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          Airport History

          Group's history: the most important steps since 1960


          From military airfield to civil airport.
          • Having served as a military airfield during the Second World War, Verona Villafranca began operating as a civil 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.



          Establishment of the management company aeroporto Valerio Catullo Villafranca S.p.A.
          • This resulted in the establishment of the management company Aeroporto Valerio Catullo Villafranca SpA in December of 1978. The company is also partly 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, such as the catchment area's Chambers of Commerce and Employers Federations (Confindustria).



          1 million passengers
          • For the first time Verona Airport celebrates its one millionth passenger in a year, and just five years later, in 2001, it reaches two million.



          3 million passengers
          • Verona airport reached, for the first time in its history, 3 million passengers traveling in a year.



          Catullo S.p.A. 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.



          Adherence to Assoclearance
          • Verona Airport adhered to Assoclearance on 1 January 2011, thus adopting the flight planning standards adhered to by all major Italian airports.



          Air traffic control management is transferred from military controllers to ENAV.
          • After signing the agreements, on 29 May 2014, military ATC transferred air traffic control management of Verona Airport to the civilian controllers of ENAV.



          Verona Airport Master Plan
          • With Ministerial Decree 191 27/07/2017, the Verona Airport Master Plan, already approved by Enac (the Italian Civil Aviation Authority) obtains the Decree of Environmental Compatibility.