Lisbon Portela Airport
|Lisbon Portela Airport
Aeroporto da Portela
|IATA: LIS – ICAO: LPPT|
|Operator||ANA Aeroportos de Portugal|
|Location||Portela de Sacavém|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||114 m / 374 ft|
Lisbon Portela Airport, also known as Lisbon Airport (IATA: LIS, ICAO: LPPT), is an international airport located in the city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. In Portuguese, it is called Aeroporto de Lisboa, Aeroporto da Portela, or Aeroporto da Portela de Sacavém. It takes its name from the neighbouring parish (freguesia) of Portela in Loures Municipality, formerly known as Portela de Sacavém.
The airport is the main international gateway to Portugal and a major European hub. It is one of the largest and arguably better equipped airports in Western Europe for maintenance, navigation and air traffic control, having also been nominated as Europe's Leading Airport for five consecutive years in the World Travel Awards. The airport handled more than 18 million passengers as of 2014, and 88,459 tonnes of cargo in 2013.
The airport is the main hub of TAP Portugal and its subsidiary Portugália, a focus city for easyJet, Ryanair and SATA International and also the base for charter airlines euroAtlantic Airways, Hi Fly and White Airways. The airport is run by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal which has been concessioned to the French group Vinci Airports in February 2013.
The airport opened on 15 October 1942 during the Second World War. As a neutral airport it was open to both German and British airlines, it was a hub for smuggling people into, out of and all around Europe, as widely referenced in the classic film Casablanca, whose plot revolved around an escape attempt to Lisbon airport. As such, it was heavily monitored by both Axis and Allied spies. Although Portugal was neutral, the airport was used by allied flights en route to Gibraltar, North Africa and Cairo.
At the end of the war the airport developed quickly and by 1946 was used by major airlines like Air France, British European Airways, Iberia, KLM, Sabena, Pan Am and Trans World Airlines and by 1954 the number of passengers had reached 100,000.
A 1951–52 airport diagram shows four runways at 45-deg angles: 1350-m runway 5, 1024-m rwy 9, 1203-m rwy 14, and 1170-m rwy 18. Runways 5 and 36 were each being extended northward to become 1999 m.
A major upgrade in 1959–62 included a new runway capable of taking the first generation jets, Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8. The first jet aircraft movement was an Air France Caravelle in 1960. In 1962 runway 03/21 came into use, it was 3,130 m (10,270 ft) and would allow direct transatlantic flights. The first direct flight to New York was operated by a TWA Boeing 707 who also operated the first Boeing 747 service in 1970. When TAP ordered the 747, five large parking bays were built in 1972 and the terminal was enlarged. A major upgrade to the buildings and facilities was started in 1983 and the first air bridges were added in 1991.
Along with the airports in Beja, Porto, Faro, Flores, Santa Maria, Ponta Delgada and Horta, 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. With this concession, ANA was also provided to the planning, development and construction of future infrastructures.
The airport is now surrounded by urban development, being one of the few airports in Europe located inside a major city. This led to a national debate on whether to keep the present location or to build a new airport; the last option was chosen. Initially, Ota, a village 50 km (31 mi) north of Lisbon, was chosen as one of the sites for the new airport. In 2007 an independent study coordinated by the Portuguese Industry Confederation (CIP) suggested Alcochete as an alternative location (see Alcochete Airport). In Alcochete a military training facility currently occupies the site, but the military agreed to abandon the location provided it could transfer its facility to a different area. A second government-contracted study led by the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC) concluded in late 2007 that Alcochete was the best location.
The selection of Alcochete was announced on 10 January 2008, more than 35 years after the first capacity increase studies were initiated. Portuguese government announced that Alcochete was the preliminary choice, to be finalised after public consultation. The location of Alcochete as the construction site of the future Lisbon Airport was confirmed by the government on 8 May 2008, but the contract was shelved as part of Portugal's cost-cutting measures, and completely dismissed from Portugal's transportation strategy plans in July 2013, with investment being concentrated on expanding and further improving the existing Lisbon Airport infrastructure.
In November 2006, the company operating the airport, ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, announced an expansion plan for some airport structures, in order to respond to current passenger traffic growth trends and full capacity use of the airport, originally intended to respond to growth until the new airport was to be finished in 2017. This plan involved the construction of Terminal 2 (concluded and operational since August 2007) and expansion of Terminal 1, with new boarding gates (concluded in 2011), a large new shopping and restaurant area, new airbridges and new parking positions and a more efficient use of currently existing structures and a new underground Metro de Lisboa station, inaugurated in July 2012.
