The Verona Airport
Verona's Valerio Catullo airport offers direct and connecting flights to many destinations throughout Europe and beyond. From Verona, in fact, the entire world is within reach. Verona offers domestic destinations (such as Alghero, Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Lampedusa, Naples, Olbia, Palermo,Pantelleria, Roma), and numerous destinations throughout Europe (including Atene, Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Birmingham, Bruxelles, Chisinau, Cologne, Cork, Crete, Dublin, East Midlands, Edimburgh,Faro, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Ibiza, Leeds, London, Manchester, Madrid, Menorca, Munich, Moscow, Mykonos,Palma de Mallorca, Oslo, Prishtina,Riga, Santorini,Seville, Southampton, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Tenerife, Tirana, Warsaw ). Furthermore intercontinental destinations include direct flights to Boavista, Isola di Sal, Havana, La Romana-Santo Domingo, Cancun,, Malè e Montego Bay, Marsa Alam, Marsa Matrouh, Mombasa, Nosy Be, Salalah, Sharm El Sheikh, Zanzibar.
The airport hosts some of Europe's largest airlines (including Air Dolomiti, Aer Lingus,Air Baltic, Air Moldova,Alitalia, Blue Panorama, Blu Express, British Airways,Easyjet, Eurowings, Fly Be, Fly One,Jet2.com, Lufthansa, Meridiana, Mistral Air, Norwegian, Ryanair, S7 Airlines , Transavia and Wizzair.), not to mention Neos and Volotea for which the Verona Airport even serves as a hub for aircraft maintenance purposes.
A COMPETITIVE CATCHMENT AREA. GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION
The Verona Airport enjoys a strategic geographical location in the North East, positioned at the intersection of corridors 1 and 5. It's situated within one of Europe's most competitive catchment areas in terms of the number of companies present (more than 1.3 million), thus rendering it an ideal starting point for the Airlines' operations. It's also conveniently situated close to two main motorways (the A4 Milan - Venice and the A22 Verona - Brenner), offering significant growth potential for both the inbound and outbound markets. The Verona Airport is less than an hour from 6 Unesco World Heritage sites (the cities of Verona, Vicenza, Mantua and Sabbioneta, the Palladian Villas, the rock carvings of Valcamonica, the monastic complex of Santa Giulia in Brescia, and the Dolomites).
THE AIRPORT: A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE LOCAL ECONOMY
A study commissioned by Catullo SpA showed that the estimated value of production generated by each passenger travelling through the Verona Airport stands between 120-370 Euros, thus resulting annual revenues of nearly 400 million Euros. A traffic increase of 1 million passengers creates between 1,050 and 3,200 jobs. These figures show how airports are a driving force behind the local economy.
Tourism, in fact, is an extremely important segment of the local economy. In 2011, a total of 16.2 million tourists were recorded in Verona and Vicenza, in addition to the more than 29.7 million in the Trentino region. In 2010, the Region of Lombardy recorded over 7.6 million visitors in the province of Brescia alone, with an additional 930 thousand in the province of Mantua.
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES
The airport is equipped with one of the best anti-fog systems worldwide, which allows it to operate even under critical visibility conditions. Thanks to this system, which has been in place since early 2003, the Verona airport is authorized to operate under Category IIIB conditions, or rather with visibility reduced to just 75 metres. The recent expansion of the tarmac's surface area, from 90,000 to 147,000 square metres, and that of the runway, from 2,704 to 3,067 square metres, has allowed for an increase in the airport's operational viability.
The available retail space increased significantly with the opening of the new 445 m2 Shopping Mall (on 2 July 2010) and the restructuring of 1,790 m2 of the Departures Terminal (completed in June of 2011). Today there are a total of 40 shops, more than twice the number that were present (16) in the year 2008.
There are 4,800 parking spaces at the airport, 750 of which are covered.
The inauguration of the Arrivals Terminal in May of 2006 was attended by the Deputy Minister for Transport, Cesare De Piccoli, and the Vice-President of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia.
The increase in air traffic at the Verona Airport has been gradual and steady, and has been simultaneously accompanied by an increase in reception facilities in order to ensure adequate services for the increased flux of passengers.
In 2006, for the first time in its history, the Verona Airport recorded the transit of 3 million passengers during the span of a single year.
This was indicative of a consistent increase, in line with the one million passengers recorded in 1995, and the two million recorded in 2001.
IN 2008, CATULLO SPA OBTAINED A FORTY YEAR MANAGEMENT LEASE, AS WELL AS THE TRANSITION TO CIVIL STATUS
With Italian Ministerial Decree no 133/T of 2 May 2008, the Company Catullo SpA was granted complete management of the Verona Villafranca Airport for a duration of forty years.
The ministerial decree, according to which the Verona Airport would assume the legal status of a civil airport, was signed on 11 September 2008. This meant that the airport's accommodation capacity and traffic management could be increased by up to four times with respect to the conditions at the time, through the gradual conversion of the spaces owned by the Italian Air Force to civilian use. The transition from military to civilian status was essential to the planning of the airport's long-term development.
2011 ADHERENCE TO ASSOCLEARANCE
The airport's transition under the control of ENAV (The National Agency for Flight Assistance) was a significant milestone for the Verona Airport in terms of infrastructure development and services offered.
The Verona Airport adhered to Assoclearence on 1 January 2011, thus adopting the flight planning standards adhered to by all major Italian airports.
THE AIRPORT'S ORIGINS
Having served as a Military airfield during the Second World War, Verona Villafranca began operating as a civilian airport in the early sixties, hosting a number of charter flights from northern Europe and offering daily connections to Rome. By the end of the seventies, the Province, the City and the Chamber of Commerce of Verona had developed the first corporate project aimed at transforming the structure into an actual civil airport. This resulted in the establishment of the management company Aeroporto Valerio Catullo Villafranca SpA in December of 1978, which is also owned by the municipalities in which the airport is situated, or rather Villafranca and Sommacampagna, by the Provinces of Verona, Trento, Brescia, Bolzano and Mantua, as well as by a number of the territory's other institutional and economic organizations, like the catchment area's Chambers of Commerce and Employers Federations (Confindustria).