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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Aeroporto di Venezia - vue aerienne.jpg


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
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 (2015)
Passengers 8,751,028
Passenger change 14–15 Increase3.3%
Cargo 50,961.1
Cargo change 14–15 Increase14.7%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[3]

Venice Marco Polo Airport (IATA: VCEICAO: LIPZ) is the international airport of Venice, Italy. It is located on the mainland 4.3 nautical miles (8.0 kilometres; 4.9 miles) north[2] of the city 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 European metropolitan areas as well as some partly seasonal long-haul routes to the United States and the Middle East. With 8,751,028 passengers having passed through the airport in 2015,[4] it remains the fifth busiest airport in Italy. The airport is christened after Marco Polo and serves as a base for Volotea.

There is another airport located in the Venice area, Treviso Airport, which is sometimes labelled as Venice-Treviso and mostly serves low-cost airlines.


A modern terminal was opened in 2002, but it is already at full capacity.[5] 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.[6]


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
Night view of the airport, with a Iberia Airbus A320.


Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens, Heraklion (begins 3 June 2016),[7] Rhodes (begins 2 June 2016)
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air Berlin Stuttgart
Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, 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, Düsseldorf, Rome-Fiumicino
American Airlines Seasonal: Philadelphia
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
Czech Airlines Prague
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta, New York-JFK
Denim Air Charter Reggio Calabria (begins 18 March 2016)[8]
easyJet[9] Amsterdam,[10] Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux (begins 17 April 2016), Bristol (begins 23 March 2016),[11]Copenhagen (begins 24 March 2016), Edinburgh, Gran Canaria (begins 25 March 2016), Hamburg, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Southend, Lyon, Manchester, Naples, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Prague, Stuttgart (begins 29 March 2016)
Seasonal: Ibiza, Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Santorini
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
El Al Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion[12]
Emirates Dubai-International
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Hamburg
Iberia Madrid Seasonal: Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Meridiana Seasonal: Olbia
Monarch Airlines Manchester
Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick
Neos Seasonal: Ibiza, Minorca[13]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, 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
Transavia Amsterdam, Munich (begins 27 March 2016)[14]
Transavia France Nantes, Paris-Orly
Seasonal: Lille
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil (begins 27 March 2016)[15][16]
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark
Volotea Bari, Bordeaux, Catania, Marseille, Nantes, Palermo, Toulouse
Seasonal: Alicante, Athens, Asturias (begins 27 May 2016),[17] Bilbao, Brindisi, Cagliari, Corfu, Dubrovnik (begins 28 May 2016), Heraklion, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pantelleria, Prague, Preveza/Lefkada , Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Split, Strasbourg, Zakynthos
Vueling Barcelona, Paris-Charles de Gaulle (begins 5 May 2016)
Seasonal: Bilbao


Airlines Destinations
ASL Airlines Ireland 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[18] and by ACTV (city company) buses (route 5 aerobus);[19]
  • 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)[19] and ATVO buses;
  • regional destinations (Treviso, Padua, beaches ...) by ATVO buses and by Busitalia Sita Nord[20] 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.[21]
  • On 14 September 1993, an Italian Air Force Piaggio PD.808 crashed while attempting to land in bad weather, killing all 3 on board.[22]
  • 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.[23]


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  2. ^ a b EAD Basic
  3. ^ Associazione Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali
  4. ^ Dati di Traffico, Assaeroporti, Italy. (Italian)
  5. ^ Venice Airport
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  10. ^ "easyJet announces six new routes from Amsterdam and strengthens its links between The Netherlands and the UK". EasyJet. 14 October 2014. 
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  12. ^ LY sale first announcing the routes
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  14. ^ Transavia Opens Munich Base from late-March 2016
  15. ^ "МАУ запустит закрытый Wizz Air рейс Киев-Венеция". by Aviation Today. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  16. ^ L, J (27 October 2015). "Ukraine International Adds Venice Service in S16". Airline Route. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  17. ^ Alicante,
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  21. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Shorts SC.7 Skyvan 2–102 I-TORE Venezia". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 10 March 2008. 
  22. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Piaggio PD.808TP MM61953 Venezia". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 10 March 2008. 
  23. ^ "Philly-bound flight diverted after flight attendants fall ill". WPVI. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

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