Verona Villafranca Airport

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Verona Airport
Aeroporto di Verona-Villafranca
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IATA: VRNICAO: LIPX

VRN is located in Italy
VRN
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Location of the airport in Italy
Summary
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)
Website aeroportoverona.it
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,068 10,064 Bituminous
Helipads
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 35 × 26 110 × 85 Concrete
Statistics (2016 January - June)
Passengers 1.201.178
Passenger change 15-16 Increase 5,8%
Aircraft movements 13.080
Movements change 15-16 Increase 3,1%

Verona Villafranca Airport (IATA: VRNICAO: LIPX), also known as Valerio Catullo Airport or Villafranca Airport, is located 10 km (6.2 mi) southwest of Verona, Italy. The airport is situated next to the junction of A4 Milan-Venice and A22 Modena-Brenner motorways. It serves a population of more than 4 million inhabitants in the provinces of Verona, Brescia, Mantua (Mantova) and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Villafranca Air Base was a military airport during the First World War. It became open to civil traffic in the early 1910s with daily scheduled connections to Rome and charter flights to destinations in northern Europe.

Towards late 1970s, under the first community project by the Province of Verona, Comune of Verona and the local Chamber of Commerce, Villafranca Airport constructed a passenger terminal, offices and handling facilities. The managing society, "Aeroporto Valerio Catullo di Verona Villafranca S.P.A.", was established in December 1978. Ownership is currently shared between provincial governments from Veneto (Villafranca di Verona and Sommacampagna), Lombardy (Province of Brescia), Trentino (second main shareholder) and Alto Adige/Südtirol.

Expansion in 1990s and 2000s[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 was improved by a road link to Verona's new ring road (SS12) on the occasion of World Cup 1990).

In 1995, the airport has reached a record of handling one million passengers per annum. In 1999, the airport became Italy's second-grade airport in the 'Special Classification of Charter Traffic' and ranked after Milan Malpensa Airport and Rome Fiumicino Airport.

Passenger numbers continued to grow: 2 million per year in 2001 and 3 million per year in 2006. 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 by 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. Hence Terminal 1 is used solely for departures and Terminal 2 for arrivals.

Current Development: 2010s[edit]

Air traffic has continued to grow during the 2010s with 3,385,794 passengers recorded in 2011. After a European Union investigation into high subsidies being granted to Ryanair on their scheduled routes, the airliner pulled out of Villafranca Airport in 2012. This caused a reduction in passeneger traffic in 2013.[1][2]

In 2015, Ryanair has reintroduced services to the airport with scheduled flights to Palermo, London Stansted and Brussels. Several airlines have switched their charter routes to regular services during the Winter Season 2015-16: Finnair flies between Verona and Helsinki and AirBaltic flies between Verona and Riga. The route between Paris and Verona, as operated by Air France, however, ceased operation in late October 2015, having been replaced with flights operated by its low-cost subsidiary, Transavia.

Facilities[edit]

Check-in area

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.[3]

The two terminals, departures and arrivals, are situated next to each other. The departures hall hosts check-in facilities at the eastern side. The lounge is located on the first floor's eastern wing. The main bus stand is located directly outside the arrivals hall.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal charter: Belfast-City[4]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air Berlin Seasonal charter: Copenhagen[5]
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air Moldova Chișinău
AlbaStar Seasonal charter: Dublin;[6] Lourdes
Alitalia
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Catania[7]
ASL Airlines Seasonal charter: Dublin
Austrian Airlines Seasonal charter: Stockholm-Arlanda[8]
Blu-express
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Tirana
BMI Regional Seasonal charter: Bristol
British Airways London-Gatwick
easyJet London-Gatwick
El Al Tel-Aviv Ben Gurion
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Enter Air Seasobal charter: Katowice, Poznan, Warsaw-Chopin[9]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Flybe Seasonal: Southampton, Cardiff[10]
Seasonal charter: Glasgow, Manchester
FlyOne Chișinău
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn
Icelandair Seasonal charter: Reykjavík[11]
Jet2.com Seasonal: East Midlands[12] Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Frankfurt
Meridiana Cagliari, Cancún, Fuerteventura, Havana, La Romana, Marsa Alam, Mombasa, Naples, Olbia, Sharm el-Sheikh,
Seasonal charter: Belfast; Catania, Heraklion, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Skiathos, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Zanzibar
Mistral Air Seasonal: Catania[13]
Seasonal charter: Samos, St Petersburg
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
Neos Seasonal charter: Boa Vista, Djerba, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lanzarote, La Romana, Luxor, Marsa Alam, Marsa Matruh, Monastir, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sal, Samos, Santorini, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Zanzibar
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Oslo-Gardermoen[14]
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Djerba, Monastir
Ryanair Birmingham, Charleroi, London-Stansted, Palermo
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
S7 Airlines
operated by Globus Airlines
Moscow-Domodedovo
Smartwings Seasonal charter: Warsaw
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal charter: Manchester
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, Manchester
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Paris-Orly[15]
Tunisair Seasonal charter: Djerba, Monastir
Volotea Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Naples, Palermo, Tirana
Seasonal: Alghero, Brindisi, Chisinau, Ibiza,[16] Olbia[17] Palma de Mallorca[17] Santorini[17]
Seasonal charter: Cork, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Menorca[18]
Wizz Air Bucharest
Seasonal: Warsaw-Chopin
Yakutia Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo

Ground transportation[edit]

A shuttle bus service, Aerobus (199) operated by ATV, connects Verona-Villafranca Airport directly with Verona Porta Nuova station. This Aerobus runs daily between 6 am and 11 pm and departs every 20 minutes. Journey time takes 20–25 minutes. [1] [2]

During the summer months (June to September), ATV (Verona) buses 164, 183 and 184 additionally provide hourly connections between Verona-Villafranca Airport en-route to comunes along Lake Garda/Lago di Garda.

From March 2013 to December 2014, a direct shuttle bus service ran daily between Mantova railway station and Verona-Villafranca Airport, connecting the city with its closest international gateway. This service was provided by APAM. The journey took 45 minutes. This service ceased operation on 1 January 2015. [3]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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