Venice Marco Polo Airport

Venice Marco Polo Airport (IATA: VCE, ICAO: LIPZ) is the international airport of Venice, Italy. It is located on the mainland near the village of Tessera, a frazione of the comune of Venice located about 4.1 nautical miles (7.6 kilometres; 4.7 miles) east of Mestre (on the mainland) and around the same distance north of Venice proper. Due to the importance of Venice as a leisure destination, it features flights to many European metropolitan areas as well as some partly seasonal long-haul routes to the United States, Canada, South Korea and the Middle East. The airport handled 11,184,608 passengers in 2018,[4] making it the fourth-busiest airport in Italy. The airport is named after Marco Polo and serves as a base for Volotea, Ryanair, Wizz Air and easyJet.[5]

Venice Marco Polo Airport

Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo

Aeroporto di Venezia-Tessera
Venice Airport logo.svg
Aeroporto di Venezia - vue aerienne.jpg
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorSAVE S.p.A.
ServesVenice and Padua, Italy
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates45°30′19″N 012°21′07″E / 45.50528°N 12.35194°E / 45.50528; 12.35194 (Venice Marco Polo Airport)
VCE is located in Veneto
Location of the airport in Italy
VCE is located in Italy
VCE (Italy)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04R/22L 3,300 10,827 Asphalt
04L/22R 2,780 9,121 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passenger change 19–20Decrease 77.8%
Movements change 19–20Decrease 63.9%
Cargo change 19–20Decrease 35.7%
Source: Assaeroporti

Another airport located in the Venice area, Treviso Airport, is sometimes unofficially labelled as Venice – Treviso and mostly serves low-cost airlines, mainly Ryanair and Wizz Air.


A modern terminal was opened in 2002, but it is already at full capacity.[when?][citation needed] The airport is managed by SAVE S.p.A., a company partially owned by local authorities that also controls the smaller Treviso Airport, dedicated mainly to low-cost carriers. The airport was named after the Venetian traveller Marco Polo.



The airport terminal has three floors: the ground floor for arrivals and the second floor for departures. The departure area has 70 check-in desks and has two lounges airside for customers. The two departure lounges are the "Tintoretto Lounge" for SkyTeam customers and the "Marco Polo Room" for customers of all other companies. The third floor of the terminal has offices for the operating company and airlines. The departure gates area is separated for Schengen and non-Schengen flights.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

View of the apron
Air traffic control

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Venice:[6]

Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Thessaloniki (begins 13 June 2023)[7]
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Air Arabia Casablanca
Air Canada Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Serbia Belgrade
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Albawings Tirana
American Airlines Seasonal: Philadelphia
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Binter Canarias Seasonal: Gran Canaria
British Airways London–Heathrow
Seasonal: London–Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Dubrovnik
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK Seasonal: Atlanta
easyJet Amsterdam, Berlin, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Dubrovnik (resumes 1 July 2023),[8] Hurghada, Ibiza, Kos, Larnaca, Mykonos, Olbia, Rhodes, Sharm El Sheikh
El Al Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Emirates Dubai–International
Eurowings Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
FlyOne Chișinău (begins 19 June 2023)[9]
HiSky Chișinău
Iberia Madrid
ITA Airways Rome–Fiumicino Seasonal: Birmingham, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Luxair Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Play Seasonal: Reykjavik–Keflavík (begins 29 June 2023)[10]
Qatar Airways Doha (resumes 29 October 2023)[11]
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Alghero, Barcelona, Bari, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Catania, Copenhagen, Dublin, Fuerteventura, Helsinki, Lanzarote, Lisbon, London–Stansted, Madrid, Marseille, Naples, Nuremberg, Palermo, Santander, Stockholm–Arlanda, Vienna
Seasonal: Berlin, Brindisi, Bordeaux, Bristol, Cologne/Bonn, Edinburgh, Lamezia Terme, Manchester, Toulouse, Trapani, Zaragoza
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo (resumes 1 July 2023)[12]
SunExpress Seasonal: İzmir
Swiss International Air Lines Zurich
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia Seasonal: Nantes
TUI Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark
Volotea Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Nice
Seasonal: Asturias, Cagliari, Karpathos, Kefalonia, Lampedusa, Mykonos, Olbia, Pantelleria, Santorini, Skiathos, Zakynthos
Vueling Barcelona
Wizz Air Amman, Catania, Cluj-Napoca, Iași, Jeddah, London–Gatwick, Naples, Palermo, Prague, Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Tenerife–South, Warsaw–Chopin, Yerevan
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca, Santorini, Sharm El Sheikh


Annual passenger traffic at VCE airport. See Wikidata query.

Ground transportationEdit

The airport is connected to the nearby railway station of Venice Mestre and to the bus terminal of Piazzale Roma in Venice by scheduled bus services; to several destinations in Venice itself by Alilaguna water shuttle (Blue, Red and Orange lines); and to Piazza San Marco by the express Gold Line or water taxi. From the airport it is possible to reach:

  • Venice Piazzale Roma by ATVO (provincial company) buses[13] and by ACTV (city company) buses (route 5 aerobus);[14]
  • Venice, Lido and Murano by Alilaguna (private company) motorboats;
  • Mestre, the mainland and Venice Mestre railway station, providing connections to Milan, Padua, Trieste, Verona and the rest of Italy, by ACTV buses (route 15 and 45)[14] and ATVO buses;
  • regional destinations (Treviso, Padua, beaches ...) by ATVO buses and by Busitalia Sita Nord[15] buses (national company).

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 6 March 1967, a Short Brothers SC.7 Skyvan 2–102, operated by Soc. Aeralpi, crashed while attempting to land in bad weather, crashing into the lagoon. All 3 on board survived.[16]
  • On 14 September 1993, an Italian Air Force Piaggio PD.808 crashed while attempting to land in bad weather, killing all 3 on board.[17]
  • On 10 May 2014, an Airbus A330-200 serving as US Airways Flight 715, headed to Philadelphia from Venice, made an emergency landing at Dublin Airport in Ireland after nine flight attendants complained of nausea, dizziness and running eyes. There were no reports of the pilots or passengers falling ill.[18]


  1. ^ Business Traveller. "Easyjet launches Venice base – Business Traveller". {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ "New Ryanair Base At Venice Marco Polo Airport". 7 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Statistiche Dicembre 2017". 24 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Easyjet opens Venice base".
  6. ^ – Seasonal schedule retrieved 30 October 2016
  8. ^ "EASYJET NS23 NETWORK ADDITIONS – 11DEC22". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  10. ^ "PLAY Adds Seasonal Venice Service in NS23". AeroRoutes. 10 February 2023. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  11. ^ "Qatar Airways NS23 Network Adjustment – 02MAR23". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 3 March 2023.
  12. ^ "SAS NS23 EUROPEAN NETWORK ADDITIONS". AeroRoutes. 12 December 2022. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  13. ^ "Venice Airport bus service".
  14. ^ a b "linee urbane – ACTV".
  15. ^ "Information" (PDF).
  16. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Shorts SC.7 Skyvan 2–102 I-TORE Venezia". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  17. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Piaggio PD.808TP MM61953 Venezia". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  18. ^ "Philly-bound flight diverted after flight attendants fall ill". WPVI. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Venice Marco Polo Airport at Wikimedia Commons