Terminal 2 is used by 4 scheduled low-cost flight airlines for departures to European, North Atlantic islands and North African destinations, while Terminal 1 handles all arrivals and regular scheduled and chartered flights from most major European and North American air carriers. In October 2010, the European low cost airline easyJet officially opened a new base at Lisbon Airport, exclusively using Terminal 2 for departures to 20 destinations. A free shuttle bus connects Terminal 1 Departures area and Terminal 2 every 10 minutes.
Between 2007 and 2013 several improvements and expansions have been performed upon Lisbon Airport. These included the construction of Terminal 2 and lighting along with baggage claim refurbishment, all of which have been completed. Outstanding are the new cargo facilities, fuel storage, north pier and boarding lounge, north bus gate and baggage claim, enlargement of express cargo facilities, electrical refurbishments, expansion of south pier, departure lounge refurbishments and underground station and other terminal improvements. As part of the definite solution for Lisbon Airport, in July 2013 a new commercial area was inaugurated in the Terminal 1 air side area, with 20 new stores and spacious naturally lighted internal circulation areas.
With the long-term concession of ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal to the French group Vinci Airports the project for a new airport was postponed in July 2013, and it was decided that the existing Lisbon Airport would be further upgraded to surpass 20 million passengers annually, and would remain the present solution for this major European gateway.
Name change proposal
Lisbon Town Hall, in February 2015, unanimously agreed to propose that the name of Lisbon International Airport, currently known as Portela due to its geographical location, be changed to Humberto Delgado Airport. The proposal, tabled by the Socialist leadership under current Mayor António Costa, was agreed to by councillors from across party lines. The suggestion for a name change, which has now been passed over to the government to make a final decision, comes at a time when the country commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Portuguese army officer General Humberto Delgado.
Lisbon Airport has two runways, both served by parallel taxiways for higher traffic use, and capable of accommodating large-size aircraft such as the Boeing 747-8. The airport has zero visibility approach and landing capacity with ILS cat. III on runway 21 and extremely low visibility approach and landing ILS cat. II on runway 03.
Airlines and destinations
|DHL Aviation||Leipzig/Halle, London-Heathrow, Vitoria|
|Med Airlines Maroc||Casablanca, Tangier|
operated by Star Air
|1||Spain, Madrid||975,849||12.2%||Air Europa, easyJet, Iberia, Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal|
|2||France, Paris-Orly||884,063||19.9%||Aigle Azur, TAP Portugal, Transavia.com France, Vueling|
|3||United Kingdom, London-Heathrow||753,173||2.8%||British Airways, TAP Portugal|
|4||Netherlands, Amsterdam||663,778||13.2%||easyJet, KLM, TAP Portugal, Transavia|
|5||Germany, Frankfurt||558,519||1.1%||Lufthansa, TAP Portugal|
|6||France, Paris-Charles de Gaulle||542,947||0.4%||Air France, Air Méditerranée, easyJet|
|7||Spain, Barcelona||514,813||14.5%||Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal, Vueling|
|8||Switzerland, Geneva||468,017||10.7%||easyJet Switzerland, TAP Portugal|
|9||Belgium, Brussels||398,930||0.8%||Brussels Airlines, TAP Portugal|
|10||Switzerland, Zürich||389,647||18.6%||Swiss International, TAP Portugal|
|11||Germany, Munich||388,027||5.2%||Lufthansa, TAP Portugal|
|12||Italy, Rome-Fiumicino||382,934||3.6%||easyJet, TAP Portugal|
|13||Italy, Milan-Malpensa||304,811||5.7%||easyJet, TAP Portugal|
|14||Denmark, Copenhagen||199,974||32.0%||easyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle, TAP Portugal|
|15||United Kingdom, London-Gatwick||189,336||1.2%||easyJet, TAP Portugal|
|16||France, Lyon-Satolas||173,384||7.5%||Air Méditerranée, easyJet, Portugália Airlines|
|17||United Kingdom, London-Luton||154,820||1.0%||easyJet|
|18||Italy, Venice-Marco Polo||135,704||17.0%||easyJet, TAP Portugal|
|19||Germany, Hamburg||134,063||13.0%||TAP Portugal|
|20||Germany, Berlin-Schönefeld||122,806||55.8%||easyJet, TAP Portugal|
