Venice Marco Polo Airport

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Venice Marco Polo Airport
Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo
Aeroporto di Venezia-Tessera
Venice Airport logo.png
Aeroporto di Venezia - vue aerienne.jpg
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)
VCE is located in Italy
Location of the airport in Italy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04R/22L 3,300 10,827 Asphalt
04L/22R 2,780 9,121 Bitumen
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 9,624,748
Passenger change 15–16 Increase10%
Cargo 57,973.1
Cargo change 15–16 Increase13.8%
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 many European metropolitan areas as well as some partly seasonal long-haul routes to the United States, Canada and the Middle East. With 9,624,748 passengers having passed through the airport in 2016 and over 90,000 aircraft movements,[4] it remains the fifth busiest airport in Italy as number of passengers and the fourth as number of movements. The airport is christened after Marco Polo and serves as a base for Volotea and easyJet.[5]

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


A modern terminal was opened in 2002, but it is already at full capacity.[6] 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.[7]


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 for Schengen and non-Schengen flights.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

View of the apron
View of the apron
View of the check-in area


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Venice:[8]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Heraklion, Rhodes
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air Europa Madrid (begins 25 March 2018)
Seasonal: Barcelona
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air France
operated by HOP!
Air Malta Malta (resumes 26 March 2018)[9]
Air Moldova Chișinău
Air Serbia Belgrade[10]
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Albawings Tirana
Alitalia Catania (resumes 25 March 2018), Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Palermo (resumes 1 June 2018)
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Seasonal: Ibiza
American Airlines Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare (begins 5 May 2018),[11] Philadelphia
Armenia Aircompany Seasonal Charter: Yerevan
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon (resumes 1 May 2018)[12]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
British Airways London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow
British Airways
operated by BA CityFlyer
Seasonal: London-City
Seasonal charter: Edinburgh, Glasgow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Dubrovnik
Czech Airlines Prague
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta, New York-JFK
easyJet Amsterdam, Bari (begins 14 June 2018), Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Bristol, Cagliari (begins 20 July 2018), Edinburgh, Hamburg, Kraków, Lille, Liverpool,[13] London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Marseille, Naples, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Prague, Seville (begins 3 September 2018), Stuttgart, Toulouse, Zürich
Seasonal: Alghero, Brindisi (begins 21 July 2018), Copenhagen, Dubrovnik (begins 26 June 2018),[14] Ibiza, Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes (begins 25 June 2018), Santorini, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion[15], Thessaloniki (begins 26 June 2018)
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
El Al Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Emirates Dubai–International
Ernest Airlines Lviv, Tirana[16]
operated by Air Berlin
Seasonal: Stuttgart (begins 25 March 2018)[17]
operated by Germanwings
Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Hamburg, Stuttgart (begins 4 May 2018)[17]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Flybe Cardiff (begins 27 March 2018)[18]
FlyOne Chișinău
Iberia Madrid Seasonal: Birmingham (begins 25 May 2018), Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Meridiana Seasonal: Ibiza, Olbia
Neos Seasonal: Ibiza, Menorca
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Primera Air Seasonal: Billund
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Bristol, Barcelona
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Düsseldorf (begins 22 July 2018)[19]
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
TAP Portugal Lisbon
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal charter: Manchester
Transavia Rotterdam
Transavia France Paris-Orly
Seasonal: Lille, Nantes
TUI Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark
Ural Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Volotea Bari, Bordeaux, Catania, Marseille, Nantes, Palermo, Toulouse
Seasonal: Alicante, Athens, Asturias, Alicante, Bilbao, Brindisi, Cagliari, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Karpathos (begins 3 July 2018), Kefalonia,[20] Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Málaga,[20] Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pantelleria, Prague, Preveza/Lefkada, Rhodes, Samos, Santander, Santorini, Skiathos, Split, Strasbourg, Zakynthos, Zaragoza (begins 4 June 2018)
Vueling Barcelona, Paris-Charles de Gaulle


Airlines Destinations
ASL Airlines Belgium Brussels
ASL Airlines Ireland London-Stansted, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
DHL Aviation London–Heathrow, Leipzig Halle Airport
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 water taxi. From the airport it is possible to reach:

  • Venice Piazzale Roma by ATVO (provincial company) buses[21] and by ACTV (city company) buses (route 5 aerobus);[22]
  • Venice, Lido and Murano by Alilaguna (private company) motorboats;
  • Mestre, the mainland and Venice Mestre railways station (convenient for connections to Milan, Padua, Trieste, Verona and the rest of Italy) by ACTV buses (route 15 and 45)[22] and ATVO buses;
  • regional destinations (Treviso, Padua, beaches ...) by ATVO buses and by Busitalia Sita Nord[23] 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.[24]
  • On 14 September 1993, an Italian Air Force Piaggio PD.808 crashed while attempting to land in bad weather, killing all 3 on board.[25]
  • 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.[26]


  1. ^ Business Traveller. "Easyjet launches Venice base - Business Traveller". 
  2. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page". 
  3. ^ Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali
  4. ^ Dati di Traffico, Assaeroporti, Italy. (in Italian)
  5. ^ "Easyjet opens Venice base". 
  6. ^ "Venice Airport". 
  7. ^ "AirOne chiude le operazioni Nessun volo prenotabile da fine ottobre". 
  8. ^ - Seasonal schedule retrieved 30 October 2016
  9. ^ Air Malta resumes service to Venice from March 2018
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  14. ^ "easyJet additional new routes in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 2017-12-18. 
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  21. ^ "Venice Airport bus service". 
  22. ^ a b "linee urbane - ACTV". 
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  24. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Shorts SC.7 Skyvan 2–102 I-TORE Venezia". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 10 March 2008. 
  25. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Piaggio PD.808TP MM61953 Venezia". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 10 March 2008. 
  26. ^ "Philly-bound flight diverted after flight attendants fall ill". WPVI. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

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