Air transport, the cycle of Adl Aviation Talks kicks off: focus on the Italian airport system

Air transport the cycle of Adl Aviation Talks kicks off

(Finance) – The cycle of ADL AVIATION TALKS with the first meeting dedicated to Italian airport system, entitled: The FUTURE OF ITALIAN AIRPORTS. “With this series of meetings, we intend to offer a contribution to the discussion and search for solutions for a strategic sector for our economy”, says Xavier Caldani, Chief Executive Officer of Arthur D. Little. Francesco Marsella, Managing Partner of Arthur D. Little, today discussed strategies and investments to accelerate the transformation of the sector with: Alessio Quaranta, General Manager of Enac, Armando Brunini, AD SEA Aeroporti di Milano, Emilio Bellingardi, General Manager of Milan Airport -Bergamo, Renato Branca, AD Cagliari-Elmas Airport.

“2022 confirms the recovery trend in traffic, with the possibility of doubling the volume of last year, preparing to exceed 150 million passengers, and promising a return to pre-pandemic levels by 2023. This scenario brings back to general attention the issues of capacity crunch, further aggravated by a volatility in demand that put the entire European system under pressure this summer “, said Francis Marsella. “Italy has reacted better than comparable countries thanks to a solid and widespread airport network and adequate planning of the resources used – he reiterates Alessio FortyDirector General of ENAC – The refreshments provided by the Government through ENAC and the redundancy fund for workers in the sector were also decisive, added the DG, which contributed to a faster recovery compared to other countries ”.

“We continued to invest even during the pandemic, as per the ENAC program agreement, and today we are in a position to accompany the recovery of traffic volumes”, he added Armando Brunini in his speech. Regarding the sustainable development of airport capacity, Emilio Bellingardi he reiterated: “I believe that one of the development keys of the system can be represented by investments to optimize the approach and take-off phases in order to make airport capacity fully available and minimize the impact on the local community”.

“In this period of recovery, some changes in supply and demand have emerged that could become structural – underlines Francesco Marsella – such as the increase in medium-range point-to-point links operated by Low Cost Carrier equal to +16 pp, a visible decrease in business traffic included in a range between -10% and -30% and a further boost to digitization ”.
These changes could suggest to the Regulator and the airport management companies respectively to rethink the structure of the airport network and introduce significant changes to the business model.

“The Italian system can count on a large network of more than 40 airports that can represent an important reserve of capacity for Italy and Europe, if included within an organic plan of growth and enhancement, also with exploitation of the “regional network” effect, as also evidenced by the National Airport Plan that ENAC presented to the Minister of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility and which combines rationalization of the system and protection of the environment ”, says Alessio Quaranta.

“In addition to the network effect, in order to improve traffic development, it is however essential that the airports are efficiently connected to the ground transport system, this will make it possible to enhance the attractiveness of the territory and therefore of the airport”, he argues. Renato Branch. “The decrease in business traffic is real even if we have yet to understand the size when fully operational, but in the face of this there has been a compensation of passengers leisure which generated an increase in non-aviation revenues, given their greater propensity to spend ”, says Armando Brunini.

“We have noticed a recovery in business traffic driven by the need to reconnect supply chains productive delocalized to restart all segments of the global supply chain “, says Emilio Bellingardi It emerges strongly from today’s debate that the future of aviation will revolve around increasing capacity, digitization, operational efficiency and reduction ofenvironmental impact.
“The financing of this massive transformation, however, is part of a picture deteriorated by the pandemic crisis – highlights Francesco Marsella – which has led to a 52% increase in the global debt of the entire ecosystem, in just two years. It is therefore evident that this transformation can take place more quickly if accompanied by appropriate support “.

Alessio Quaranta reiterates how aviation, and airports in particular, are a key sector of our economy for their contribution to GDP and for the multiplier effect on induced activities and employment, and therefore deserving of the utmost attention and institutional support.
“Support for the ecological and digital transition are the 2 spending chapters where the PNRR it can better support the airport system ”, concludes Armando Brunini. Following today’s lively debate, we remind you that the second appointment of the ADL Aviation Talks, scheduled for October, will focus on Green Aviationwhile the third will deal with Advanced Air Mobility in November.