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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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. 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 into 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 Seasonal: Athens, Heraklion, Rhodes
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air Berlin Düsseldorf
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air Europa Seasonal: Barcelona
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air France
operated by HOP!
Air Moldova Chișinău
Air Serbia Belgrade (begins 1 June 2017)[9]
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Catania, Ibiza (begins 31 July 2017)[10]
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Seasonal: Ibiza (begins 31 July 2017)[11]
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
Seasonal charter: Edinburgh, Glasgow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Dubrovnik
Czech Airlines Prague
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta, New York-JFK
easyJet Amsterdam, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Bristol, Budapest (ends 28 October 2017), Edinburgh, Hamburg, Kraków, Lille (begins 10 June 2017), London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Marseille (begins 12 May 2017), Naples, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Prague, Stuttgart, Toulouse (begins 10 June 2017), Zürich (begins 12 May 2017)
Seasonal: Alghero, Copenhagen, Ibiza, Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Santorini
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
El Al Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Emirates Dubai-International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
operated by Germanwings
Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Hamburg
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
FlyOne Chișinău
operated by Stobart Air
London-Southend (begins 7 May 2017)[12]
Iberia Madrid Seasonal: Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Meridiana Seasonal: Ibiza, Olbia
Monarch Airlines London-Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Birmingham
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 (begins 29 October 2017) [13]
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 Rotterdam
Transavia France Nantes, Paris-Orly
Seasonal: Lille
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
Seasonal: Ivano-Frankivsk
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, Kefalonia (begins 27 June 2017),[14] Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Málaga (begins 24 June 2017),[14] Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pantelleria, Prague, Preveza/Lefkada, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Split, Strasbourg, Zakynthos
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 BookTaxiVenice water taxi. From the airport it is possible to reach:

  • Venice Piazzale Roma by ATVO (provincial company) buses[15] and by ACTV (city company) buses (route 5 aerobus);[16]
  • 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)[16] and ATVO buses;
  • regional destinations (Treviso, Padua, beaches ...) by ATVO buses and by Busitalia Sita Nord[17] 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.[18]
  • On 14 September 1993, an Italian Air Force Piaggio PD.808 crashed while attempting to land in bad weather, killing all 3 on board.[19]
  • 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.[20]


External links[edit]

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