11 February 2021
Italy’s first airport hub will be managed by the Italian Red Cross together with Rome Airports

Fiumicino airport is always at the forefront in the fight against Covid-19. In fact, the new Vaccination Centre in the Lazio Region has been up and running since this morning, the first of its kind in an Italian airport, thanks to the collaboration between Rome Airports and the Italian Red Cross, using tools that are highly innovative. The Italian Red Cross will manage the inoculation of the vaccines with their health professionals. On the first day, 400 doses of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine will be administered to healthcare workers aged between 18 and 55.

The 1,500 square metre facility, fully covered and heated, which will be able to administer up to 3,000 doses of vaccine a day when operating 24 hours a day, has been set up using part of the 22,000 square metres made available by Rome Airports at the "Leonardo da Vinci" long-stay car park, where the drive-in area for Covid-19 tests has been operating since last September, also managed by the Italian Red Cross. The vaccination centre will operate according to the guidelines to be established by the health authorities, with access by appointment only.

As for the rapid testing centre, operating in the “Arrivals” area of Terminal 3 of Fiumicino airport and subsequently the launch of the largest "drive-in" centre for rapid and molecular tests in the Lazio region, this facility was also created thanks to the profitable collaboration with Lazio Region, USMAF, the Spallanzani Institute, and the Italian Red Cross, and confirms how Rome Airports, since the beginning of the pandemic, continues to guarantee the maximum possible support to institutions and the territory. In fact, in addition to providing the location, ADR came up with the design, the internal and external installations, the paving of the area and the relative road network, the external bathrooms, the vaccination boxes and the sound system.

The Fiumicino vaccination centre will have 65 booths, 25 of which will be used for inoculating vaccines, 160 seats in the medical observation area, and a car park with around 330 spaces. The facility will also be equipped with hygienic services and a catering service will be available. The new area dedicated to the administration of vaccines is easily accessible from the Rome-Fiumicino motorway thanks to dedicated road signs and will be open seven days a week. The area with high thermal insulation is also equipped with an innovative disinfection tunnel and a temperature detection system.


Aeroporti di Roma, an Atlantia Group company, manages Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino airports and carries out other business activities relating to airport management. Fiumicino has two passenger terminals and is dedicated to business and leisure customers on national, international and intercontinental routes; Ciampino is mainly used by low-cost airlines, express-couriers and General Aviation activities. In 2019 ADR recorded, as an airport system, 49.4 million passengers with over 240 destinations worldwide reachable from Rome, thanks to approximately 100 airlines operating at the two airports (In 2020, following the effects caused by Covid-19 on air transport, Fiumicino airport recorded just 9.8 million passengers while Ciampino airport ended the year with 1.6 million passengers). In 2020, Airports Council International Europe awarded Fiumicino’s Leonardo da Vinci airport with the “Best Airport Award 2020”. For the third year running, Leonardo da Vinci airport confirmed its position as the number one European hub with over 40 million passengers. The award adds to the recognition of Airports Council International World which, in 2020, presented Leonardo da Vinci airport with the “Airport Service Quality 2019” award for the third consecutive year as Europe’s most appreciated airport among hubs with more than 40 million passengers. ADR’s management capacity is also confirmed by the awards received during 2019 from Skytrax, the leading international rating and assessment company for the airport sector, which confirmed the 4 Skytrax stars obtained by Fiumicino in 2017.



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