Fiumicino airport not ready for pilgrim traffic

Italy's civil aviation authority sounds alarm.

ENAC, Italy's civil aviation authority says that Rome's international airport will find it difficult to cope with the increase in passenger traffic expected during the special Holy Jubilee Year which opens on 8 December.

The fire in Terminal 3 last May is still having a knock-on effect. The luxury shops have not reopened and there are still only a handful of outward passport desks. Security systems for departing passengers have improved but incoming transit passengers still cross through departure lounges with few checks. There is almost no seating and there is a chronic lack of updated flight information. Departure gates in Terminal 3 can change at short notice because of insufficient parking space for incoming planes.

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On the arrivals side the bio-metric passport system in Terminal 3 is now working properly. Bus services and train services into the historic centre have been improved but the taxi rank outside Terminal 3 has disappeared because of road works and there is no information that arriving passengers should walk to Terminal 1 to pick up a white, fully-licenced cab.

However work on the new terminal, still a skeleton, has started again after years of inaction.