Verona Villafranca Airport

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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 (2012)
Passengers 3,198,788
Passenger change 11–12 Decrease -5.5%
Aircraft movements 36,015
Movements change 11–12 Decrease -4.7%
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. It is situated in the middle of the provinces of Brescia, Mantua, Rovigo, Vicenza, Trento, Bolzano and Verona, serving a population of more than four million inhabitants.


Verona Villafranca was a military airport during the First World War and opened to civil traffic in the early 1910s with some charter flights to the North of 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, Verona-Villafranca became a real air terminal with offices and facilities. The managing society "Aeroporto Valerio Catullo di Verona Villafranca Spa" was then established in December 1978 and was partially owned also by the Municipalities Villafranca and Sommacampagna, by the Provinces of Trentino (second main shareholder), Brescia, South Tyrol and by other local bodies.

In 1990, in order to cope with constantly growing air traffic, the terminal was expanded. The aircraft apron and car parking areas were enlarged, while access was improved by a connection to the new ring roads built for the World Cup.

In 1995 the airport reached the record of one million passengers per annum and only five years later, in 2001, the number of people carried grew to two million. In 2006 three million passengers were handled for the first time in one year.

In 1999 Valerio Catullo Airport reached the second position in the special classification of charter traffic after Milano Malpensa and before Roma Fiumicino.

easyJet Airbus A319-100 in Verona

In response to the constant passenger growth, the Catullo undertook a significant programme to expand its services and facilities for the increasing number of airport users. In May 2006 a new arrivals terminal was opened in the presence of Vice-Minister of Transport Cesare De Piccoli and Vice-President of Veneto Region Luca Zaia, immediately doubling terminal capacity. This enabled more space to be created for departures in the original Catullo building, which was further expanded by 3000 square meters.

In 2006 three million passengers used the airport for the first time. Growth continued, with 3,385,794 passengers in 2011. However, after an EU investigation of high subsidies granted to Ryanair led to Ryanair pulling out in 2012, passenger traffic has fallen in 2013.[3][4]

Verona airport is equipped with a fog-dispersal device, which is the best solution available in Italy and abroad in order to allow flying operations even in case of low visibility. This sophisticated system (which has been in operation since 2003), allows for ILS Category IIIB operation up to 75 m (246 ft) visibility.[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
Air One[6] Barcelona, Catania, Palermo, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Tirana
Seasonal: St Petersburg
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal: La Romana
British Airways London-Gatwick
easyJet London-Gatwick
Flybe Seasonal: Southampton
Fly Romania Bucharest, Timisoara
Germania Pristina
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn Seasonal: Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford
Livingston Tirana
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Meridiana Cagliari, Catania, Chișinău, Fuerteventura, Kiev-Boryspil, Naples, Olbia, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South, Tirana
Seasonal: Heraklion, Lampedusa, Minorca, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini
Charter: Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca
Monarch Airlines Manchester
Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Neos Seasonal: Boa Vista, Djerba, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Monastir, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sal, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tenerife-South, Zanzibar
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Sun d'Or Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion Seasonal: Amsterdam
Volotea Bari, Palermo
Wizz Air Bucharest


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
Flybe Summer seasonal: Dublin, Glasgow-International, Manchester
Globus Summer seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo
I-Fly Moscow-Vnukovo
Israir Airlines Summer seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins 3 June 2014)[7]
Livingston Summer seasonal: St Petersburg
Seasonal charter: Mostar
Meridiana Summer seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Mistral Air Summer seasonal: Samos, St Petersburg
Neos Air Summer seasonal: Heraklion, Ibiza, Luxor, Lanzarote
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


  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. ^ Air One to open new routes from Verona
  7. ^ L, J (12 March 2014). "Israir Adds New Routes in S14". Airline Routes. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

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