Verona Airport (VRN/LIPX)

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What more romantic city than Verona, the setting of Romeo and Juliet? The recent opening of Juliet's balcony for weddings is bound to be a major draw. Verona Arena, the ancient Roman amphitheater of world importance, alone attracts over 500,000 visitors annually to its spectacular opera performances.

Other major factors for inbound tourism: Garda and the Italian Alps. The area's inbound touristic flow is an entire 16 million per year. The most important city built in Italy by the romans, second only to Rome.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Garda Airports Two Runways: Valerio Catullo Airport in Verona and Gabriele d’Annunzio Airport in Brescia
  • This is a year-round destination: Summer season visits to Lake Garda and the historical cities are balanced by winter sports in the Italian Alps – the Dolomites.
  • The area is well-known for its strong concentration of small and medium sized industries. The economic value registered for the City and Province of Verona is:
    • 1st – European Intermodal
    • 1st – City for PIL pro-capita in Veneto
    • 2nd – City in Italy for number of multinationals operating
    • 85 – Multinationals operating
    • 65 – Italian well-known brands nationally and internationally
    • 4th – Italian city for incoming touristic traffic
    • 5th – Italian province for foreign trade
    • 6th – City in Italy for economic and social development

A rich seam of export thriving medium-sized businesses populate the Verona airports' catchment area.

The cities and provinces listed below provide the main traffic for the “Verona” and “Brescia” Airports:

  • Verona (908.492 inhabitants; 90.924 active corporations)
  • Brescia (1.230.159 inhabitants; 110.097 active corporations)
  • Mantova (409.775 inhabitants; 39.699 active corporations)
  • Trento (519.800 inhabitants; 49.021 active corporations)
  • Vicenza (861.768 inhabitants; 77.291 active corporations)
  • Bolzano (498.857 inhabitants; 53.394 active corporations)
  • Rovigo (247.164 inhabitants; 26.754 active corporations)
  • Piacenza (285.922 inhabitants; 29.987 active corporations)
  • Cremona (350.223 inhabitants; 28454 active corporations)
  • Reggio Emilia (519.458 inhabitants; 53.641 active corporations)
  • Modena (688.286 inhabitants; 68.871 active corporations)

The Garda airport cover a catchment area of 10 million inhabitants.

Further on this profile will explain the economic potential and general characteristics of these provinces in greater detail. However, it should be noted that these local characteristics are well represented on the Board of Directors guaranteeing a strong level of regional ‘brand loyalty’ from an airport system centrally serving a market of 13 provinces within a radius of only 130 km.

  • Garda LakeSo praised  by the poet Catullo, Garda Lake was the cradle of ancient civilizations.
    It is the biggest and more typical subalpine lake.
    Full of typical villages, in 2010 Garda lake reached more than 4.000.000 incoming tourists.
    Garda Lake it’s also famous for the possibility to enjoy your time doing sports: sailing, trekking, mountain bike, horseback, and golf thanks to the beautiful sport clubs.
    Close to the lake there are also several  amusement and Natural Parks, like Gardaland or Sigurtà Park or the famous Thermal Park in Sirmione.
    Or you can enjoy your time spending some hours walking on Monte Baldo, in Malcesine, taking the efficient cableway. It’s one of the newest cableway in the world, from which you can admire the beautiful lake.
  • Dolomites areaTrento: Trentino’s provincial capital, surrounded by mountains. Venue of many cultural events, Trento is an important city especially for  winter tourism, thanks to its location, close to the most scenic Italian valleys.Madonna Di Campiglio: pearl of the Dolomites, famous for its mountains and long ski runs.

    Adamello: famous for its natural Park, one of the most important in Europe, with 48 lakes.

    Bolzano: known as The Door to the Dolomites, it’s a city for economic and cultural meetings thanks to its important fairs, its new foreign languages university ant its strategic position.

