Rome Fiumicino Airport will develop direct high-speed rail links with It

Passengers will be able to check in their baggage at major train stations in Italy before boarding in Rome.

Italy’s national railways and Rome airport management company on Thursday signed an agreement to develop integrated ways to link rail and air transport for passengers passing through Fiumicino airport.

The ambitious plans include direct high-speed rail services between Rome airport and Naples to the south, as well as the acceleration of current rail services between Fiumicino and Florence, Bologna and Pisa to the north of the Italian capital.

The direct rail link would mean that incoming travelers could reach Fiumicino by train without having to take a connection from the capital, bypassing Termini station.

The agreement between Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and Aeroporti di Roma (AdR) also provides for air passengers to carry out check-in operations – including their baggage – directly at the stations connected to Fiumicino.

The airport station would increase its existing three tracks to five, along with plans to develop new rail links through S. Pietro and with the port of Civitavechia.

Marco Troncone, CEO of Aeroporti di Roma, described the deal as “a true train-to-air intermodal offer, which reinforces Fiumicino’s role as a smart hub” and makes it “more ready for the recovery of tourism and, more generally, for a future of growth.”

The Mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, hailed the “strategic forward-looking” plans that “allow us to act in synergy, to better seize opportunities of extraordinary importance such as Jubilee 2025 and the challenge of ‘Expo 2030’.

Gualtieri’s remarks were echoed by Lazio region president Nicola Zingaretti, who said the deal represents “a further step forward in strengthening rail links and improving Fiumicino airport, Italy’s most important gateway to the world”.

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Jose P. Rogers