Our history

Driven by curiosity and openness to new horizons we have grown thanks to the push of new acquisitions.

1950

In 1950, IRI (Institute for Industrial Reconstruction) established a company named Autostrade Concessioni e Costruzioni SpA. In 1956 Autostrade enters into agreement with ANAS to co-finance, build and operate the Autostrada del Sole between Milan and Naples. The motorway is opened in 1964. Between 1962 and 1968, the Company was granted the concession to build and operate further motorways.

1999

In 1999 Autostrade was privatized. IRI was succeeded by a stable nucleus of shareholders led by Edizione (investment holding founded and controlled by the Benetton family).

2003

In 2003 the infrastructure assets operated under concession were separated from the non-motorway businesses, resulting in the establishment of Autostrade per l’Italia, currently 88.06% owned by Atlantia (then Autostrade SpA), a holding company listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.

2005

Since 2005 onwards, Atlantia began a process of geographical diversification by acquiring the management of approximately 2,000 km of toll motorway in Brazil, Chile, India and Poland.

2013-2016

Atlantia entered the airport infrastructure sector in 2013, acquiring the two airports of Rome (Fiumicino and Ciampino). The Group expanded its presence in the airports sector in 2016, acquiring Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, the company that controls the airports of Nice, Cannes-Mandelieu and Saint Tropez.

2017-2018

With the acquisition of Abertis started in 2017 and finalized in October 2018, Atlantia is the world leader in transport infrastructures and integrated transport-related payment systems with a presence in 23 countries. In 2018, Atlantia acquired the 15.5% of Getlink, holding that manages the Eurotunnel in the English Channel. Throughout 2020, Atlantia though Abertis Infrastrucuras acquires the 53.1% of Red de Carreteras de Occidente in Mexico and the 55.2% of the Elizabeth River Crossing in the United States.

2021

The year 2021 was marked by a profound transformation that defined the course of the new Atlantia. On 12 March 2021, Atlantia unveiled its new lines of strategic development, which see innovation and sustainability as key pillars of its business plan. Also in March 2021, Atlantia participated in a private placement of the German company Volocopter, world leader in the commercialization of innovative and sustainable Urban Air Mobility solutions, bringing a full-scale model of VoloCity, the urban passenger transport drone, to Italy for the first time in November together with Aeroporti di Roma. In June 2021, it launched in collaboration with SDA Bocconi "Mobius," the first Smart Mobility Lab in Europe to study and research new trends and forms of mobility. In October, it announced the new 10Days4 active citizenship model, through which employees can devote up to 10 paid days to non-profit social activities. In December Atlantia announced its entry into the We-Economy, a new employee compensation model that is even more transparent, fair and inclusive, positioning itself as one of the first companies in Italy to implement this paradigm. During the year Atlantia was included in the MIB ESG Sustainability Index, Euronext Eurozone 120, GLIO/GRESB Index, and confirmed in the FTSE4Good and ECPI Indexes. It rose in the MSCI ESG, Moody's ESG, and GRESB ratings.

2022

On 17 January 2022 Atlantia signed a contract with the Siemens Group to acquire Yunex Traffic, one of the most important global players in the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) sector. The deal was a key step forward in implementing strategic development guidelines in new areas adjacent and synergic to the core sectors in which Atlantia is already a leader. At the end of January 2022, Atlantia was included, for the first time, in Bloomberg's Gender Equality Index. On 4 March 2022, it took part to a new financing round in Volocopter. On 5 May 2022, it took place the closing for the sale of the entire stake held in Autostrade per l'Italia to the consortium formed by CDP Equity S.p.A., The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP, and Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6 SCSp. At the end of June 2022, there was the closing of the acquisition of Yunex Traffic, global leader in Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Mobility with infrastructure and platforms for managing traffic flows and urban mobility in more than 600 cities on 4 continents, welcoming 3,000 employees within the Group.