Venice Municipal Airport

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Venice Municipal Airport
Venice Municipal Airport FL 31 Dec 1998.jpg
USGS aerial image, 31 Dec 1998
Airport type Public
Owner City of Venice
Serves Venice, Florida
Elevation AMSL 18 ft / 5 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
13/31 5,000 1,524 Concrete
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 172,645
Based aircraft 214
Sources: airport web site[1] and FAA[2]

Venice Municipal Airport (IATA: VNCICAO: KVNCFAA LID: VNC) is a city managed public-use airport located two miles (3 km) south of the central business district of Venice, a city in Sarasota County, Florida, United States.[2]


The airport was built during the 1940s by the United States Army Air Forces. It served as a military flight training facility. It also was used by Air Transport Command to deliver US-built aircraft destined for Britain under Lend-lease from the factories on the West Coast or picked British pilots. Some of the aircraft were partially disassembled and prepared for being loaded onboard ships for the trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

After World War II, the U.S. government gave airport control to the City of Venice, naming them airport sponsor through various grant assurances.[1]

After the September 11 attacks of 2001, authorities found out that three of the 9/11 terrorists, Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, and Ziad Jarrah, had all enrolled at the now defunct Huffman Aviation flight training school at the VNC for aviation lessons. [1]

Facilities and aircraft

Venice Municipal Airport covers an area of 1,200 acres (490 ha) which contains two paved runways: 5/23 (asphalt) and 13/31 (Concrete), both measuring 5,000 x 150 ft (1,524 x 46 m).[1][2]

For the 12-month period ending October 21, 2008, the airport had 172,645 aircraft operations, an average of 473 per day: 99% general aviation, <1% air taxi and <1% military. At that time there were 214 aircraft based at this airport: 181 single-engine, 28 multi-engine, 3 jet and 2 helicopter.[2]

It is also the base of FFTC (Florida Flight Training Center) that offers pilot training,self service fuel as well as charter service within Florida and the surrounding states.

Suncoast Air Center, located just west of the approach end of Runway 23, is the primary FBO and provides ground support and aviation services to aircraft that use the airfield. They offer both Avgas and JetA fuels, with Avgas available full or self-service. 3

Sarasota Avionics International maintains its headquarters in a 10,000 SF hangar on the northwest side of the airport.

There are two restaurants located at the airport: Honoluana, open for lunch and dinner, and the Suncoast Cafe, the latter of which is housed within Suncoast Air Center's FBO terminal and is open for breakfast and lunch.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Venice Municipal Airport at City of Venice web site
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 FAA Airport Master Record for VNC (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20

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