Euro 2020: Up to 1,000 fans allowed to travel from Italy to London for final

Italy's football federation (FIGC) said up to 1,000 fans will be able to travel from Italy to London for Sunday's Euro 2020 final, following a deal struck with British authorities.

Euro 2020: Up to 1,000 fans allowed to travel from Italy to London for final
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Italy will play England, who reached their first final in 55 years after beating Denmark on Wednesday night.

Due to strict Covid-19 quarantine requirements for visitors to Britain, supporters from outside the UK have effectively been unable to attend Italy’s past two matches at Wembley.

For the final, “British authorities have guaranteed a maximum of 1,000 people from Italy the possibility of going to London, with a series of requirements to respect” but without quarantining in the UK, the FIGC said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Supporters will arrive in London just before the 1900 GMT kick-off and will stay no longer than 12 hours.

They will use direct flights and dedicated transport organised by the FIGC.

Once inside the stadium, the travelling fans will be sat in a specific area to “guarantee the safety bubble”, it added.

Before leaving Italy, spectators will have to undergo a PCR test, and must observe a five-day quarantine at home on their return, in accordance with Italian rules for all travellers arriving from Britain.

Flights will cost 610 euros per person, with match tickets being sold for 95 euros, the federation said.

The FIGC will receive around 6,500 tickets for Italy supporters who live in the UK, the same allocation as for Tuesday’s semi-final against Spain.

Roberto Mancini’s side, who are through after a win against Spain on Tuesday, are attempting to win the country’s first European Championship title since 1968.

Last week, UEFA cancelled all tickets sold to UK-resident England fans for the quarter-final against Ukraine in Rome, after the Italian government said there would be “no exceptions” to its travel restrictions for fans and voiced concern that some may travel to Italy anyway.

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EXPLAINED: The plan to open southern Italy’s newest airport in 2024

There will be a new way for holidaymakers to reach the Amalfi Coast this year, as the nearby airport is getting a makeover and will open to commercial flights from summer 2024.

EXPLAINED: The plan to open southern Italy's newest airport in 2024

Getting to southern Italy’s sun-drenched Amalfi Coast should become a little easier from this year with the Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport set to open to commercial passengers.

The small airport, which has existed for almost 100 years but has until now been mainly used for military and private flights, is 45 kilometres (28 miles) south-east of the town of Amalfi and is expected to be an easier access point for visitors.

At the moment, most people travelling to the Amalfi Coast fly into Naples before taking a combination of trains and buses south to reach the holiday hotspot, known for its clifftop lemon groves and pastel-coloured villages.

The airport’s runway is expected to be extended to 2,200 meters by 2024, and a new passenger terminal is set to be completed by 2027.

The airport was granted permission to operate commercial flights in January, and the first flights are expected to begin from July this year.

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Spanish budget airline Volotea has already announced four services connecting Salerno Costa d’Amalfi with Cagliari, Verona and Catania in Italy and Nantes in France.

The Nantes and Cagliari flights will begin in July while Verona and Catania are scheduled to start in September.

Salento Airport’s new passenger terminal will feature photovoltaic panels on the roof. Image: AF517/Diorama via GESAC

Management says the project will continue until 2043, by which time the airport hopes to accommodate six million passengers a year.

“The new terminal, once completed, will cover an area of about 16,000 square meters and reflect the highest environmental standards both in terms of energy efficiency and the use of natural and sustainable materials, and will be equipped with a photovoltaic system for reducing CO2 emissions,” the airport’s management company, GESAC, said as it outlined the development plan.

The opening is hoped to help relieve pressure on Naples’ busy Capodichino International Airport, which had a record 12.4 million passengers in 2023.

Local tourism businesses have enthusiastically welcomed the plan, though not everyone thinks making Amalfi easier to visit is a good idea – there have long been concerns about, and attempts to limit, congestion in the highly popular destination.