AGI At Elmas airport, in Southern Sardinia, you travel (also) immersed in the pages of books. It collects about a thousand volumes, including history, fiction, traditions ‘Cagliari airport library’ library inaugurated in the Elmas airport, the first in an Italian airport and among the few in Europe. In the departure lounge you can browse through books, borrow them for a month or accept an ‘exchange’, leaving the one you have finished reading and choosing an ‘unknown’ one at book sharing.
Many volumes “were donated by the publishing houses” to which the project was presented, he explained Renato Branca, managing director of Sogaer (the airport management company), during the inauguration ceremony of the space. “We will work hard so that the library becomes a meeting point and cultural exchange”, assured Branca, with reference to the shows and exhibitions that the new room will be able to host.
Air traffic resumes after the collapse of 2020
After a difficult year for air traffic due to the pandemic, which marked in 2020 “a -75% compared to 2019 “he recalled Alessio Quaranta, general manager of Enac, “and -98% between March and May 2020, for some weeks there has been a recovery in traffic”. The open library in an airport represents a “positive message for the restart”, he added, hoping that “other realities’ follow this example”. The ‘birthright’ at the national level was highlighted by theregional councilor for tourism Gianni Chessa: “We have to get used to being the first, we promote uniqueness, we have to start again from our culture, traditions, and from reading”.
“The library”, recalled Laura Fortuna, of the Siotto Foundation, “is open every day from 11 to 13”.