Verona Villafranca Airport
Aeroporto di Verona-Villafranca
|Airport type||Civil / Military|
|Location||Villafranca di Verona|
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|Elevation AMSL||240 ft / 73 m|
Verona Villafranca Airport (IATA: VRN, ICAO: LIPX), also known as Valerio Catullo Airport or simply Villafranca Airport is an airport located 2.7 NM (5.0 km; 3.1 mi) southwest of Verona, Italy. The airport is situated at the junction of motorways A4 and A22. The airport serves a population of more than 4 million inhabitants in the provinces of Verona, Brescia, Mantua (Mantova) and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.
At the end of the 1970s, thanks to the first community project developed by the Province, the Municipality and the Chamber of Commerce of Verona, the airport received a passenger terminal with offices and handling facilities. The managing society, "Aeroporto Valerio Catullo di Verona Villafranca Spa", was established in December 1978. Ownership is shared between local governments of Veneto (Villafranca di Verona and Sommacampagna), Lombardy (Province of Brescia), Trentino (second main shareholder) and Alto Adige/Südtirol.
Expansion in the 1990s
In 1990, the passenger terminal was expanded in order to cope with the constantly growing air traffic. The aircraft apron and car-parking areas were enlarged; in addition, access to the airport by road was improved by building a link to Verona's new ring roads (for the World Cup 1990).
In 1995, the airport has reached the record of one million passengers per annum. In 1999, the airport has reached the second position among the 'Special Classification of Charter Traffic' after Milan Malpensa Airport and Rome Fiumicino Airport. Passenger numbers continued to grow: in 2001, 2 million per year; and in 2006, 3 million per year was recorded.
New Terminal in 2006
In response to the strong demand in patronage, the airport has undertaken a significant expansion programme on its services and facilities. In May 2006, a new arrivals terminal, Terminal 2, was opened in the presence of the Vice-Minister of Transport, Cesare De Piccoli, and Vice-President of Veneto Region, Luca Zaia. This additional terminal is situated immediately next to the original building, now known as Terminal 1. As a result of the expansion programme, the airport's capacity has doubled. Terminal 1 is used solely for departures and Terminal 2 for arrivals.
Growth has continued into the 2010s, when 3,385,794 passengers were recorded in 2011. After a European Union investigation into high subsidies being granted to Ryanair on their routes in and out of the airport, the airliner pulled out in 2012. As a result, passeneger traffic has reduced in 2013.
Verona-Villafranca Airport is equipped with a fog-dispersal device, which remains the best solution available in Italy and abroad to date, so that flight operations could continue during times of low visibility. This system has been in operation since 2003 and allows pilots to land in visibility as low as 75 m (246 ft). The runway is certified for ILS Category IIIb approach.
Airlines and destinations
Bus navetta by APAM (Mantova/Mantua Public Transport) connects the airport with Mantua/Mantova. The service runs daily year round, four times per day in each direction. It calls at Verona-Villafranca Airport, Piazza Sordello (Mantua) and Mantova Train Station. Travel time takes 40–45 minutes. Timetable here. 
During Summer months (June to September), ATV (Verona) Lines 164, 183 and 184 provide an hourly bus link to Lake Garda/Lago di Garda at Peschiera del Garda.
- EAD Basic
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Media related to Verona Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Site (Italian) (English) (German)
- Current weather for LIPX at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for VRN at Aviation Safety Network