From today, Monday, May 4, 2020, the airports of Rome Ciampino Airport and Florence Airport Peretola are fully operational again, after the long lockdown of the past weeks. Instead, numerous uncertainties remain on the near future of the Milanese airports, for which there is still no news on the possible reopening.
In coincidence with the start of the phase 2 that should allow the restart of many productive activities following the period of closure imposed due to the emergency situation, the Minister Paola De Micheli has signed the measure for the reopening of the second Roman airport and the Amerigo Vespucci airport of Florence Peretola. The operation of the two airports begins today, as requested by the National Civil Aviation Authority, in order to meet the increased traffic needs.
It also wants to be a method to test a new passenger screening system. When we return to travel, in fact, it is now certain that we will find many new features. Currently, for example, the Rome Ciampino airport has reorganized the spaces to ensure social distancing between passengers, as well as adding new information totems and sanitizing all areas at risk. Sanitizing gel dispensers and plexiglass barriers have also been installed at check-in.
Despite the decision of the Minister of Transport, the two airports will still see traffic restrictions. Air cab services and private flights are guaranteed, but many of the airlines serving the airports do not yet have flights scheduled for this week. It is plausible, moreover, that for the first few periods there will still be limitations on international traffic, with gradual recovery instead of domestic connections.
The measure to reopen the airports of Rome Ciampino and Florence Airport Peretola also provides for several new features regarding rail transport. In fact, some new long distance connections have been added in order to ensure the minimum essential services. Also on board the trains will be in force security measures aimed at ensuring social distancing, thus reducing the number of passengers who will be able to use the service.
There is, however, still no news about the reopening of the Milan Linate airport. The Lombard airport is the main Italian airport for general and business aviation, so the choice to privilege the reopening of the airports of Rome Ciampino and Florence Peretola has caused some controversy.