Venice Marco Polo Airport

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Venice Marco Polo Airport
Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo
Aeroporto di Venezia-Tessera
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VCE is located in Italy
Location of the airport in Italy
Airport type Public
Operator SAVE S.p.A.
Serves Venice, Italy
Location Tessera
Focus city for Volotea
Elevation AMSL 7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 45°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)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04R/22L 3,300 10,827 Asphalt
04L/22R 2,780 9,121 Bitumen
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 8,475,188
Passenger change 13–14 Increase 0.85%
Cargo 44,426.01
Cargo change 13–14 Decrease 2.71%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Venice Marco Polo Airport (IATA: VCEICAO: LIPZ) is an international airport located on the Italian mainland 4.3 nautical miles (8.0 kilometres; 4.9 miles) north[1] of Venice, Italy, 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 several European metropolitan areas as well as some seasonal long-haul routes. With 8,475,188 passengers having passed through the airport in 2014,[3] it remains the fifth busiest airport in Italy.


A modern terminal was opened in 2002, but it is already at full capacity.[4] It handles all scheduled and charter flights, including some long-haul flights to North America, the Middle East, and Asia.

The airport is managed by SAVE S.p.A., a company partially owned by local authorities which also controls the smaller Treviso Airport, dedicated mainly to low-cost carriers. The airport was named after the Venetian traveller Marco Polo, whose book introduced Central Asia and China to Europeans.

In August 2014, Air One announced the closure of its operations including the shutdown of its Venice base on 30 September 2014.[5]


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 into Schengen and Non-Schengen flights. Flights in the Non-Schengen gate area require passengers to pass through Italian Passport Control.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

View of the apron
View of the apron
View of the Check-in-area
A Lufthansa Boeing 737 at Venice Airport
A Volotea Boeing 717 at Venice Airport


Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air Berlin Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau (begins 14 May 2015),[6] Toronto-Pearson
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Toulouse
Air France
operated by HOP!
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
Air Moldova Chișinău
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Alitalia Abu Dhabi, Rome-Fiumicino, Tirana
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Berlin-Tegel,[7] Rome-Fiumicino
Asiana Airlines Seasonal charter: Seoul-Incheon
Austrian Airlines Vienna
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
British Airways London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow
British Airways
operated by BA CityFlyer
Seasonal: London-City
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Dubrovnik
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta, New York-JFK
easyJet Amsterdam (begins 8 May 2015),[8] Berlin-Schönefeld, Hamburg, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Southend, Lyon, Manchester, Naples, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly
Summer seasonal: Ibiza
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
El Al Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion[9]
Emirates Dubai-International
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Iberia Madrid
operated by Skytaxi
Seasonal: Dole[10] Seasonal: Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Meridiana Seasonal: Olbia
Monarch Airlines Manchester
Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Qatar Airways Doha
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
TAP Portugal Lisbon
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal charter: Manchester
Thomson Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Vnukovo[11] Amsterdam France Lille, Nantes, Paris-Orly
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark (begins 5 June 2015)[12]
US Airways Seasonal: Philadelphia
VLM Airlines Liège (begins 1 May 2015)
Volotea Bari, Bordeaux, Catania, Nantes
Seasonal: Athens (begins 3 April 2015),[13] Alicante (resumes 26 June 2015), Bilbao, Brindisi, Cagliari, Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Marseille, Mykonos, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Pantelleria, Prague (begins 3 April 2015), Preveza/Lefkada , Reggio Calabria, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Split, Strasbourg (begins 27 April 2015), Thessaloniki (begins 26 July 2015), Toulouse, Zakynthos (begins 2 July 2015)
Vueling Barcelona
Seasonal: Bilbao


Airlines Destinations
Air Contractors London-Stansted, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
DHL Aviation London-Heathrow
TNT Airways Brussels
UPS Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Rome-Ciampino
Volga-Dnepr Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo, Ulyanovsk, Yemelyanovo

Ground transportation[edit]

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 BookTaxiVenice water taxi. From the airport it is possible to reach:

  • Venice Piazzale Roma by ATVO (provincial company) buses[14] and by ACTV (city company) buses (route 5 aerobus);[15]
  • 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)[15] and ATVO buses;
  • regional destinations (Treviso, Padua, beaches ...) by ATVO buses and by Busitalia Sita Nord[16] buses (national company).

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[17]
  • On 14 September 1993, an Italian Air Force Piaggio PD.808 crashed while attempting to land in bad weather, killing all 3 on board.[18]
  • 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.[19]


External links[edit]

Media related to Venice Marco Polo Airport at Wikimedia Commons