RESTYLING WORK on the terminal at Bologna Airport, Italy is due to begin by the end of the year and should be completed in 2012. It is intended as a stopgap measure to last the airport – currently handling around 5mppa – until 2020, when a brand new terminal is to be built. The €22 million project aims to transform the terminal’s interior to provide a better passenger experience.
The ground floor will be reconfigured and enlarged to 215,285sq ft (20,000m2) to improve passenger flows through check-in and arrivals, and 12 self-service check-in kiosks will be made available. The first floor will be slightly enlarged to allow for new security channels (ten in total), and a larger shopping mall will be created at the expense of the departure lounge – though gate areas will be bigger. There will also be eight extra Schengen gates. The baggage handling system is also being upgraded so that the airport can handle 8mppa. Marco Finelli