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Venice Marco Polo Airport (IATA: VCE, ICAO: LIPZ) is the international airport of Venice, Italy. It is located on the mainland 4.3 nautical miles (8.0 kilometres; 4.9 miles) north[2] of the city in Tessera, a Frazione of the Comune of Venice nearest to Mestre. 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 and easyJet.[5]

Venice Marco Polo Airport

Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo

Aeroporto di Venezia-Tessera
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorSAVE S.p.A.
ServesVenice, Italy
LocationTessera
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)Coordinates: 45°30′19″N 012°21′07″E / 45.50528°N 12.35194°E / 45.50528; 12.35194 (Venice Marco Polo Airport)
Websiteveniceairport.com
Map
VCE is located in Italy
VCE
VCE
Location of the airport in Italy
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04R/22L 3,300 10,827 Asphalt
04L/22R 2,780 9,121 Bitumen
Statistics (2018)
Passengers11,184,608
Passenger change 17–18Increase 7.8%
Cargo68,028.80
Cargo change 17–18Increase 11.8%
Movements95,414
Movements change 17-18Increase 3.4%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[3]

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.

OverviewEdit

A modern terminal was opened in 2002, but it is already at full capacity.[6] 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, whose travelogue introduced Central Asia and China to Europeans.

TerminalEdit

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
 
View of the apron
 
Air traffic control

PassengerEdit

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Venice:[7]

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca
airBalticSeasonal: Riga
Air Cairo Seasonal: Sharm El Sheikh
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Aircompany Armenia Seasonal: Yerevan
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Italy Seasonal: Olbia
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
Air Moldova Chișinău
Air Serbia Belgrade
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Albawings Tirana
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Catania, Palermo, Saint Petersburg
American Airlines Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare,[8] Philadelphia
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon[9]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
British Airways London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow
Seasonal: London–City
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Dubrovnik
Czech Airlines Prague
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta, New York–JFK
easyJet Amsterdam, Bari, Belfast–International, Berlin–Tegel,[10] Bordeaux, Bristol, Catania, Edinburgh, Glasgow,[11] Hamburg, Liverpool,[12] London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Marrakesh (begins 27 October 2019),[13] Marseille, Naples, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Prague, Seville, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Toulouse, Zurich
Seasonal: Alghero, Aqaba (begins 29 October 2019),[13] Bastia, Brindisi, Cagliari, Copenhagen, Corfu, Dubrovnik,[14] Hurghada (begins 2 November 2019),[13] Ibiza, Lanzarote, Lille, Kefalonia, Kos, Kraków, Marsa Alam (begins 7 November 2019),[13] Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini, Split,[15] Thessaloniki
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
El Al Tel Aviv
Emirates Dubai–International
Ernest Airlines Lviv, Tirana[16]
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Hamburg, Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
HOP! Lyon
Iberia Madrid
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
Lauda Stuttgart (begins 27 October 2019)[17]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Luxair Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Bristol, Barcelona, London–Southend (ends 24 October 2019), London–Stansted
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen (resumes 27 June 2020),[18] Stockholm–Arlanda
Silver Air Seasonal: Lošinj
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel,[19] Düsseldorf[20]
Swiss International Air Lines Zurich
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia France Seasonal: Nantes, Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark
Ural Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Volotea Athens, Bari, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Catania, Marseille, Nantes, Palermo, Toulouse
Seasonal: Alghero, Alicante, Asturias, Brindisi, Cagliari, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Karpathos, Kefalonia, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Málaga, Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pantelleria, Prague, Preveza/Lefkada, Rhodes, Samos, Santander, Santorini, Skiathos, Split, Zakynthos, Zaragoza
Vueling Barcelona, Paris–Charles de Gaulle

CargoEdit

AirlinesDestinations
ASL Airlines BelgiumBrussels
ASL Airlines IrelandLondon-Stansted, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
DHL AviationLondon–Heathrow
UPS AirlinesCologne/Bonn, Rome-Ciampino
Volga-Dnepr AirlinesMoscow–Domodedovo, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo, Ulyanovsk, Yemelyanovo

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 the 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[21] and by ACTV (city company) buses (route 5 aerobus);[22]
  • Venice, Lido and Murano by Alilaguna (private company) motorboats;
  • Mestre, the mainland and Venice Mestre railways station (convenient for connections to Milan, Padua, Trieste, Verona and the rest of Italy) by ACTV buses (route 15 and 45)[22] and ATVO buses;
  • regional destinations (Treviso, Padua, beaches ...) by ATVO buses and by Busitalia Sita Nord[23] 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.[24]
  • On 14 September 1993, an Italian Air Force Piaggio PD.808 crashed while attempting to land in bad weather, killing all 3 on board.[25]
  • On 10 May 2014, 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.[26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Business Traveller. "Easyjet launches Venice base - Business Traveller".
  2. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page".
  3. ^ "Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali".[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Easyjet opens Venice base".
  6. ^ "Venice Airport".
  7. ^ veniceairport.it - Seasonal schedule retrieved 30 October 2016
  8. ^ Zumbach, Lauren. "American adding summer flights from Chicago to Venice next year".
  9. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Asiana Airlines S18 Long-Haul changes as of 17NOV17".
  10. ^ "easyJet outlines new routes from Berlin Tegel in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Cheap flights from Venice Marco Polo to Glasgow - easyJet -". www.easyjet.com.
  12. ^ "easyJet to fly to Venice from LJLA". Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
  13. ^ a b c d Liu, Jim. "easyJet schedules new routes in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  14. ^ "easyJet additional new routes in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Home - easyJet.com". www.easyjet.com.
  16. ^ "Book A Flight - Ernest Airlines".
  17. ^ "Lauda changes Venice airport on Stuttgart route". ch-aviation.com. 20 September 2019.
  18. ^ Liu, Jim. "SAS S20 Short-Haul network changes as of 08OCT19". Routesonline. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Flight schedules". sunexpress.com.
  20. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "SunExpress Germany S18 new routes as of 15NOV17".
  21. ^ "Venice Airport bus service".
  22. ^ a b "linee urbane - ACTV".
  23. ^ "Information" (PDF). www.fsbusitalia.it.
  24. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Shorts SC.7 Skyvan 2–102 I-TORE Venezia". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  25. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Piaggio PD.808TP MM61953 Venezia". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  26. ^ "Philly-bound flight diverted after flight attendants fall ill". WPVI. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.

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