Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) has opened a new airport operations centre (APOC) room at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy.

Covering nearly 1,900m², APOC has been built at a cost of more than $22m (€20m) and was partly funded by the European Union (EU).

The facility comprises 16 control rooms, 112 workstations, and a single work area to allow major airports’ primary stakeholders to manage all operations of the airport.

It has been equipped with advanced technologies that are claimed to ensure operational continuity, even during cybersecurity attacks and other critical issues.

The APOC will facilitate real-time monitoring of travellers both inside and outside the terminals, as well as baggage handling in the two sorting systems.

Troncone said: “From 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 an even more effective and greater resilience of airport operations.

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“The technological component will enhance the human factor, in the sign of integration and coordination between all airport operators, who will be able to manage and monitor all the main processes in a synergistic manner, from flight operations to the management of passenger and baggage flows.

“An important result within the framework of the Aeroporti di Roma strategy based on excellence in the quality and safety of services, sustainability and innovation.”

In September 2021, ADR and Rome Ciampino Airport signed an agreement with Eni to develop biofuels for the aviation industry.