17 December 2015
Leonardo da Vinci becomes the only airport in the European Union to host all the main Chinese companies

Fiumicino, 17 December 2015 – China Southern Airlines lands in Fiumicino. As of today, it is possible to reach Guangzhou (Canton), via Wuhan, with three flights a week. Both cities have a strategic position in terms of logistics and business: Guangzhou, the largest coastal city in southern China, with almost 13 million inhabitants, is the third most populated and important city after Shanghai and Beijing. The Canton route to Australia leaves from here, with the new Boeing B787 Dreamliner. Wuhan, with more than 9 million inhabitants, is considered the  “Chinese Chicago”: all the most economically dynamic areas - Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing - are within an 1100 km radius and can be reached in just an hour and a half by plane.

In 2014, China Southern - the first Chinese civilian airline company to reach this milestone - transported more than 100 million passengers, reaching the top position in Asia and third place worldwide.

There are now thirty weekly flights connecting the Leonardo da Vinci airport to Greater China: 6 companies operating towards 7 Chinese destinations - connected directly, in addition to Hong Kong and Taiwan. The airport is therefore confirmed as the top European airport, together with Charles De Gaulle in Paris, in terms of the number of Chinese cities reached by direct flights, and the only airport in the European Union hosting all the major airline companies. This record ensures direct accessibility from Rome to all the major Chinese cities hosting the Italian consular diplomatic network, including the city of Chongqing, where Italy has opened a General Consulate, and confirms Fiumicino's leadership in this market segment, as well as the attraction of Rome and its airport for passengers coming from the Far East.

Aeroporti di Roma, a company of Gruppo Atlantia, manages the airports of Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino, and conducts other collateral activities for airport facility management. Fiumicino operates four passenger terminals. It is dedicated to business and leisure flights to and from national, international and intercontinental destinations; Ciampino is mainly dedicated to low-cost airlines, express couriers and General Aviation activities. In 2014, the ADR airports system recorded around 44 million passengers, with over 230 destinations worldwide that can be reached from Rome thanks to the 100 airline companies operating from the two airports.

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