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Verona Villafranca Airport in Italy, which is locally also known as Valerio Catullo Airport, is located just 12 km distance of the historic city of Verona. Situated to the south west of the city, Verona Airport is the gateway to the provinces of Bolzano, Brescia, Mantua, Rovigo, Vicenza, Trento and Verona.
Last year nearly 3.4 million air passengers passed through the gates of Verona Villafranca Airport, which started life as a military airport during WW I. Opening to early commercial air traffic in 1919 after the First World War had finally come to an end, Valerio Catullo Airport saw a number of expansion programmes and refurbishments over the years to keep pace with ever growing passenger numbers.
In 2006 a new arrivals terminal opens its doors to the flying public, a measure that doubled the airport’s capacity. The original Catullo building was also enlarged and refurbished to allow for greater departure numbers of passengers to be handled. TI is the departures terminal and T2 serves as the arrivals terminal.
Among the better known air carriers flying in and out of Verona Airport are Aer Lingus and Air Berlin, Air France and Air Italy, Alitalia and British Airways, EasyJet and Flybe, Germanwings and LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa Regional, Monarch, Vueling and Wizz Air. Domestic destinations include Cagliari, Olbia and Palermo, Naples and Rome-Fiumicino.
European city destinations include Dublin and Vienna, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and London-Gatwick, Southampton and Cologne/Bonn, Krakow from 1st December 2012, Munich and Frankfurt, Casablanca and Hurghada, Santorini and Sharm el-Sheik, Tenerife-South, Barcelona, Moscow and Amsterdam.
Families with children will find a dedicated play area in both the arrivals and the departure areas and toilets with changing tables and bathrooms designed for young travellers.
Banking services are provided via Banca Populare di Verona and foreign exchange transactions can be made at the ForexChange desk in the terminals. Shopping includes watches and accessories outlets like the Watch Studio, shops like Areonautica Militare gift shops and the Risa More shops that sells specialities of Verona like wines, cheeses and cured meats.
Restaurants and cafes are plentiful, offering Mediterranean style and international cuisine for small and large appetites such as pizzas and Japanese sushi. A tourist office informs travellers of some of the region’s best sightseeing opportunities, while at Photo.Plus passengers can obtain last minute photographic equipment.
Duty free shopping and a VAT refund desk can also be found, once the security control zone has been passed. In the departures terminal in the check-in lobby passengers will find public telephone boxes as well as an information stand and public toilets.
Verona Villafranca Airport is easy to reach via motorways A4 and A22. Passengers can board the Aerobus services connecting the city of Verona with the airport at 20 minute intervals, starting their journey at 6.10 am from Verona Railway Station. From the airport the first Aerobus of the day leaves at 6.10 am and the last bus of the day leaves at 11.10 pm. A single fare into the city or from the city to the airport costs ca. EUR 6.00 per person. The railway station is located approximately a 20 minute walk outside of the old city centre.
Passengers will find the main taxi rank outside the arrivals terminal exit, where the authorised operators Unione Raio Taxi (tel +39 045 532 666), Taxi & Autoblu (tel +39 045 858 1403) and Radiotaxi Catullo (tel +39 045 222 3525) have their fleets waiting for passengers.
It is also possible to pre-book a car rental service with chauffeur on tel +39 348 0046265. Car hire companies like Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Maggiore, Auto Europe, Easy Car and National for example either have their rental desks at the arrivals terminal or will provide a shuttle collection service for their customers.
There are five different parking lots available for short and long-term parking at Verona Airport, all of which are in close proximity of the two terminals.
Train passengers have to alight at Verona Porta Nuova railway station in Verona city centre and take either the Aerobus or a taxi to the airport, as Verona Airport does not have its own metro or railway station.