Leonardo Da Vinci Airport achieves eGate success

18/07/19

Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci airport has hailed been hailed as an example of progress after it became the first Italian airport to install new digital passport control equipment.

The eGates are the result of the close collaboration between Aeroporti di Roma and the Ministry of the Interior - Central Immigration Directorate and the Border Police - which together conceived the project, reported local media this week. 

It is also among the first in Europe both in terms of number of nationalities authorized to use electronic gates, both for the percentage of eGate users on the total number of passengers at passport control. 

The Leonardo da Vinci airport has installed 51 machines at the airport, with 23 at arrivals, 24 at departures, 4 for transits. Of these, more than half are authorized for passengers of non-EU nationalities, in particular: United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, South Korea, Japan and from 2019 also Israel and Taiwan.Thanks to this innovation, today 44% of passengers check passports at Fiumicino using eGate . 

With electronic gates the time for border checks is a total of 20 seconds (against an average of 1 minute for traditional checks) . 

In 2018, around 5 million passengers used eGates at Fiumicino, of which approx.1.3 million of non-European nationalities. In 2019, to June 16, more than 2.5 million passengers transited, of which one third was of non-European nationality. A real boom that has marked * + 48% compared to the same period of the previous year *; a continuously improving figure that in 2019 could exceed 6 million passengers who will use electronic control. 

An investment in digital technology that was highly appreciated by travelers who were able to use the service . 

According to the independent surveys carried out by ACI - Airport Council International, the international association of airports that measures the perceived quality in over 250 airports around the world through interviews with passengers - even in 2018, Fiumicino is confirmed as the number one large EU airports in the view of travelers.

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