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Venice Marco Polo airport opening new water terminal

by Barbara Ganz

A meeting point between the water on which Venice lives and the air: the new Water terminal has been inaugurated at the Marco Polo airport. It is a 5,000-square-meter building at the northeast side of the dock that just like a large comb, with 24 berths (including a pontoon reserved for users with reduced mobility) welcomes the flow of passengers arriving via water. Beginning on Thursday, November 10, the new structure is open to the public together with the Moving Walkway, the pedestrian path that can be accessed via two escalators and three elevators: 365 meters of a raised and air-conditioned connecting structure that, thanks to the walkways, enables one to reach the multi-floored parking garage and passenger terminal in ten minutes.

The two works, for a €33-million investment, are part of the 2012-2021 Airport Plan, according to the program contract signed between SAVE (the airport operator) and ENAC, (the Civil Aviation Authority) at the end of 2012: from 2013 €250 million has been invested and another €550 will follow.

In addition to the trigeneration plant (worth €20 million) and the new barracks for the Finance Police and Firemen just completed, other works are in the implementation and planning phase. “The infrastructures are a fundamental growth factor for a country, and the airports produce wealth for the entire territory,” said Enrico Marchi, the President of SAVE, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, the Regional Councillor for Transport, Elisa De Berti, the President of ENAC, Vito Riggio, and the Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Graziano Delrio.

“The new spaces,” continued Marchi, “add value and improve services to passengers. Today marks the first of a long series of inaugurations that, within 2021, will change the face of the airport: projects and construction sites coexist alongside the normal activity of the Marco Polo in a process that characterizes our reality as one of the most active and lively in the economic panorama of the Northeast.”

“This country has a logistics deficit that costs businesses from between €12 and €40 billion per year. If we had Germany’s structure, we would be Europe’s leading manufacturer,” said Delrio, who has asked for - and obtained - confirmation of the May 2017 deadline for the delivery of the first expansion phase of the terminal.

Marchi thanked him back for reducing the tax on airplane tickets. The Airport plan proceeds on time, emphasized the President of SAVE - “and despite the fact that large works have often been opportunities even in this region for immoral behavior, I would like to point out that this company, one of the main players in the Northeast’s infrastructural development, has never had anything to do with reprehensible or objectionable conduct.”