nickbbu
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Venice Marco Polo Airport; How Is It?

Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:15 pm

I will get to VCE this weekend, and being there for the first time, I would like to know as much as possible about the airport:
-seats, are there any in the departure hall?
-restaurants
-shops
-spotting opportunities

I might even consider sleeping (or better said, loosing time) in the airport at night, since my flight leaves very early in the morning, so the seating info is very useful.

Also, is there any place in or around the terminal (but closer to the terminal building, not hundreds of metres / yards away) which gives you visibility towards the runway or parked aircrafts?

Any info would mean a lot to me.
Thanks in advance.

Nick
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timboflier215
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RE: Venice Marco Polo Airport; How Is It?

Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:36 pm

I flew out of there around xmas. Not many seats around check-in but LOADS when you are past security. Pretty good views out to the apron and the runway (though it wasn't terribly busy at the time I was there). A few places to eat and some VERY expensive duty-free boutique places (only one small shop selling booze/ciggies that I could find!). All in all, though, a clean and modern terminal. Shame about the infernal tv's which were on a loop though - made it difficult to rest!
 
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RE: Venice Marco Polo Airport; How Is It?

Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:46 pm

Is the view of the apron airside only?.
 
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RE: Venice Marco Polo Airport; How Is It?

Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:55 pm

Pretty much, although you can see some of it from outside the terminal building. I know there's a camp site at the end of the runway (cos I have stayed there in the past!) but that only really has views of the planes on their take-off rolls.

As far as views of the apron from outisde the airport boundary, I'm afraid I couldn't tell you, although one side has the terminal and the other is fairly close to the water, so I don't know how feasible (or restricted) it is to view the apron from this side.
 
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RE: Venice Marco Polo Airport; How Is It?

Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:00 pm

It is an Italian airport - organized chaos! However it is clean and hassle free once you pass security.
 
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RE: Venice Marco Polo Airport; How Is It?

Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:01 pm

VCE is a lovely airport. Before checkin is a little mental. Especially if you hit a busy patch. Not a very deep check-in area so queues snake all over the place. Get their early when you check-in. But after security is great. Lots of seating and it is very nice and clean! I agree it is rather expensive but it is Venice!
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RE: Venice Marco Polo Airport; How Is It?

Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:20 am

Ermenegildo Zegna, The North Face, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli or Calvin Klein are shops you can find at Venezia Airport.

If you arrive with little time to get your flight, you could make the last lunch / dinner at the Spizico restaurant...

You can get many opportunities to make spotting at VCE airport seeing all the arrivals / departures from the main runway. Too, you can take the last photos of the Fokker 100 fleet stored of Alpi Eagles.

Regards,

Gerard
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signol
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RE: Venice Marco Polo Airport; How Is It?

Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:36 am

This site should give you an idea about sleeping there:

http://www.sleepinginairports.net/europe/venice.htm

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HT
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RE: Venice Marco Polo Airport; How Is It?

Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:08 pm



Quoting Nickbbu (Thread starter):
spotting opportunities

Has the law in Italy changed ? Or is it still the case, that (hardcore) spotting is prohibited at Italian airports ?
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nickbbu
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RE: Venice Marco Polo Airport; How Is It?

Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:40 am

Thank you for the replies.

If I spend the night in the airport, that might be a problem, since there aren't too many seats available.

You'll see how everything turned out in a trip report.

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