Venice Marco Polo Airport
|Venice Marco Polo Airport
Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo
Aeroporto di Venezia-Tessera
|IATA: VCE – ICAO: LIPZ
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|Elevation AMSL||7 ft / 2 m|
|Passenger change 12–13||2.6%|
|Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL
Statistics from Assaeroporti
Venice Marco Polo Airport (IATA: VCE, ICAO: LIPZ) is an airport located on the Italian mainland 4.3 nautical miles (8.0 kilometres; 4.9 miles) north of Venice, Italy, in Tessera, a Frazione of the Comune of Venice nearest to Mestre. The airport was named after the Venetian traveller Marco Polo, whose book introduced Central Asia and China to Europeans.
A modern terminal was opened in 2002, but it is already at full capacity. It handles all scheduled and charter flights, including some long-haul flights to North America, the Middle East, and Asia. With 8,188,455 passengers having passed through the airport in 2012, it is the fifth busiest airport in Italy.
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.
Airlines and destinations
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 water taxi. From the airport it is possible to reach:
- Venice Piazzale Roma by ATVO (provincial company) buses and by ACTV (city company) buses (route 5 aerobus);
- Venice, Lido and Murano by Alilaguna (private company) motorboats;
- Mestre, the mainland and Venice Mestre railways station (convenient for connections to Milan, Padova, Trieste, Verona and the rest of Italy) by ACTV buses (route 15 and 45) and ATVO buses;
- regional destinations (Treviso, Padua, beaches ...) by ATVO buses and by Busitalia Sita Nord buses (national company).
Accidents and incidents
- 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.
- On 14 September 1993, an Italian Air Force Piaggio PD.808 crashed while attempting to land in bad weather, killing all 3 on board.
- 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.
- EAD Basic
- Associazione Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali
- Venice Airport
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Media related to Venice Marco Polo Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for LIPZ at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for VCE at Aviation Safety Network