A record-breaking 2014 for the airports of Pisa and Florence that jointly constitute Italy’s fourth largest airport hub, with over 7 million passengers. In recent months, the management company that oversees the two airports is implementing a project to integrate the two terminals, making Tuscany a reference point for air connections to and from Italy, especially given its central position in Italy. Pisa’s “Galileo Galilei” registered a traffic increase of 4.6%, bringing the number of transiting passengers to approximately 4.7 million. If international traffic remains the most relevant sector, accounting for more than 3 million passengers, it should be noted that in 2014 national traffic showed a more sustained growth (close to 8%). During the summer, Pisa’s airport counted eighteen active companies that comprehensively covered about eighty destinations. A very significant recovery also for cargo: the resuming of DHL’s operations and shipping by the stone industry led to surpassing 8 million tons of merchandise and mail.
With 13.5% increase in the volume of passengers in 2014, Florence’s “Amerigo Vespucci” airport registered the largest expansion on the national territory, and surpassed 2.2 million passengers in transit: the new routes (37 destinations were reached last summer) and the use of more spacious aircraft by the active companies were the factors driving this performance. The Florence-Paris connection (Charles de Gaulle and Orly) is the most popular, and the Spanish Vueling is the largest company operating in the Tuscan capital. These are important results for Florence, especially as the airport prepares for an additional revamping with the new infrastructural interventions (first among them the new passenger terminals and a new 2,400 m runway) for which 150 million in investments have been programmed.
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