Aeroporti di Roma, ITA Airways and Trenitalia have launched a new intermodality project – FCO Connect – which focuses on customer experience, innovation and sustainability.
The new ‘train + aeroplane’ product allows passengers to simplify their travel experience with a combined ticket and check-in at dedicated counters at the Fiumicino Airport railway station.
“The path to decarbonisation of the air transport sector must include strong service innovation, as well as technological innovation, and can bring great benefits to passengers in our country and to the Italian transport system as a whole,” said Marco Troncone, CEO, Aeroporti di Roma. “This is precisely why Aeroporti di Roma, thanks to ENAC and together with ITA Airways and Trenitalia, wanted to give top priority to this new intermodal product, which is essential for multiplying the connections for domestic passengers and making integrated rail/air travel a viable alternative. In the near future, therefore, it will be essential to ensure the availability of adequate routes to make this product simple and competitive, to guarantee a fast connection, short waiting times and dedicated assistance, check-in services ever closer to the first station of departure, and infrastructure works to ensure that Leonardo da Vinci is also connected to the south of the country.”
Passengers arriving at Fiumicino Airport by Frecciarossa or Leonardo Express, in connection with the high-speed train to Roma Termini and continuing their journey on international and intercontinental flights operated by ITA Airways (except for the USA and Israel) can check-in and leave their baggage directly at Fiumicino station and collect it at the final destination.
“Intermodality is a focal point for ITA Airways, combining the company’s values and ambitions: sustainability, innovation and the centrality of the customer, with a view to concrete participation in the development of the country system,” said Fabio Lazzerini, CEO and General Manager, ITA Airways. “The perspective in which the company is working with the main players in the national transport sector and with institutions is aimed at achieving multimodal connectivity, thanks to integration with land vehicles, creating an overall more sustainable offer. Integrated rail-air mobility, through our airport hub, will enable more efficient connectivity to and from Italian cities with international destinations. The product we are unveiling today demonstrates ITA Airways’ ability to work with the major players in the passenger transport industry to meet the diverse needs of the community and the individual customer, providing an integrated and efficient travel experience.”
The check-in service at the railway station at Fiumicino Airport will be active, on an experimental basis, for the duration of the summer aviation season.