Verona Villafranca Airport

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Verona Airport
Aeroporto di Verona-Villafranca
Aeroporto di Verona-Villafranca, notturna Terminal 1.JPG


VRN is located in Italy
Location of the airport in Italy
Airport type Civil / Military
Operator GardaAeroporti
Serves Verona, Italy
Location Villafranca di Verona
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 240 ft / 73 m
Coordinates 45°23′47″N 010°53′17″E / 45.39639°N 10.88806°E / 45.39639; 10.88806 (Verona Airport)Coordinates: 45°23′47″N 010°53′17″E / 45.39639°N 10.88806°E / 45.39639; 10.88806 (Verona Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,068 10,064 Bituminous
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 110 × 85 35 × 26 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 2.719.815
Passenger change 12–13 Decrease -15%
Aircraft movements 28,010
Movements change 12–13 Decrease -14.5%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Verona Villafranca Airport (IATA: VRNICAO: 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[1] 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.


Early years[edit]

Verona Villafranca was a military airport during the First World War and opened to civil traffic in the early 1910s with charter flights to northern Europe and daily connections to Rome.

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

The 2010s[edit]

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.[3][4]


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.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Moldova Chișinău
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
British Airways London-Gatwick
easyJet London-Gatwick
Germania Pristina
Germanwings Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg
Iberia Express Madrid (begins 2 June 2015) Seasonal: Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Meridiana Cagliari, Chișinău, Fuerteventura, Naples, Olbia, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Heraklion, Lampedusa, Minorca, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini
Monarch Airlines Manchester
Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Ryanair [6] Brussels, Palermo (all begin 1 April 2015) Seasonal: Amsterdam
Volotea Alghero (begins 31 May 2015),[7] Bari, Brindisi (begins 30 May 2015), Catania, Palermo
Wizz Air Bucharest
Winter seasonal: Warsaw-Chopin (begins 17 January 2015) [8]


easyJet Airbus A319-100 in Verona
Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Summer seasonal: Athens, Heraklion
AlbaStar Summer seasonal: Fuerteventura, Karpathos, Samos
Blue Panorama Airlines Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheik
Summer seasonal: Mersa Matruh
Etihad Regional
operated by Darwin Airline
Summer seasonal: Cambridge[9]
Flybe Summer seasonal: Dublin, Glasgow-International, Manchester
Globus Summer seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo
I-Fly Moscow-Vnukovo
Israir Airlines Summer seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion[10]
Meridiana Summer seasonal: Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Mistral Air Summer seasonal: Samos, St Petersburg
Neos Seasonal: Boa Vista, Djerba, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lanzarote, Luxor, Monastir, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sal, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tenerife-South, Zanzibar
Nouvelair Summer seasonal: Djerba, Monastir
Thomas Cook Airlines Winter seasonal: Manchester
Thomson Airways Winter seasonal: Manchester
Tunisair Winter seasonal: Djerba, Monastir
Volotea Summer seasonal: Cork
Yakutia Airlines Moscow-Vnukovo


Aerobus by ATV (Verona Public Transport) connects the airport with Verona Porta Nuova station. As of 2014, Aerobus runs daily and departs every 20 minutes. Travel time takes 20–25 minutes. [1]

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. [2]

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.


  1. ^ a b EAD Basic
  2. ^ Associazione Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali
  3. ^ "'Contract Too Costly'". Corriera Della Serra. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Italian Airport Movement Stats June 2013". Assaeroporti. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Verona Airport – Company Profile, retrieved 12 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Le Tariffe Basse Ryanair Tornano A Verona La Prossima Estate" (in Italian). Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  7. ^ L, J (22 October 2014). Route "Update as of 22OCT14: Volotea Planned New Routes in S15". 
  9. ^
  10. ^ L, J (12 March 2014). "Israir Adds New Routes in S14". Airline Routes. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Verona Airport at Wikimedia Commons