Our history

The history of the capital’s airports begins in 1916, the year in which Ciampino “Giovan Battista Pastine” Airport was inaugurated in Via Appia, for airships and military purposes until 1947.

It was the capital’s only airport until 15 January 1961, when the “Leonardo da Vinci” international airport was inaugurated.

With respect to the original project, the extensions carried out were noteworthy and transformed the original structure, making it the first Rome airport project in continuous evolution.

On 12 February 1974, with the founding of Aeroporti di Roma all the activities were assigned to a sole handler, which became a sole concessionaire for the management and development of the capital’s airport system.

In more recent years, in July 1997 to be exact, the privatization of Aeroporti di Roma S.p.A, was initiated by putting 45% of the share capital on the market with both a public offering and private placement, for Italian and foreign institutional investors. Privatization was completed in 2000, with the divestment of shares held by the state.

Over the years the many development and modernization interventions at the two airports, have permitted ADR to respond effectively to the increase in the volume of traffic.

In 2019, ADR recorded, as an airport system, 49.4 million passengers with over 240 destinations worldwide that can be reached from Rome, thanks to the approximately 100 airlines operating in the two airports (In 2020, following the effects induced by Covid-19 on air transport, Fiumicino airport recorded just 9.8 million passengers, whilst Ciampino airport closed the year with 1.6 million passengers). In 2020 the Airports Council International Europe awarded Leonardo da Vinci the "Best Airport Award 2020". For the third consecutive year, Leonardo da Vinci was confirmed first place out of the European hubs with over 40 million passengers. The award is added to the recognition of Airports Council International World which, in 2020, for the third consecutive year, awarded Leonardo da Vinci the "Airport Service Quality 2019" award as the most popular airport in Europe amongst the hubs with more than 40 million passengers. ADR's management capacity is also confirmed by the awards received in 2019 by Skytrax, the main international rating and assessment company in the airport sector, which confirmed the 4 Skytrax stars obtained by Fiumicino in 2017.

“Leonardo da Vinci” is the “main hub airport” for scheduled and charter international and intercontinental traffic. Rome Ciampino Giovan Battista Pastine Airport is instead, the airport for low cost traffic, “express courier” goods and General Aviation traffic (state, humanitarian and civil defence flights).