Verona Villafranca Airport

Verona Villafranca Airport (IATA: VRN, ICAO: 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.

Verona Airport

Aeroporto di Verona-Villafranca
Airport typeCivil / military
ServesVerona, Italy
LocationVillafranca di Verona, Veneto
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL240 ft / 73 m
Coordinates45°23′47″N 010°53′17″E
Location of the airport in Italy
VRN (Italy)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,068 10,064 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 35 × 26 110 × 85 Concrete
Statistics (2020)
Passenger change 19-20 -71.4%
Movements change 19-20 -64.8%
Cargo (tons)258.58
Cargo change 19-20 -66.7%
Statistics from Assaeroporti[1]


Early years

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 the 1990s and 2000s

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) in preparation for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

In 1995, the airport 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.

During the Bosnian War, the airport was used by NATO aircraft as a staging area.[2]

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 undertook 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 doubled. Hence Terminal 1 is used solely for departures and Terminal 2 for arrivals.


Air traffic 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 airline pulled out of Villafranca Airport in 2012. This caused a reduction in passenger traffic in 2013.[3][4]

In 2015, Ryanair 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.


Verona-Villafranca Airport is equipped with a fog-dispersal device, 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.[5]

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

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Verona Villafranca Airport:

Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal charter: Belfast-City
Air Albania Tirana
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air Dolomiti Frankfurt, Munich
Air Moldova Chișinău
AlbaStar Seasonal: Lampedusa
Albawings Tirana
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv
British Airways London–Gatwick
easyJet London–Gatwick
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
FlyOne Chișinău
Iberia Regional Seasonal: Madrid
ITA Airways Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 10 May 2023)[6]
Neos Fuerteventura, Ibiza, La Romana, Marsa Alam, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Sharm El Sheikh
Seasonal: Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Dakar–Diass, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Malé, Marsa Matruh, Menorca, Monastir, Montego Bay, Mykonos, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini, Tel Aviv, Tenerife–South, Zanzibar
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Oslo
Ryanair Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Charleroi, Dublin, Lamezia Terme, London–Stansted, Manchester, Naples, Palermo
Seasonal: Birmingham, Corfu, Edinburgh, Palma de Mallorca
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI Airways Birmingham, Bristol, London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Dublin[7]
Tus Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Volotea Cagliari, Catania, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Alghero, Athens, Barcelona, Heraklion, Ibiza, Lampedusa, Menorca, Mykonos, Pantelleria, Santorini, Zakynthos
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona
Wizz Air Bari (ends 13 February 2023),[8] Catania, Palermo, Tirana
Seasonal: Chișinău, Gdańsk, London–Gatwick, Poznań


Check-in area
Annual passenger traffic at VRN airport. See Wikidata query.
Year Passengers
2000 2 293 799
2001 2 188 068
2002 2 185 785
2003 2 452 723
2004 2 687 565
2005 2 649 655
2006 3 007 965
2007 3 510 259
2008 3 402 601
2009 3 065 968
2010 3 022 784
2011 3 385 794
2012 3 198 788
2013 2 719 815
2014 2 775 616
2015 2 591 255
2016 2 807 811
2017 3 099 142
2018 3 453 404
2019 3 638 088
2020 1 040 555

Ground transportation

A shuttle bus service, Aerobus (199) operated by ATV, connects Verona-Villafranca Airport directly with Verona Porta Nuova station.[9][10] 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.

Incidents and accidents

On 13 December 1995, Banat Air Flight 166, an Antonov An-24 (YR-AMR), operated by Romavia for Banat Air, crashed into the ground shortly after takeoff from Verona Airport due to a stall. The reason was that the machine had not been de-iced despite snowfall. In addition, it was overloaded by at least two tons. All 49 people on board were killed.


  1. title= Traffic Data 2019
  2. "War planes preparing for Bosnia". The Milwaukee Journal. August 1993. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  3. "Contract Too Costly". Corriera Della Serra. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  4. "Italian Airport Movement Stats June 2013". Assaeroporti. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  5. Verona Airport – Company Profile Archived 21 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 12 January 2008.
  6. Mayling, Samantha (25 April 2022). " adds Verona from Newcastle for summer 2023". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  7. "Flight Timetable". TUI Airways. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  9. "Aerobus | Verona Airport". Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  10. "Sezione1 - Bus routes and timetables - Catullo airport service".

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