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MITRE Researchers in Florence to study acoustic impact of new Vespucci runway

Florence, Wednesday 20 August 2014 – Following conclusion of the first stage of the survey carried out by a team of American MITRE researchers on the acoustic impact and on the overflight routes of Florence airport’s new runway, the team concentrated its activities on the Plain’s sensitive points which might be involved in overflights in the new runway configuration.  With the aid of a helicopter, various flights were made over the area with simulation of take-off/approach procedures.  The researchers assisted at landing and take-off operations controlled by Enav of Florence and collected data on meteorological and acoustic measurements  and air procedures developed by AdF, following consultation with Enav and professionally independent and qualified companies.     

 

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Highest-ever passenger traffic boom in May – all previous records broken + 18.4% Florence shows largest growth among Italian airports In April

Florence, Thursday 5 June 2014 . Overwhelming growth of Florence airport in May.   Passenger traffic outperformed April 2013 by +18.4%;  Excellent progressive figure: +14.45% in the first five months of the year. 

 

The over 230 thousand passengers who passed through the Amerigo Vespucci airport during May represent the airport’s best-ever result surpassing even last April’s record when the Florentine airport marked up its historic record and, with an increase of 26.8%, exhibited the largest growth among Italian airports.     

 

Domestic flights rose by 28% and International flights by 16.5%.  The results was due both to the success of the new routes recently opened by Vueling  FlyBe, British Airways and KLM, and to the increase in historic routes in which investments had been made by various airlines: Air France (+29.8%), Vueling (Barcelona +41%, Copenhagen +12%, Madrid +31%), Air Dolomiti, which increased frequency from 3 to 4 flights per day (+2%), Brussels (+36%) and City Jet which doubled frequency to London City (+33%).  But generally speaking growth involved all airlines and also showed an increase in load factors.:  Alitalia (+2% on Rome), Lufthansa (+1,7%), NIKI (+28%), Swiss (+14%), Volotea (+10%).

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Inauguration yesterday of british airways’ new florence– london city route

Florence, 31 March 2014 - The new British Airways route between Florence and London’s important City Airport was inaugurated yesterday:  Tuscany’s chief town, the home of art and cradle of Italy’s Renaissance history, is thus connected with 4 weekly flights, to England’s futuristic capital.  Thanks to collaboration with the Fire Brigade, the first aircraft from London was greeted at Florence airport in the traditional manner of celebrating inaugural flights.  

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Opening of new Customer Service InfoPoint

The Chinese General Consul Wang Xinxia inaugurates installation of “Confucius” statue at the airport

Florence, Tuesday 17 December 2013 – The new Customer Service Info Point officially opened at Florence airport. The new offices, designed and managed in collaboration with the Comune di Firenze, are active during airport opening times and will deal with passengers’ needs and requirements concerning aspects of the airport and tourist information.    .

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Town Councillor Sara Biagiotti, the Director of Enac Donatella Barsotti, the Chairman of AdF Marco Carrai and the Managing Director Mauro Pollio, were present to emphasize the importance of this investment to improve and personalize services to passengers and tourists to which both AdF and the Comune di Firenze are committed.

The same day saw the installation of a statue of “Confucius” by Chinese artist  Zhang Huan, whose exhibition “L’Anima e la Materia” was held last summer in Florence at Palazzo Vecchio and Forte Belvedere.    The statue will remain at the airport until next spring, testifying to the encounter between two great capitals of culture: Florence, home of the Renaissance and Shanghai, one of the creative capitals of the twenty-first century.  

The ceremony was attended by the General Consul of the Chinese People’s Republic, Dr. Wang Xinxia, together with major representatives of local institutions, the Regione Toscana and the Comune di Firenze, to whom a letter of thanks from the sculptor was delivered, the Provinces of Florence and Prato and  leading local authorities.   The event provided an excellent opportunity to underline the friendship between Tuscany and China and commemorate the terrible events which recently occurred in Prato.    

The objective of AdF was to trigger a project which, as Chairman Carrai observed, “aims to transform a non-place, like an airport, into a place in which a strong territorial identity, characterized by its remarkable artistic heritage, can be represented within our airport.  A project which will be further developed with other exceptional presentations”.   

 

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