New boarding area at Rome's Fiumicino airport

Italian premier opens non-Schengen boarding zone at Rome airport.

The new non-Schengen boarding zone E at Rome's Fiumicino airport, which can accommodate six million passengers a year, was opened by Italian premier Paolo Gentiloni on 21 December.

The new boarding pier has 22 gates, including eight on the ground floor of the area's 90,000-sqm, three-storey shopping mall which comprises 40 “Made in Italy” luxury retail outlets and ten restaurants.

The boarding area, which cost 390 million, will cater to 90 destinations outside the Schengen zone of 26 European states.

Describing the opening event as a "day of Italian pride", Gentiloni confirmed that a further €2 billion would be invested in the airport in the coming years.