Venice airport information about L’aeroporto di Venezia-Tessera (Marco Polo Airport), an international airport 13 km from the center of Venice, named after the famous explorer Marco Polo.
The Marco Polo airport was opened in 1960, and quickly became the main airport of reference in the Veneto region.
That importance was strengthened in July of 2002, as the airport got a new airport terminal, which was built to adapt the airport to the continuous, year-to-year increase in passenger traffic.
In 2010, the airport system of Venice (Marco Polo and Treviso) was, in fact, the third most busiest Italian airport after that of Rome (Fiumicino and Ciampino) and Milan (Malpensa, Linate, and Orio al Serio).
As the first airport to do so in Italy, Marco Polo Airport outsourced all of its handling activities, to three separate companies: Aviapartner, GH Venice, and ATA. The outsourced services include security companies, operating within the terminals in collaboration with airlines and Italian security forces (Police, Carabinieri, and Guardia di Finanza).
PHOTO: View to the main terminal at Marco Polo airport.
As you visit the terminal, you’ll find the main terminal divided into three floors.
On the ground floor, you’ll find the arrivals baggage belt and a lounge with bar, kiosk, tourist information, ticket sales for public transportation, eight check-in counters (for a total of 70 check-in counters, combining both ground floor and first floor counters), and 28 gates.
On the first floor, meanwhile, there is a departure area, with the remaining 62 check-in desks, a restaurant, a kiosk, a bar and two banks and airline ticket sales, as well as a restricted area (after security) with shops and other bars and restaurants.
Finally, on the third floor, you’ll find the great hall with offices of most of the airlines and a waiting room, “Tintoretto Lounge”, reserved for SkyTeam customers and a Marco Polo room, reserved for customers of all other companies.
Surrounding the terminal building, the airport has plenty of parking, including a multi-storey parking building with space for a total of 6,200 cars.
In terms of air traffic, the airport has more than 1,000 weekly flights to major Italian, European and intercontinental destinations.
The airport is located 13 km from Venice, 8 km from Mestre, and 47 km from Padua.
To get to these locations, the airport has:
- Venice Piazzale Roma: with ATVO buses or ACTV Airbus line 5,
- Venice Piazza San Marco, Murano and Lido: with Alilaguna water buses,
- Venice-Mestre: with bus lines ATVO / ACTV (lines 15 and 45),
- Destinations in Eastern Veneto (San Dona di Piave, Jesolo, Eraclea, Caorle and Bibione) and Treviso: with ATVO bus lines,
- Padua: with SITA bus line.