Marco Polo International Airport
Venice Marco Polo Airport is an airport
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 located on the Italian mainland 4.3 NM north of Venice
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, Italy
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, in Tessera, a frazione
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of the comune of Venice
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 nearest to Mestre
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. The airport was named after the Venetian traveller Marco Polo
Marco Polo
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, who is considered the Europe
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an rediscoverer of China
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With 6,868,968 passengers having passed through the airport in 2010, it is the fifth Italian airport in terms of air traffic.

A modern terminal, opened in 2002 but is already at full capacity, hosting all scheduled and charter flights, including some long-haul flights to the Middle East and North America.

The airport is managed by SAVE S.p.A., a company partially owned by local authorities which also controls the smaller Treviso Airport
Treviso Airport
-Ground transportation:*A public urban bus service, operated by ACTT, connects the airport with the railway station in the centre of Treviso*A bus services connecting with flights for Transavia and Ryanair, operated by BARZI BUS SERVICE in 40 minutes by highway...

, dedicated mainly to low-cost carrier
Low-cost carrier
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s. The stock is traded on the Borsa Italiana
Borsa Italiana
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 (Milan Stock Exchange).

The airport is connected to the nearby railway station of Venice Mestre and to the bus terminal of Piazzale Roma
Piazzale Roma
Piazzale Roma is a square in Venice, Italy.The square acts as the main bus station for Venice. There are bus links to Venice Marco Polo Airport and Treviso Airport. The square is close to the main Santa Lucia railway station for Venice, linked by the Ponte della Costituzione, a modern footbridge...

 in Venice by scheduled bus services, to several destinations in the Venice itself by the Alilaguna water shuttle (Blue, Red and Orange lines), and to Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco , is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as "the Piazza". All other urban spaces in the city are called "campi"...

 by the express Gold Line water taxi
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Terminal, airlines and destinations

The airport terminal
Airport terminal
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 has three floors, the ground floor for arrivals and the first floor for departures. The departure area has 70 check-in
Airport check-in
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 desks and has two lounges
Airport lounge
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 airside for customers. The two departure lounges are the "Tintoretto Lounge" for SkyTeam
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 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.
Due to runway upgrade works taking place at the low-cost airport of Venice-Treviso between 1 June and 4 December 2011, all flights are operating from Venice-Marco-Polo during this period.

Cargo airlines

Accidents and incidents

  • On March 6, 1967 a Short Brothers
    Short Brothers
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     SC.7 Skyvan 2-102
    Short SC.7 Skyvan
    -See also:-References:NotesBibliography* Jackson, A.J. British Civil Aircraft since 1919 . London: Putnam, 1974. ISBN 0-370-10014-X.-External links:****...

     operated by Soc Aeralpi crashed while attempting to land in bad weather, crashing into the sea - all 3 on board survived.
  • On March 11, 1967 a de Havilland Canada
    De Havilland Canada
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     Twin Otter
    De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
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     operated by Aeralpi crashed into a hill while flying from Marco Polo airport while on approach to Belluno Airport
    Belluno Airport
    -Accidents and incidents:* On March 11, 1967 a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by Aeralpi crashed into a hill while flying from Venice Marco Polo Airport while on approach to Belluno Airport in bad weather....

     in bad weather.
  • On September 14, 1993, an Italian Air Force
    Aeronautica Militare
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    Piaggio Aero
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     PD.808, crashed while attempting to land in bad weather killing all 3 on board.
  • On November 7, 1999 Air Dolomiti
    Air Dolomiti
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     Flight 2708, a Fokker 100 flying from Marco Polo Airport with 44 on board suffered maingear failure while approaching Barcelona Airport, but landed safely on a foam carpet.


From the Venice airport, the buses ACTV and ATVO bring passengers to the two Venice railway stations:
  • Venice Santa Lucia (from where the Piazzale Roma
    Piazzale Roma
    Piazzale Roma is a square in Venice, Italy.The square acts as the main bus station for Venice. There are bus links to Venice Marco Polo Airport and Treviso Airport. The square is close to the main Santa Lucia railway station for Venice, linked by the Ponte della Costituzione, a modern footbridge...

     square can be reached in 10 minutes on foot across the "Ponte della Costituzione" bridge)
  • Venice Mestre (on the mainland, convenient for connections to Milan
    Milan is the second-largest city in Italy and the capital city of the region of Lombardy and of the province of Milan. The city proper has a population of about 1.3 million, while its urban area, roughly coinciding with its administrative province and the bordering Province of Monza and Brianza ,...

    , Verona
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    , and the rest of Italy).

Busitalia Sita Nord buses regularly connects the Airport to the city of Padua
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Some additional buses are operated by Terravision
Terravision, founded in 2002 in Rome, is an airport transfer company operating in Europe. The company currently operates out of 14 low cost European airports....


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