Riviera airport in northwest Italy is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. The milestone is commemorated with a book titled 'Cento Anni al Volo' (100 Years in Flight), which will chronicle the airport's fascinating history and its evolution over the past century. Dubai-headquartered Hadid International Services is a major international flight support company that oversees aviation services at the airport, including ground support and concierge services, while assisting in marketing activities and operating the modern luxury FBO under the name Hadid Riviera.
Riviera airport is located in the town of Villanova d'Albenga, in the Italian province of Savona. The airport is used primarily for private aircraft and helicopters and is exclusive to general and business aviation. Originally named after WW1 hero Clemente Panero, it served as a military airbase and became a civilian airport after World War II. In the late 1970s it expanded into the freight sector, aiding the transportation of the flowers of western Liguria, but also into scheduled flights connecting to Rome and other summer destinations such as Corsica and Sardinia
In 2016, it was renamed Riviera airport as part of its privatisation and efforts to attract affluent travellers and executives flying by private jet to Monaco and other destinations on the French-Italian Riviera. Its recent renovations and expansion projects include the airport's partnership with Hadid to renovate the FBO, creating a new luxury terminal with amenities such as a VIP lounge, private conference rooms and a full service business centre. Furthermore, the board of Riviera airport recently presented Italy's aviation authority ENAC with a project to improve the aeronautical infrastructure; a new hangar, enlarged apron and extended runway. This project reflects the shareholders' aspirations to elevate the airport strategically for the coming decade, while establishing itself firmly as the premier point of entry to Monaco.
The book will include photographs and stories from the airport's past, as well as information about the current state of the airport, including its recent renovations and expansion projects.
"We are delighted to be a part of this historic moment for Riviera airport," says Hadid chairman Mohamad Hadid. “At Hadid Riviera, we have the privilege of operating an exclusive, world class facility in a beautiful location and serving remarkable people. Hadid looks forward with Riviera airport to the next chapter in its history and development. We encourage anyone with the means to experience Riviera airport for themselves as a perfect alternative entry point to Monaco and the Cote d'Azur.”
Airport shareholder and vice president Clemens Toussaint adds: "We want to invest, build hangars and transform this place into a major hub for general aviation and private aviation. Piaggio, an important Italian aircraft manufacturer, is located at our runway, and there is significant traffic from private jets on the Italian and French Riviera, so we want to position ourselves as an alternative. Our airport is relatively unknown, but it is located at the intersection of three countries, Italy, France and Monaco, and we are discussing future developments. We intend to position the airport as the gateway to Monaco, taking advantage of the proximity and the short flight time to the principality by helicopter."