João Paulo II Airport

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João Paulo II Airport
Aeroporto João Paulo II
Ponta Delgada Airport1.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Portugal
Operator ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal, SA
Serves Ponta Delgada
Elevation AMSL 79 m / 259 ft
Coordinates 37°44′31″N 025°41′52″W / 37.74194°N 25.69778°W / 37.74194; -25.69778Coordinates: 37°44′31″N 025°41′52″W / 37.74194°N 25.69778°W / 37.74194; -25.69778
LPPD is located in Azores
Location in Azores
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 2,497 8,192 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraftmovements 11,781
Passengers 928,801
Sources: Portuguese AIP[1]

João Paulo II Airport (IATA: PDLICAO: LPPD), named after Pope John Paul II, is an airport located on the island of São Miguel, 2 km (1.2 mi) west of the city dock of Ponta Delgada[1] on the Azores in Portugal. In terms of traffic, this airport is the busiest in the Azores and the fourth largest infrastructure managed by ANA Aeroportos de Portugal. The new terminal was built in 1995 and in 2005 the airport served a total of 873,500 passengers.

It has scheduled domestic flights to all islands of the Azores, plus Madeira and the mainland, namely (Lisbon, Porto and Faro). Joao Paulo II Airport also accommodates international flights to and from Europe and North America. The airport is the major hub for the Azorian airline SATA which includes both SATA Air Açores and SATA International and from April 2015 it will also serve as a hub for Ryanair.[2]


Along with the airports in Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Flores, Santa Maria, Horta and Beja, the airport's concessions to provide support to civil aviation was conceded to ANA Aeroportos de Portugal on 18 December 1998, under provisions of decree 404/98.[3] With this concession, ANA was also provided to the planning, development and construction of future infrastructures.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Düsseldorf
Arkefly Seasonal: Amsterdam
Easyjet Lisbon (begins 29 March 2015)
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels
Primera Air Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen
Ryanair Lisbon (begins 1 April 2015),[4] London-Stansted (begins 4 April 2015),[4] Porto (begins 1 April 2015)[4]
SATA Air Açores Corvo Island, Flores Island, Graciosa Island, Horta, Pico Island, Santa Maria, São Jorge Island, Terceira
SATA International Boston, Frankfurt, Munich, Lisbon, London-Gatwick, Paris-Orly, Porto, Stockholm-Arlanda, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Montréal-Trudeau, Madrid
SATA International
operated by SATA Air Açores
Funchal, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Seasonal: Faro
TAP Portugal Lisbon

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest routes from João Paulo II Airport (2010)[5]
Rank Country City Passengers Carriers
1 Portugal Lisbon 340,634 SATA Internacional, TAP Portugal
2 Portugal Terceira 103,293 SATA Air Açores
3 Portugal Porto 80,454 SATA Internacional
4 Portugal Santa Maria 51,799 SATA Air Açores
5 Portugal Horta 48,652 SATA Air Açores
6 United States Boston 41,632 SATA Internacional
7 Canada Toronto 34,556 SATA Internacional
8 Portugal Pico 27,691 SATA Air Açores
9 Portugal Flores 20,587 SATA Air Açores
10 Portugal Funchal 18,568 SATA Air Açores

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b AIP Part 3 - AD 2 Aerodromes
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b ANA Aeroportos: Relatório de Gestão e Contas (2011), Lisbon, Portugal: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, 2011, p. 1115, retrieved 2 January 2014 
  4. ^ a b c "New Base (No.72) In The Azores". Ryanair. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Annual Traffic Statistics

External links[edit]

Media related to Ponta Delgada-João Paulo II International Airport at Wikimedia Commons