At just 20 mins by helicopter and less than an hour by car from the Principality of Monaco, the currently under-development Riviera Airport in Liguria could soon be an interesting alternative to the over-crowded airports of the Côte d’Azur.
The airfield, which has a 1.5-kilometre runway and will cater to private jets and planes up to 60 tonnes at take-off, has existed in rough form for almost a century. Founded in 1922 by Italian fighter pilot Clemente Panero, it has previously been used for military and industrial aviation. Riviera Airport recently entered into a partnership with HADID International, a 35-year-old aviation logistics company.
The result is Riviera Executive Aviation, an entity dedicated to the smooth handling of all services for passengers and aircraft. “This is a unique venture we are very excited to be part of,” says company chairman Mohamad Hadid. “Riviera Airport has significant potential to become the foremost General Aviation airport in the region.”
Clemens Toussaint, the chairman of Riviera Airport, adds, “We are delighted to develop this beautiful airport on the Italian coastline together with our new partner. HADID, a leader in private aviation services, will provide all future guest services and be the cornerstone [of making] Riviera Airport a success”.
In the near future, an ultramodern airport – the first and only airport for privatised general aviation in Italy – will be built in Villanova d'Albenga. A modernised terminal, extended runaway and automatic navigation system are among just some of the planned projects.