|1||Angola, Luanda||386,387||4.3%||TAAG, TAP Portugal|
|2||Brazil, São Paulo-Guarulhos||275,419||1.7%||TAP Portugal|
|3||Brazil, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão||258,690||1.2%||TAP Portugal|
|4||United States, Newark||238,663||0.9%||TAP Portugal, United Airlines|
|5||United Arab Emirates, Dubai||176,016||144.9%||Emirates|
|6||Brazil, Fortaleza||157,217||1.2%||TAP Portugal|
|7||Brazil, Brasília||151,427||0.8%||TAP Portugal|
|8||Brazil, Recife||148,121||0.6%||TAP Portugal|
|9||Brazil, Salvador||146,186||1.0%||TAP Portugal|
|10||Brazil, Belo Horizonte-Confins||131,455||3.2%||TAP Portugal|
|1||Portugal, Funchal||787.992||4.4%||easyJet, Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal|
|2||Portugal, Porto||411,799||2.5%||Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal|
|3||Portugal, Ponta Delgada||294,297||3.0%||Sata International, TAP Portugal|
|4||Portugal, Faro||186,475||4.9%||Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal|
|5||Portugal, Terceira||144,529||7.4%||Sata International, TAP Portugal|
Lisbon airport has an underground Metro de Lisboa station at the Southern edge of the Terminal 1 arrivals area. The metro red line connects the city centre and the other three subway lines with the airport every 6 to 9 minutes, from 06:30 to 01:00; the metro takes 16 minutes to reach the city centre and 5 minutes to Gare do Oriente train and bus station.
|Preceding station||Lisbon Metro||Following station|
toward São Sebastião
Carris city buses stop just outside Terminal 1 arrivals, with bus route 783 connecting to Marquis of Pombal Square, and Amoreiras and night route 208 (00:30-05:35) to downtown Baixa and Cais do Sodré train station and to Gare do Oriente train station. Two Aerobus routes prepared for travel luggage connect the airport with the downtown area and Cascais train line. Aerobus 1 to Cais do Sodré every 20 minutes between 07:00 and 23:20 on working days and every 25 minutes between 07:00 and 22:50 on weekends and holidays. Aerobus 2 connects to the financial district between 07:30 and 23:00. A bus stop on Av. de Berlim, 100 m East of Terminal 1 is served by three Carris bus routes to various parts of the city: 705, 722 and 744.
Two bicycle paths connect the airport roundabout, situated 300m South of Terminal 1 to the city's 50 km cycle infrastructure network. One path heads West along Av. do Brasil to the Universidade de Lisboa campus, passing by the central neighbourhoods of Alvalade, Campo Grande and Entrecampos and connecting to paths to Telheiras, Colegio Militar, Benfica, and Monsanto Forest Park. Another bicycle path heads East from the roundabout towards Olivais, Gare do Oriente train station and Parque das Nações Expo 98 site with riverside paths and the Caminho do Tejo pilgrimage trail to Fátima and Santiago de Compostela.
TAP Portugal has a complex at Lisbon Airport. The complex is 22.45 hectares (55.5 acres) large. In 1989 TAP became the owner of the complex due to a governmental decree. TAP's head office is in Building 25. The TAP subsidiary Serviços Portugueses de Handling, S.A. (SPdH) has its head office on the 6th floor of Building 25. Sociedade de Gestão e Serviços, S.A. (TAPGER), another TAP subsidiary, has its head office on the 8th floor of the same building. The TAP Museum is also a part of the complex. Building 19 has the head office of Sociedade de Serviços e Engenharia Informática, S.A. (Megasis), a TAP information services subsidiary. The TAP documentation and archive is in the annex of Building 19. Building 34, on the far north side of the complex, houses the company's new data processing centre.
Accidents and incidents
- 22 February 1943: a Boeing 314 of Pan Am caught the left wing tip in the River Tagus whilst landing. Of the 39 people on board, 24 were killed.
- 1 February 1947: a Air France Douglas C-47 crashed into the Sintra Mountains killing 15 of 16 people on board.
- 12 April 1959: a Douglas C-47 of the Portuguese Air Force crashed into the Tagus after takeoff. All 11 people on board were killed.
- 4 December 1980: a Cessna 421, carrying the Prime Minister of Portugal, Francisco de Sá Carneiro and other Government officials, crashed into buildings in Camarate, right after takeoff, killing everyone on board.
- AIP Part 3 – AD 2 Aerodromes
- Tap Portugal. TAP Portugal.
- LPPT – Lisboa. Pilotnav.com.
