Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) has opened a new Airport Operations Centre (APOC) at Rome Fiumicino International Airport.
During the inauguration on 24 November, the CEO of Aeroporti di Roma Marco Troncone and the Chief Aviation Officer Ivan Bassato, explained the objectives that led to the construction of this infrastructure as an example of “technological innovation, intended to revolutionise the approach of airport operations”. Work on the project started in 2016 and it has been designed as part of the European SESAR initiative (Single European Sky ATM Research), which aims to improve Air Traffic Management (ATM) performance.
Constructed with a total investment of over €20 million, partly financed by the European Union, the APOC occupies an area of approximately 1,900sqm and is equipped with state-of-the-art technological systems, designed to guarantee operational continuity even in the event of disruption and any cyber security attacks.
With 16 control rooms and 112 workstations, the APOC has a single work area, in which the main stakeholders of the airport will be able to work side by side and efficiently manage all the actions necessary for the correct execution of the operation of the airport. In the APOC, the flow of aircraft, the flow of passengers inside and outside the terminals as well as the management of baggage in the two sorting systems will be controlled in real time. The new operations centre will ensure that planning and efficiency of airport operations is optimised and it will ensure the fast response to unforeseen events.
Marco Troncone, CEO, Aeroporti di Roma, said: “As of today, Fiumicino takes a further step forward in the path towards the airport of the future: the new APOC integrated control centre, equipped with the best technologies, will allow for an even more effective and greater resilience of airport operations. The technological component will enhance the human factor, as a sign of integration and coordination between all airport operators, which will be able to synergistically manage and monitor all the main processes, from flight operations to the management of passenger and baggage flows. An important result in the framework of the Aeroporti di Roma strategy based on excellence in the quality and safety of services, sustainability and innovation.”