Taranto-Grottaglie Airport is part of the regional airport network in Apulia, in the South-east of Italy, and is managed by Aeroporti di Puglia S.p.A. (AdP) which has been carrying out significant investments, creating a range of solutions and services (hangars, office space, etc.) for companies interested in locating at the airport.
Operating mainly cargo traffic, the airport infrastructure boasts one of the longest runways in Europe (3.6 km).
In 2014, with the backing of the Italian Government, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) devised a plan to qualify the Grottaglie Airport as an integrated platform (airport, controlled airspace, systems for control and performance measurement, technological and logistical services), for testing and developing innovative technologies, products and services for the aerospace sector.
More recently, the Italian Ministry of Transport also designated Grottaglie airport as Italy’s first and only spaceport, which, based on the project assigned to ENAC for completion, will be ready for operating suborbital flights in the near future.
The sites available for greenfield investment are within the airport perimeter and have already been designated for industrial development in the Taranto-Grottaglie Aiport Development Plan 2030, which received technical approval by ENAC (National Aviation Authority) in 2016.
The Taranto-Grottaglie Airport Development Plan 2030 has received technical approval from the Italian Ministry for the Environment with regards to the assessment of the environmental impact of the renovation and new construction works to be carried out.
The Grottaglie Airport Test bed initiative generates interesting investment opportunities for key industry players, SMEs and innovative start-ups, involved in business sectors such as UAV systems, software systems and cybersecurity, who want to be located in or around a strategic airport infrastructure, offering the possibility of carrying out simulations and test trials for:
Two sites inside the Taranto-Grottaglie Airport perimeter are suitable for greenfield investments for developing new activities related to aerospace (ad es. aircraft components manufacturing), IT solutions for territory observation and data management or logistics.
Both are located in the vicinity of the current car parking area which is due for renovation and expansion.
Apulia is a dynamic region in the South East of Italy, boasting a strategic geographical position and a modern and efficient infrastructure network, which offers considerable advantages to potential investors looking for a suitable location to develop successful business initiatives within the European Union, with easy access to the emerging markets of the Near and Far East.
The Taranto-Grottaglie Airport is located 1.5 km from the town of Monteiasi, 4 km from the town of Grottaglie and 16 km from the city of Taranto, which hosts one of the largest container shipping ports in Italy and is within easy reach of the A14 Highway, one of Italy’s major arteries, running from Taranto to Bologna.
The Taranto-Grottaglie airport has been operating primarily as an infrastructure for air cargo traffic and has become, over the years, an ideal hub both for aircraft manufacturing activities as well as for test activities and experimenting new aerospace solutions.