Serving a wide area, the Airport of Salento is the gateway to a territory with a strong tourist vocation. As the main driver of the transport system throughout its provinces, this airport plays an important role because of its close connection with the nearby harbor: seaport and airport are effectively a single reality. This is an easily accessible airport at the highest level, allowing Brindisi to achieve levels of excellence in terms of intermodal transport systems. A soon to be open Metrobus connection between the airport and the railway network will make transfers easier.
Thanks to a well-designed expansion plan, these great achievements received adequate technical support, and the Salento hub is now one of Italy’s national interest airports included in the National Airports Plan. The new airport plan provides for new AVL plants on the two runways, and a new control tower. Construction works are underway to expand aircrafts parking apron and boarding lounges. About 1500mq will be dedicated to the above mentioned areas, with additional 3 gates located on the first floor of the terminal, while another ramp will lead to car parks, easily accessible from arrivals and departures (land side area).
The main purpose of construction works was to improve service standards, as well as airport’s operations and functionality. Expansion was obtained with the addition of new buildings along the four sides of the former terminal, a new floor on the long sides and two floors over the court.
Façades share a streamlined and uncompromising solution, suggesting open space looks. A new support structure was introduced, with tubular steel triangular portals and cross-pillars alternated with high tech stainless steel mesh.
This type of façade, with better microclimate control and improved environmental comfort, allows for a power reduction of about 30%. Thus, in addition to a strong characterization of the building, the very idea of “location” has been emphasized, that is not only as a hasty passage, but also a place to meet people and exchange experiences.
A large aluminum canopy helps draw the line along the entire street façade, allowing protection from sun or rain at arrivals and departures. Technical requirements adopted for the project were all aimed at building a secure, efficient and pleasant experience for all users, travelers and visitors as well.
Before the recent revamping, access roads to the terminal, car parking and bus stations were totally inadequate, and most of all underestimated if compared with 2007-2017 traffic forecasts. Approach to terminals and car parking was rationalized, creating a ring road system and allowing greater fluidity and a better distribution in terms of functional traffic ranking. Road sidewalks and parking spaces have been turned into green areas, following a precise landscape project using locally sourced plants, bushes and trees.