Faro Airport

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For the airport in Yukon, Canada, see Faro Airport (Yukon).
Not to be confused with Paro Airport.
Faro International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional de Faro
Airport type Public
Owner ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.
Operator ANA Aeroportos de Portugal
Serves Faro, Portugal
Elevation AMSL 7 m / 23 ft
Coordinates 37°00′52″N 007°57′57″W / 37.01444°N 7.96583°W / 37.01444; -7.96583Coordinates: 37°00′52″N 007°57′57″W / 37.01444°N 7.96583°W / 37.01444; -7.96583
Website ana.pt
LPFR is located in Portugal
Location within Portugal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,490 8,169 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft Movements 41,410
Passengers 5,981,448

Faro Airport (Portuguese: Aeroporto Internacional de Faro) (IATA: FAOICAO: LPFR) (also known as Algarve Airport) is located 4 km (2.5 mi) to the west[1] of Faro, Portugal. The airport opened in July 1965.[2]

A total of 5.6 million passengers used Faro airport in 2011. The airport became a hub for the first time in March 2010, when Ryanair decided to base seven of its aircraft there.[3] The airport gets very busy during the summer months, namely from March to October, to the extent that the airport becomes a slot coordinated airport.[4]


Faro Airport is capable of handling six million passengers a year. There are 22 stands of which 16 are remote, with 60 check-in desks and 36 boarding gates.[4]

Since its opening in 1966 Faro airport has had two major developments, the new passenger terminal building in 1989 and its enlargement in 2001.

Faced with growing traffic demand and passenger safety and satisfaction needs, the development plan for 2009-2013, means Faro airport undergoes extensive improvements to runway and infrastructure as well as a widespread renovation of the airport terminal and commercial areas, namely:

  • Increase of aircraft parking capacity from 22 to 33 positions, which will increase ATM’s from 22 to 30 per hour and passenger flow from 2400 to 3000 mov/h.
  • Increase operational safety.
  • Increase of airport capacity from 6 million to 8 million passengers per year.
  • Functional and architectural modernisation of the airport terminal.
  • Renovation and expansion of commercial areas.
Faro Airporto Panorama

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Check-in area
The forecourt of the arrivals hall
Terminal building
Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Belfast-City, Cork, Shannon
Aigle Azur Paris-Orly
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Munich, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal: Hamburg, Zürich
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Arkefly Amsterdam
British Airways London-Gatwick
Seasonal: London-Heathrow
British Airways
operated by BA CityFlyer
Seasonal: London-City, Manchester
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
easyJet Belfast-International, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Southend, Newcastle upon Tyne, Paris-Orly
Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Enter Air Seasonal: Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin[5]
Flybe Cardiff (begins 4 June 2015), Exeter (begins 30 March 2015), Southampton (begins 31 March 2015)[6]
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Hamburg
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Madrid (begins 1 June 2015)
Jet2.com East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: Belfast-International, Edinburgh, Manchester
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Dublin, Luxembourg
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Ryanair Beauvais, Birmingham, Bristol, Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Manchester, Memmingen, Porto, Weeze
Seasonal: Bournemouth, Bremen, Cologne/Bonn, Cork, Derry, Dortmund, Hahn, Kerry, Knock, Leeds/Bradford, Maastricht/Aachen, Prestwick, Shannon
SATA International
operated by SATA Air Açores
Funchal, Ponta Delgada
operated by Travel Service Airlines[7]
Seasonal: Prague[8]
TAP Portugal Lisbon
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Thomas Cook Airlines Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Brussels
Thomson Airways London-Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transaero Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo
Transavia.com Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam/The Hague
Seasonal: Groningen
Transavia.com France Paris-Orly[9]
TUIfly Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart
TUIfly Nordic Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona (begins 20 June 2015)[10]


Busiest routes from Faro Airport[11] [12]
Rank Country City Passengers (2011) Passengers (2010) Change Carriers
1 United Kingdom London 1,187,220 1,147,624 Increase03.5% British Airways, BA CityFlyer, EasyJet, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways
2 United Kingdom Manchester 341,384 281,133 Increase021.4% Jet2.com, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, BA CityFlyer
3 Ireland Dublin 298,532 311,118 Decrease04.0% Aer Lingus, Germania, Orbest Orizonia Airlines, Ryanair, Thomson Airways
4 Netherlands Amsterdam 228,683 199,288 Increase014.8% Arkefly, Transavia
5 United Kingdom Liverpool 224,902 176,362 Increase027.5% EasyJet, Ryanair
6 United Kingdom Bristol 212,283 170,105 Increase024.8% EasyJet, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines
7 United Kingdom Birmingham 210,805 198,175 Increase06.4% Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways
8 Portugal Lisbon 185,491 176,629 Increase05.0% TAP Portugal
9 United Kingdom Nottingham 171,746 147,142 Increase017.6%
10 United Kingdom Glasgow 166,828 128,454 Increase029.9% EasyJet, Jet2.com, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways
11 United Kingdom Leeds/Bradford 128,586 116,683 Increase010.2% Jet2.com, Ryanair
12 Belgium Brussels Airport 126,660 123,837 Increase02.3% Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium
13 United Kingdom Belfast Airport 126,454 145,978 Decrease013.4% Aer Lingus, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Thomson Airways
14 Germany Düsseldorf 124,518 142,787 Decrease012.8% Air Berlin, TUIfly
15 Portugal Porto 118,688 101,933 Increase016.4% Ryanair
16 France Paris 117.044 82.785 Increase041.4% EasyJet, Aigle Azur
17 United Kingdom Newcastle 116.080 95.465 Increase021.6% Easyjet, Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways
18 Germany Frankfurt 114.397 114.351 0.0% Lufthansa, TUIfly
19 Netherlands Rotterdam 107.599 100.040 Increase07.6% Transavia
20 Netherlands Eindhoven 105.805 76.064 Increase039.1% Ryanair, Transavia

Ground transport[edit]

Several car rental firms service the airport. The airport is also close to the A22 highway, with connections throughout the Algarve and direct to Lisbon and Spain.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 21 December 1992, Martinair Flight 495 skidded off the runway in bad weather at Faro Airport killing 54 passengers and two crew out of a total of 340 people on board.
  • On 29 December 2009, the terminal building flooded due to severe weather and leaks in the roof. This caused many problems inside the terminal, no flights were cancelled although some passengers were unable to check in due to the flooding.
  • On 24 October 2011, an overnight storm had collapsed portions of terminal roofs and blown out most windows in the control tower. Four people were slightly and one severely injured.[13]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Faro Airport at Wikimedia Commons