  • Verona, located in Veneto, (northern Italy) is the fourth tourist destination  in Italy, thanks to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows and operas, such as the opera season at the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans.Verona owes its historical and economic importance to its geographical location, in a bend of the Adige River near Lake Garda.
    Verona was the birthplace of  the poet Catullus, and the town Julius Caesar used to choose  for his relaxing stays.
    During the centuries many important personalities spent here a part of their life here, from Charlemagne to Dante, Goethe and Stendhal.
    But perhaps the main reason why Verona is known all over the world, is due to the tragic love story of Romeo & Juliet, one of the most famous Shakespearean plays.  Walking around the city you can retrace their story, visit the balcony, their houses and admire many romantic spots.
    Verona area is the first in the World for different kind of wines.
    Our wines, like Amarone,  Custoza, Soave, Recioto, are famous in all over Europe. In Verona there are a lot of wine tours in the beautiful wine cellars  diffused in all the territory.
    The match between wines and food is  a speciality for the tradition of Verona.
    Typical foods are the boiled meat with Pearà, a delicious pepper sauce,
    the pasta Tortellini from Valeggio, a must for Veneto people, or  still the «pastisada»,  horse meat served with Polenta, a pillar of the old Veneto tradition.
  • Brescia, situated at the foot of the Alps is the second largest city in Lombardy, after the capital, Milan, and, counting its Province, it has about 1,200,000 inhabitants.It’s the third industrial and fourth financial area in Italy. The city is very important for metallurgic industry and, in fact it is at the centre of the third-largest Italian industrial area, concentrating on mechanical and automotive engineering and machine tools. Its companies are typically small or medium- sized corporations. The financial sector is also a major employer, and the tourist trade benefits from the proximity of Lake Garda , Lake Iseo and the Alps.
    But Brescia is also a symbol of ancient art.The city, called Brixia, has been an important regional centre since pre-Roman times and a number of Roman and medieval monuments are still preserved, among which is the prominent castle. You can walk around the centre discovering the beautiful places and historical monuments and the typical architectural  buildings.
    Brescia is renowned for its wines famous all over the World. The «wine land» is departed in more zones: from Franciacorta to Garda Classic and Lugana.

    The tradional cuisine of Brescia is characterized by vigorous dishes, rich in animal fats, such as lard and butter.

    Typical dishes are: «Casonziei», a kind of stuffed pasta, «polenta taragna with birds», Tripe in sauce and the delicious soups.

  • Mantova, surrounded on three sides by artificial lakes created during the 12th century, it is the real stage of the famous opera Rigoletto, by Giuseppe Verdi.
  • Vicenza, known as Palladio City, Vicenza is one of the most important artistic cities  of Veneto . It’s  a UNESCO resource, thanks  to its beautiful monuments and  its famous Palladio Residences.

Verona’s Ponte di Castelvecchio – it’s hard to believe that much encouragement is needed. Besides new-entrant incentives and marketing support the Verona and Brescia Airports work closely with handlers and other supply chain partners to produce the most competitive offers for airlines considering new air services.

Marketing and other support

The Verona and Brescia Airports will strongly support Airline Companies for the starting of new routes by providing competitive incentive schemes to promote a profitable business, based on traffic figures and passengers profile; and also by sustaining marketing activities such as flight opening press conference and press release, activities related with the inaugural flight, advertising support, etc.

The airport also works closely with handlers and other essential partners in the supply chain to maximise valuable competitive advantages for airlines.

The Garda Airport System is a two-airport group comprising Valerio Catullo Airport (Verona) and Gabriele D'Annunzio (Brescia) offering valuable inward tourism and its own large commercially-important catchment area of 10 million inhabitants.

Catchment Area

Verona Airport is located east of the intersection between the A4 Milan-Venice and the A22 Modena-Brenner motorways, easy to reach from the east and the west.

This is a year-round destination: summer season visits to Lake Garda and the historical cities are balanced by winter sports in the Italian Alps – the Dolomites. The area is also well-known for its strong concentration of small and medium sized businesses.

