With over 8.4 million passengers, Venice Marco Polo Airport grew by 3% in 2013 and 12% in 2012, a period in which Italy’s passenger volumes were declining by an average of 2% per annum. While 2014 will be a year of consolidation, its growth will continue. The primary strategy for the airport will be to continue its intercontinental growth. Recognised as the third intercontinental airport by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, Venice Airport has seen during the 2014 summer season the inauguration of Tokyo, its eighth intercontinental gateway (after New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Toronto, Montréal, Doha and Dubai). The development of new intercontinental flights opens new markets both for inbound tourism, but most importantly for the industries that are scattered in the airport’s immediate catchment area; as a matter of fact, most people know Venice as a must see destination in the world, but what most people do not know is that over 35% of Venice Airport’s passengers declare business as the reason for travel.
Venice Airport is also home to two based carriers, Volotea and AirOne, which guarantee links with less developed points in Europe. In addition, over 30 carriers offer point-to-point services, which, together with 13 European hub carriers, guarantee capillary penetration to the world.
Venice Airport is widely recognised as a small jewel and in order to guarantee that the growing passenger numbers can enjoy an infrastructure that is in line with the city and the territory it serves, it has an extensive master plan with a total value of over €600 million to be implemented up to 2021. The new investment phase has already started during this calendar year, which is seeing the expansion of the apron, as well as the flight infrastructure and the new fire brigade extension. 2015 will see the expansion of the terminal and the construction of the new people mover that will link the air terminal with the water terminal.
The managing company SAVE is very sensitive to environmental issues, and participates in Airport Carbon Accreditation; Venice Marco Polo Airport is accredited at Level 2.