The transport sector, which is strongly linked to economic performance, both on an international level and in individual geographic areas, continues to strengthen its positive performance. This growth trend, which began in 2015, is affecting both passenger and freight mobility.
Passenger transport saw marked increases in the air travel industry, with approximately 164 million passengers transported in 2016, corresponding to a rise of +4.7% on the previous year.
Motorway traffic also rose in the lightweight vehicle component, up to approximately 49 billion vehicle-km, an increase of 3.5% (January-September 2016). In maritime transport, 11.4 million passengers passed through Italian ports in 2016, according to the latest estimates, an increase of 2.7% compared to 2015.
The air travel sector saw particularly strong growth in freight transport, with a 7.1% rise in the number of tonnes transported in comparison to 2015, confirming the trend recorded in recent years.
Motorway traffic also rose in the heavy vehicle component, which recorded an increase of 4% (January-September 2016) with about 14 billion vehicle-km.
Container shipping in the main Italian seaports remained stable, with approximately 20 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit).
The logistics sector also grew, with a forecast turnover of around 81 billion Euros, an increase of 1.8% compared to 2015.
FS Italiane as an integrated system company
The new Industrial Plan spans the next 10 years, so as to adequately follow the major infrastructure projects underway, exploit the FS Italiane Group's extensive experience in the transport sector and develop strong roots for the evolution of the various Group companies in an extremely dynamic market and socio-economic environment.
This "acceleration" is particularly rapid and dynamic in the mobility sector: for example, the success of recent phenomena such as Uber, BlaBlaCar, FlixBus, the evolving new technologies and the initiatives undertaken by the high-tech companies in the transport sector.
In this context, the Industrial Plan 2017-2026 portrays the FS Italiane Group as a gateway to the mobility ecosystem, undertaking integration and coopetition, that means that all players and modes of collective transport gather.
To this end, alongside the heavy investments in new rolling stock that have already been made, the Group has also begun renovating 450 trains in regional rail services and purchasing 3,000 buses in order to significantly increase quality, as an essential element for supporting modal shift.
FS Italiane aims to be the system company that will implement integrated and sustainable mobility and logistics services, making use of transport infrastructures in synergy, and creating value in Italy and abroad.
Integrated logistics: the key elements of the relaunch of freight business
Intermodal rail transport is growing faster than any other freight transport sector and in particular conventional freight transport by rail. This year, the FS Group has therefore invested in setting up the Polo Mercitalia hub (January 2017), as a grouping of companies in the Group that operate in the freight and logistics fields. Since January 2017, it has been operating to relaunch the FS Group's freight business, developing integrated goods transport and logistics services that make the most of transport by rail