been doubled: over 3.000 square meter with a capacity of 2.400 items of baggage per hour at peak traffic time. “The departure terminal reorganization project – as explained the Infrastructure director of Catullo, Antonio Zerman – is in accordance with all regulations regarding access of disabled people. In addition to that, a special route for the blind has been foreseen: it consists of tactile markers made of rubber elements or tiles on flooring. The tactile route starts from the car park for disabled and continues inside the terminal, passing through a totem to consult tactile information and leads to the boarding gates”.