Verona Villafranca Airport

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Verona Airport
Aeroporto di Verona-Villafranca
Verona Airport logo.jpg
Aeroporto di Verona-Villafranca, notturna, Terminal 2 e taxi.JPG
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)
VRN is located in Italy
Location of the airport in Italy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,068 10,064 Bituminous
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 35 × 26 110 × 85 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 3.098.683
Passenger change 16-17 Increase 10,36%
Aircraft movements 28.700
Movements change 15-16 Increase 4,8%

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.


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 passenger 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.


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
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens (begins 18 June 2018)
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal charter: Belfast-City[4]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air Moldova Chișinău
AlbaStar Seasonal charter: Dublin,[5] Glasgow, [6] Lourdes
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Seasonal: Catania, Ibiza[7]
ASL Airlines Seasonal charter: Dublin
Austrian Airlines Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda[8]
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal: Lampedusa
Blue Panorama Airlines Cayo Largo Del Sur, Havana
BMI Regional Seasonal charter: Bristol
British Airways London–Gatwick
Cyprus Airways Seasonal: Larnaca (begins 27 May 2018)[9]
Czech Airlines Seasonal: Prague[10]
Danish Air Transport Seasonal charter: Odense[11]
easyJet London–Gatwick
El Al Tel-Aviv Ben Gurion
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Enter Air Seasobal charter: Katowice, Poznan, Warsaw–Chopin[12]
Ernest Airlines Tirana[13]
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Flybe Seasonal: Southampton, Cardiff
Seasonal charter: Glasgow, Manchester
FlyOne Chișinău
Icelandair Seasonal charter: Reykjavík[14] Seasonal: Belfast-International , East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Meridiana Fuerteventura, Olbia
Seasonal: Sharm el-Sheikh[15]
Mistral Air Seasonal: Catania,[16] Corfu, Kefalonia, Tivat, Zakynthos[17]
Seasonal charter: Samos, Saint Petersburg
Neos Boa Vista, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Marsa Alam, Nosy Be (begins 26 March 2018),[18] Sal, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Brindisi (begins 10 June 2018),[18] Cagliari (begins 2 June 2018),[18] Catania (begins 10 June 2018),[18] Havana, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, La Romana, Lamezia Terme (begins 9 June 2018),[18] Malé, Marsa Matruh, Menorca, Mombasa,[19] Montego Bay, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sharm El Sheikh, Samos, Santorini, Thessaloniki, Zanzibar[20]
Seasonal charter: Bristol,[21] Lanzarote, Newcastle,[21] Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Oslo–Gardermoen[22]
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Djerba, Monastir
Red Wings Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo[23]
Ryanair Berlin–Schönefeld, Birmingham, Charleroi, London–Stansted, Palermo, Cagliari, Hamburg, Madrid, Nuremberg, Seville, Brindisi (begins 25 March 2018)[24]
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
S7 Airlines
operated by Globus Airlines
Smartwings Seasonal charter: Warsaw
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal charter: Manchester
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Paris–Orly[25]
TUI Airways Seasonal: Belfast-International (begins 26 May 2018), Birmingham, Bristol (begins 5 May 2018), Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle[26]
Tunisair Seasonal charter: Djerba, Monastir
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Krasnodar (begins 30 December 2017)[27]
Volotea Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Naples, Palermo
Seasonal: Alghero, Athens (begins 31 May 2018), Brindisi, Chisinau, Cork, Faro (begins 6 June 2018), Heraklion (begins 28 June 2018), Ibiza, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pantelleria (begins 2 June 2018), Santorini, Lampedusa, Minorca, Mykonos, Tirana
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona
Wizz Air Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin


Year Passengers
2004 2 612 459
2005 2 581 420
2006 2 961 377
2007 3 465 369
2008 3 366 766
2009 3 007 615
2010 2 983 483
2011 3 385 794
2012 3 152 081
2013 2 685 702
2014 2 755 171
2015 2 570 468
2016 2 807 811
2017 2 928 846 (Jan-Nov)

Ground transportation[edit]

A shuttle bus service, Aerobus (199) operated by ATV, connects Verona-Villafranca Airport directly with Verona Porta Nuova station.[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.


  1. ^ "'Contract Too Costly'". Corriera Della Serra. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Italian Airport Movement Stats June 2013". Assaeroporti. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Verona Airport – Company Profile Archived 21 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 12 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Aer Lingus Cargo Winter 2016 -2017 effective October 30" (PDF). Aer Lingus Cargo. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Afgange" (in Danish). Hans Christian Andersen Airport. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^ a b c d e "timtable". 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  19. ^
  20. ^
  21. ^ a b "Neos adds Verona - UK routes in S17". 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  22. ^
  23. ^
  24. ^
  25. ^
  26. ^
  27. ^ Liu, Jim (11 August 2017). "Ural Airlines adds seasonal Krasnodar – Verona service in W17". Routesonline. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Verona Airport at Wikimedia Commons