- Lisbon Airport — World Travel Awards. Worldtravelawards.com.
- acquires ANA, concession company for Portuguese airports. VINCI Airports.
- Guy Zunino (May 2001). "Lisbon Portela Airport". Airliner World: pp.36–40. ISSN 1465-6337.
- Aviation Week 28 January 1952 p68
- ANA Aeroportos: Relatório de Gestão e Contas (2011), Lisbon, Portugal: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, 2011, p. 1115, retrieved 2 January 2014
- LNEC study favouring Alcochete as the location for Lisbon's new airport, in Portuguese. Moptc.pt.
- Alcochete airport announcement, in Portuguese[dead link]
- Portugal's new Lisbon airport to be built in Alcochete for 4.9 bln eur – PM from Forbes online, 10 January 2008
- Portal do Governo. Portugal.gov.pt.
- “O novo aeroporto de Lisboa é na Portela”, diz secretário de Estado dos Transportes – PÚBLICO. Publico.pt (17 July 2013).
- Voos da TAP, Sata e AeroVip voltam ao Terminal 1 do Aeroporto de Lisboa. Economico.sapo.pt.
- Lisboa > Departures > Terminal 2 > Terminal 2. Ana.pt.
- Aeroportos de Portugal[dead link]
- Lisbon Airport opens new commercial area. VINCI Airports.
- Aeroporto de Lisboa com novo terminal e área comercial. Fugas.publico.pt (17 July 2013).
- "Câmara de Lisboa quer atribuir nome de Humberto Delgado ao Aeroporto da Portela" (in Portuguese).
- Aeroporto Lisboa Portela De Sacavem. Flightsimulatorportugal.com (15 September 2010).
- "Jolidey starts two weekly flights from Lisbon to Punta Cana" (in portuguese).
- "Jolidey launches seven flights per week from Lisbon for holidays in Mallorca" (in portuguese).
- Med Airlines. Med Airlines (15 September 2010).
- Annual Traffic Statistics 2013
- "The TAP Museum." TAP Portugal. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. Portuguese version
- Gomes, Adelina and Inês Sequeira. Público. 19 December 2005. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "Área do aeroporto de Lisboa vale 965 milhões de euros." "Em 1989, a companhia aérea tornou-se titular dos terrenos onde tem as suas instalações, devido a um decreto-lei em que o Governo cavaquista desanexou os 22,45 hectares do chamado "reduto TAP" do domínio público aeroportuário."
- "Estatutos TAP." TAP Portugal. Retrieved on 23 February 2010. "A sede da sociedade é em Lisboa, no Edificio 25, no Aeroporto de Lisboa."
- "2009 Annual Report." TAP Portugal. 90. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "REGISTERED OFFICE Edifício 25-6°, Aeroporto de Lisboa 1704–801 Lisboa"
- "2009 Annual Report." TAP Portugal. 92. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "REGISTERED OFFICE Aeroporto de Lisboa Reduto TAP, Edifício 25 – 8° 1704–801 Lisboa"
- "Annual Report 2010." TAP Portugal. 92. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "Registered Office Aeroporto de Lisboa, Reduto TAP, Edifício 19"
- "Contactos." Megasis. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. 1, 2, 3.
- "Museum -> Schedule." TAP Portugal. Retrieved on 15 December 2011.
- "Viagem ao novo Centro de Processamento de dado." Jornal TAP, TAP Portugal. December 2009, No. 72. p. 6. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "Edifício 34, no extremo norte do reduto TAP. Uma construção aparentemente banal, de paredes frágeis. É essa a visão com que se depara, do exterior, o visitante do novo Centro de Processamento de Dados da empresa, o CPD2."
- "Contacts." ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal. Retrieved on 9 September 2010.
- "Contact Information." Portugália. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "Aeroporto de Lisboa Rua C – Edifício 70 1749-078 Lisboa PORTUGAL" – See map
- "2009 Annual Report." TAP Portugal. 95. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "REGISTERED OFFICE Aeroporto de Lisboa Rua C, Edifício 59 1749–036 Lisboa"
- "2009 Annual Report." TAP Portugal. 96. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "Aeroporto de Lisboa Edifício 35 Apartado 8426 1804–001 Lisboa"
- Accident description Pan Am Boeing 314. Aviation Safety Network
- Accident description Air France Douglas C-47. Aviation Safety Network
- Accident description Portuguese Air Force Douglas C-47. Aviation Safety Network
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