Infrastructure planning and upgrading is an essential prerequisite for maintaining constant levels of safety and high quality standards in airports. The evolution of traffic flows and of aircrafts mandates for the implementation of appropriate programming tools allowing verification practices, highlighting possible deviations from desired objectives and identifying correct actions to be taken.

Territorial Plans and airport Master Plans are therefore considered as strategies of regional interest.Their main purpose is to outline guidelines for the development of different structures, making policy choices in order to avoid risky decisions and meet – in technically and economically feasible terms – the expected transport demand, consistent with environmental protection requirements.

These guidelines are a clear reference to the proper and coordinated development of structures in the short term, while in the medium-long term they may eventually be rescheduled, according to current volumes of traffic and to potential economic and financial stakeholders’ needs.
Particular attention is paid to:

  • The ability to achieve and increase integration between different transport systems, meeting the needs of users in the most cost effective way;
  • The creation of intermodal nodes in which the airport continues to play an essential and complementary role with other transport modes.

The developed planning tool is focused on aspects related to airport’s expansion, both for aviation activities and for collateral operations, thus tracing functional best practices across the airport’s area.
The need to create conditions for better infrastructural airports in Bari and Brindisi, has paved the way for the adoption of AdP strategic planning tools, which can meet development demands and will be implemented taking into consideration environmental care according to strict compatibility and sustainability regulations.
The first fundamental action was the “Master Plan of the Puglia Airport System” (MPA), devised and published by Aeroporti di Puglia in collaboration with ENAC, the Civil Aviation Authority. Its general guidelines, as approved by the AdP, were fully accepted and brought into the Regional Transport Plan.

Global territorial plans for the airports of Bari and Brindisi, to be implemented by relevant municipalities through a variant of the General Plan, are the natural evolution of this process. Territorial authorities, considering and following guidelines expressed by existing planning instruments according to airports’ operational needs, are in charge of planning and executing construction works in a coordinated manner. 

Particularly important is the airport of TARANTO GROTTAGLIE, which will become an infrastructure of European level in the field of aeronautics research and development, as well as an industrial aerospace production center.

This is part of an ongoing infrastructural expansion project taking into account needs expressed by industrial partners involved in an ambitious program, in line with the Apulian Aerospace Technological District program.

According to the strategic importance that aviation industry and aerospace research and experimentation play in Italy, the National Airports Plan has ranked the airport of Taranto Grottaglie as “of national interest”, that is an integrated logistic platform in support of local and national research and industrial development.