The airports company of Rome ADR is to stop using its automatic baggage handling facility at Fiumicino from midnight on 31 December, resulting in widespread disruption to those travelling through the airport.

The decision to switch off the equipment, which is capable of handling 6,000 bags per hour, was taken over non-payment for the service by certain airlines, in particular its principal user Alitalia.

The top-of-the-range Net 6000 baggage sorting facility was installed in July 2010 at a cost of