Venice Airport, growth in recent years
The airport of Venice is located just 13 kilometers from the city and it was named after one of the most prominent figures of the city, the explorer Marco Polo.
Over the last seven years airport traffic has increased at the rate of 20% per annum, with a doubling of connections. In 2013 a total of 144 million passengers transited in 38 Italian airports. The Roma Fiumicino airport remains at the first place for traffic with 36.16 million passengers, followed by Milan Malpensa, Linate, Orio al Serio and Venice with 8.4 million passengers. Over 1000 flights depart weekly from Venice to major domestic, European, and intercontinental destinations.
The Marco Polo airport, the most important one in Veneto, ended the year 2013 with a growth both in terms of passengers (+2.6%), as well as cargo (+11.7%). Data shows that only 37.8% of passengers travel for tourism; the vast majority transits through the Venetian airport for business (22.9%), work (23.8%), to participate in conferences or fairs (4.6%), of for study (1.3%).
The growth and success of this airport is not an accident. Throughout the years new flights have been added and the list of airlines that now operate at the airport is quite long. The busiest destinations are Paris, London, Frankfurt, and Madrid in Europe, and Dubai, New York, and Philadelphia outside of Europe. Some credit should also be given to SAVE, the airport management company that manages, through its subsidiary Airport Elite, the commercial activities, the restaurants and the duty free inside the airport.
There are many incentives to fly to Marco Polo airport. For example starting April 2014 you can request a stopover in Venice without any additional costs. Moreover, until December 2014, anyone who books a flight in a travel agency with a stopover in Venice, will receive a free access to the VIP Lounge. There are other advantages as well: the airport guarantees a minimum connection time of 35 minutes and a maximum distance between gates of 150 meters. Free wi-fi, internet points, and shops are available throughout the waiting area.