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Flying had been taking place in Bergamo since 1911, when the first airfield was opened in Osio Sotto, and to which, during the war years, other small airfields were added, until an airport was opened at Orio al Serio in 1939, exclusively for military aims.
1970 signalled an important phase; civil activity was finally added to the military activity of Orio airport, with the first commercial flight on 21st March 1972. From that moment of understandable satisfaction, the second phase in the history of Orio commenced: a long journey which saw the Bergamask airport experience periods with all kinds of difficulties, mostly due to factors outside the wishes and activities of the management company.
Only the perseverance and continuous support from the promoters and persons representing these organisations permitted the survival of the airport during these years, which was often on the edge of closure.
One of the aspects that makes the Orio al Serio airport interesting is its location in the centre of Lombardy, one of the regions with the greatest density of companies and commercial activities in Europe.
The airport is only 5 km from Bergamo and 45km from Milan, and is situated in the heart of the most interesting tourist area of north Italy. There are many ski resorts for the winter season, the lakes for the summer season and many historic towns, well worth visiting, only a short distance away.
Lombardy has more than 9 million inhabitants and at least 5 million of those gravitate towards the airport catchment area.

In 2001, thanks to the high standard of service achieved in the last few years, the airport obtained the passenger sector Quality Certificate from the TUV organisation and attracted the attention of the low cost airlines.

In 2002, allured by the importance of the airport structure and the speed of supplying services, the number of low cost airlines increased, causing an exponential increase in traffic.
The growth of Orio al Serio from 2002 also involved the regional airlines, more directed towards business traffic. They increased their traffic and confirmed their interest, encouraged also by the innovative security systems available at the airport.

Orio has also been strengthening its position in the Cargo / Courier sector for several years. It is currently the 3rd Italian airport for the volume of cargo transported and is in continuous and constant growth.

In 2003 the airport of Milan - Orio al Serio celebrated the historic record of 2,844,379 passengers and 128,687 tonnes of cargo transported. These figures place the airport in 9th position in the classification of Italian airports for the number of passengers and 3rd for cargo.
If we consider the classification for “units of traffic”, that is the sum of the number of passengers with the tonnes of cargo transported (100 kg of cargo corresponds to 1 passenger), the airport is in 7th position among Italian airports, reaching in 2003 a total value of 4,131,249.

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  • Copyright: paolo ardiani (pione) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 214 W: 4 N: 244] (2031)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2005-02-00
  • Categories: Vie quotidienne
  • Exposition: f/4, 1/100 secondes
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2005-08-02 4:31
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