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Vueling confirms and boosts its Florence commitment: announcement of new route for the summer season 2015

The 14 direct connections already operative in the summer of 2014 will be joined by flights for Olbia, while the number of destinations that can be reached by flights with connections via Barcelona is 78. 

 

Florence, 15 January 2015 – Vueling continues with its programme of boosting and developing its presence at Florence airport, which becomes increasingly strategic both for domestic flights and for international connections. In fact, for the summer 2015 season not only has the airline belonging to the IAG group confirmed the 14 destinations of summer 2014, but has also announced one new route: Florence – Olbia (twice a week from 22 June to 11 September). The sale of tickets for the two new destinations was launched today.

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Presentation of survey on the population in the Florence-Prato-Pistoia area.

The survey was organized by Sociometrica and took into account a highly representative sample of the resident population in the Florence-Prato-Pistoia area:  88% of those interviewed declared they were in favour of developing the airport which they considered fundamental or useful.

There were no significant differences between the residents of the various municipal areas (91% Florence, 82% Prato, 92% Pistoia and 77% in the other municipal areas in the Plain), mainly because of the economic development of the area (34%), tourism (32%), but also because of the importance it holds for a city like Florence (12%) and job possibilities (7%).  Everyone backed the idea of a better airport. Over half those interviewed (a representative sample of Florence, Prato, Pistoia and the 4 municipal areas of the Plain), exactly 50.8%, considered that a larger airport is fundamental, without which there is no possibility of developing the area.  In addition to these, others interviewed considered definite consolidation of the airport very useful (thus arriving at a total of 88% of those in favour). Those who considered growth irrelevant represent 6.3% of those interviewed, while 5.6%  considered it critical, problematical and negative.

 

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Record traffic in 2014 with over 2 million passengers

2014 A RECORD YEAR FOR AMERIGO VESPUCCI AIRPORT

2.25 MILLION PASSENGERS PASSED THROUGH THE AIRPORT DURING THE YEAR SETTING A NEW BEST-EVER RESULT.   ANNUAL GROWTH OF +13,5 %, THE FIRST ITALIAN AIRPORT UNDER 5 MILLION

 

Florence 5 January 2015 . AdF S.p.A. – 2014 proved to be a bumper year for Florence Airport, beating all records in terms of passenger traffic, both monthly (from April onwards every month beat the monthly record)  and annually. The 2 million passenger mark was surpassed, showing a 13.5% growth rate at year end.   

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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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