Italy’s transport minister has promised a package of measures to improve the chaotic baggage-handling system at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Thousands of items accumulated at the weekend. The chaos was created by an out-of-date handling system as well as a lack of staff and insufficient investment, says Minister Alessandro Bianchi:
“We are bringing in extra staff to help distribute the luggage. We are also keeping a close watch on the conveyor belts to make sure that if there is a problem, it is spotted immediately.”
One of the four companies responsible for baggage handling has been given a month to improve its service. Bianchi dismissed a suggestion made by the head of Italy’s civil aviation authority that sabotage was to blame for the problem. He also said officials were looking at ways to free up 60 million euros for investment at Fiumicino, which up until now has been delayed.