Verona Airport expanded catchment area

Inhabitants 15.500.000
Companies more than 1.300.000
Inbound touristic flow 16 million per year (recorded in 2009)
  • 2010 VERONA figures
    • The PRIMARY market for “CATULLO” AIRPORT in Verona/Villafranca contains the Provinces of Verona, Bolzano, Trento, Brescia, Mantua, Vicenza and Rovigo, covering an area of almost 25,000 sq. km. and serving a population of more than 10 million inhabitants.
    • The geographical area takes in three different regions, including South Tyrol with no primary commercial airports. All the provincial capitals are well connected to Verona by major motorways and rail links.
    • This large catchment area is highly productive in terms of agriculture and industry (with a prevalence of small and medium-sized businesses) as well as of service industry.
    • The Garda Airport catchment area has a high number of foreign resident citizens, with residence permit, who came to live around Verona and Brescia, in order to work in the factories, in the agriculture and farming areas.
  • 2010 BRESCIA figures
    • Brescia Airport is strategically located in the centre of Northern Italy. It represents one of the most dynamic areas in Italy In terms of economic development. The catchment area of Brescia Airport includes a number of international brands that are leaders in their sector.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Verona freight

Freight Handled at Brescia Airport LIPX

Within the Garda Airports, Brescia focuses on mail and cargo traffic, thanks to its geographic position and proximity to the main motorway infrastructure, which ensures a rapid link within northern Italy and direct accessibility to central Europe.

Technical Characteristics

  • Airport area: 270 ha
  • Category: ICAO 4E
  • Passenger Terminal:  6.500 sqm.
  • Runway (14-32): 2.990×45 m.
  • Maneuvering area: Parallel taxiway (45m),
    • Apron: 80,000 sqm
    • Parking Stands: 17 (6 for B747)
  • LVA – NAVAIDS: ILS CAT3B: Landing  75m, Take off 50m, ILS/VOR-DME
  • Services: Operational hours: 24hx7
    • ATS, ENAV (h24)
    • Fire Fighting ICAO cat. 8
    • Customs: 24h
  • License: 24h take-off and landing

Ramp Equipments

  • 29 tractors of 20 ton towing capacity.
  • 5 Push Back tractors
  • 180 dollies 88/96
  • 2 Cargo Loaders Main Deck(max. height 5.60m,  capacity 30,000 Kg.)
  • 1 Cargo Loader Main Deck (max. height 5.60m, capacity 14,000 Kg.)
  • 2 Cargo Loader (max height 3,55m,6,800 Kg.)
  • 3 ULD Transporters max capacity 15,000 Kg.
  • 5 De-Icer

Warehouses Equipment

  • 5 scales for 20’ and 10’ pallets plus 4 scales for bulk
  • 120 ULD/Pallets storage positions
  • 10 mechanic platform for ULD build-up/Break-down
  • 4 ULD/Pallets truck loading/unloading Doors
  • 22 Bulk truck loading/unloading Doors
  • 8 Forklift up to 8 tons
  • Wi-fi handheld connected with Cargo Operations System

Warehouses General Information

  • 10.000 sqm warehouse area.
  • 24 hours operations 7 days a week
  • Handling capacity
    • 60.000 ton/year palletized
    • 50.000 ton/year loose
    • 30.000 ton/year mail
    • 30.000 tons/year domestic

Special Warehouse

  • “Special Cargo” warehouse out of frame due to security reason
  • Temporary Customs Warehouse
  • H24 Customs police & security
  • CCVT system
  • Wi-fy ready
  • Direct ULD air-side/land side castor-deck line

Verona/Brescia GeoGeography

  • One of the main strong points of Verona and Brescia are their strategic position in the centre of north-eastern Italy. The airports are located at the crossroads of the main Italian east-west motorway system (the A4 motorway between Turin and Trieste) and the north-south motorway (Modena – Brenner) as well as the main railway network. This makes airport access very easy and rapid.

Infrastructure & Operations


  • 16,500 sq.m. departure terminal
  • 6,100 sq.m arrival
  • 40 Check-in counters
  • 150,000 sq.m. aircraft apron
  • 29 stands for class C aircrafts
  • 3,000 m. runway ILS category 3B
  • 115.000 sq.m. car and bus parking area
  • 7,500 sq.m. hangar (for maintenance of small and medium sized aircraft: A, B, C, checks) P Terminal
  • 1,200 sq.m. canopy

Vital statistics

  • Verona (2011): 3.385.794 million passengers
  • Brescia (2011): 33.797 million passengers