Venice Marco Polo Airport

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Venice Marco Polo Airport

Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo

Aeroporto di Venezia-Tessera
Venice Airport logo.svg
Aeroporto di Venezia - vue aerienne.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorSAVE S.p.A.
ServesVenice, Italy
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates45°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 Veneto
Location of the airport in Italy
VCE is located in Italy
VCE (Italy)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04R/22L 3,300 10,827 Asphalt
04L/22R 2,780 9,121 Bitumen
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18–19Increase +3.4%
Cargo change 18–19Decrease -6.0%
Movements change 18–19Decrease -0.2%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[3]

Venice Marco Polo Airport (IATA: VCE, ICAO: 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, South Korea and the Middle East. The airport handled 11,184,608 passengers in 2018,[4] making it the fourth-busiest airport in Italy. The airport is named after Marco Polo and serves as a base for Volotea and easyJet.[5]

Another airport located in the Venice area, Treviso Airport, 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 that also controls the smaller Treviso Airport, dedicated mainly to low-cost carriers. The airport was named after the Venetian traveller Marco Polo.


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
Air traffic control

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Venice:[7]

Aegean Airlines Athens
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Arabia Casablanca
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga (resumes 1 May 2021)[8]
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Aircompany Armenia Seasonal: Yerevan
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air France Hop Lyon
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
Air Moldova Chișinău
Air Serbia Belgrade
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Albawings Tirana
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Catania, Palermo, Saint Petersburg
American Airlines Seasonal: Philadelphia
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Austrian Airlines Vienna
British Airways London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow
Seasonal: London–City
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Dubrovnik
Czech Airlines Prague
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta, New York–JFK
easyJet Amsterdam, Basel/Mulhouse, Bari, Belfast–International, Berlin–Tegel, Bordeaux, Bristol, Catania, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Marrakesh, Marsa Alam, Marseille, Naples, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Prague, Seville, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Toulouse
Seasonal: Alghero, Aqaba, Bastia, Brindisi, Cagliari, Copenhagen, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Hurghada, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Lille, Kefalonia, Kos, Kraków, Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini, Sharm El Sheikh (begins 3 September 2020),[9] Split, Thessaloniki
El Al Tel Aviv
Emirates Dubai–International
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Hamburg, Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Iberia Madrid Seasonal: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Luxair Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Barcelona, Bristol, London–Stansted
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Swiss International Air Lines Zurich
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia Seasonal: Nantes, Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark
Ural Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Volotea Athens, Bari, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Catania, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Palermo, Toulouse
Seasonal: Alghero, Alicante, Asturias, Brindisi, Cagliari, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Hannover, Heraklion, Kalamata, Karpathos, Kefalonia, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Luxembourg, Málaga, Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pantelleria, Prague, Preveza/Lefkada, Rhodes, Samos, Santander, Santorini, Skiathos, Split, Zakynthos, Zaragoza
Vueling Barcelona, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Wizz Air Bacău (begins 29 October 2020),[10] Bucharest, Catania (begins 8 October 2020)[11] Chișinău, Cluj-Napoca, Iași, Kiev–Zhuliany,[12] Saint Petersburg (begins 15 October 2020),[13] Skopje, Timișoara, Tirana

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[14] and by ACTV (city company) buses (route 5 aerobus);[15]
  • Venice, Lido and Murano by Alilaguna (private company) motorboats;
  • Mestre, the mainland and Venice Mestre railway station, providing connections to Milan, Padua, Trieste, Verona and the rest of Italy, by ACTV buses (route 15 and 45)[15] and ATVO buses;
  • regional destinations (Treviso, Padua, beaches ...) by ATVO buses and by Busitalia Sita Nord[16] 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.[17]
  • On 14 September 1993, an Italian Air Force Piaggio PD.808 crashed while attempting to land in bad weather, killing all 3 on board.[18]
  • 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.[19]


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  13. ^ Liu, Jim. "Wizz Air 4Q20 New routes summary as of 13SEP20". Routesonline. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
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  15. ^ a b "linee urbane – ACTV".
  16. ^ "Information" (PDF).
  17. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Shorts SC.7 Skyvan 2–102 I-TORE Venezia". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  18. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Piaggio PD.808TP MM61953 Venezia". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  19. ^ "Philly-bound flight diverted after flight attendants fall ill". WPVI. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.

External links[edit]

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