Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport

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Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport
Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro
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Airport type Public
Owner Government of Portugal.
Operator ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, SA
Serves Porto, Portugal
Hub for TAP Portugal
Focus city for


Elevation AMSL 69 m / 226 ft
Coordinates 41°14′08″N 008°40′41″W / 41.23556°N 8.67806°W / 41.23556; -8.67806Coordinates: 41°14′08″N 008°40′41″W / 41.23556°N 8.67806°W / 41.23556; -8.67806
LPPR is located in Portugal
Location in Portugal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 3,480 11,417 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft Movements 63,943
Passengers 6,932,756

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (IATA: OPOICAO: LPPR) or simply Porto Airport is an international airport near Porto, Portugal. It is located 11 km (6.8 mi) northwest of the Clérigos Tower in the centre of Porto, in the municipalities of Maia, Matosinhos and Vila do Conde and is run by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal.

The airport is currently the second busiest in the country based on aircraft operations and the second busiest in passengers, based on Aeroportos de Portugal traffic statistics, after Lisbon Portela Airport and before Faro Airport. The airport is a base for easyJet, Ryanair, TAP Portugal and its subsidiary Portugália.


The airport was renamed for former Portuguese Prime Minister, Francisco de Sá Carneiro, who was killed in an airplane crash as he was heading to this airport: until this time it was known as Pedras Rubras Airport.

Along with the airports in Lisbon, Horta, Faro, Flores, Santa Maria, Ponta Delgada 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.[1] With this concession, ANA was also provided to the planning, development and construction of future infrastructures.[1]

On 25 February 2008, Airports Council International (ACI) announced that according to its 2007 Airport Service Quality Survey, Porto placed first overall in Europe for service and placed fourth among airports worldwide having fewer than 5 million passengers.[2]

Porto Airport reached its six millionth passenger mark on 30 December 2011.


Francisco de Sá Carneiro airport is limited between the municipalities of Matosinhos (to the south and west) and Vila do Conde (to the north) and Maia (to the east): it covers the parishes of Santa Cruz do Bispo, Perafita and Lavra (in Matosinhos); Aveleda and Vilar do Pinheiro (Vila do Conde); and Vilha Nova da Telha and Moreira (Maia).[3]

It includes an area of between 72 metres (236 ft) in the extreme south and 43 metres (141 ft) in the north.[3] The southern portion of the airport intersects the hydrographic watershed of the Leça River, while the north is crossed by effluents of Onda River.[3] The lands on which the airport was built were originally agricultural, characterized by rich soils that permitted cultivation of various cereals.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aigle Azur Paris-Orly
Air Europa Madrid
Air Transat Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
British Airways London-Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
easyJet Bristol (begins 19 April 2015),[4] London-Gatwick, London-Luton (begins 26 April 2015),[4] Luxembourg (begins 4 June 2015),[5] Lyon, Manchester (begins 16 June 2015),[4] Nantes (begins 30 March 2015),[6] Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Stuttgart (begins 5 June 2015)[7][8]
Summer seasonal: Toulouse
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Europe Airpost Brive (resumes 6 July 2015), Rennes (begins 6 July 2015)[9][10]
Flybe Birmingham[11] (ends 28 March 2015)
Germanwings Seasonal: Düsseldorf (begins 4 April 2015)
operated by Air Nostrum
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Luxair Luxembourg
Ryanair Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Bremen, Brussels, Châlons Vatry, Charleroi, Dole, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Faro, Hahn, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Lille, Lisbon, London-Stansted, Lorient (begins 4 April 2015),[12] Madrid, Marseille, Memmingen, Ponta Delgada (begins 1 April 2015),[13] Rome-Ciampino, Saint-Étienne, Strasbourg, Tours, Weeze
Summer seasonal: Bologna, Carcassonne, Clermont-Ferrand, Dublin, Gran Canaria, La Rochelle, Liverpool, Maastricht/Aachen, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South, Valencia
SATA International Munich, Ponta Delgada, Terceira, Toronto-Pearson
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zurich[14]
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda
TAP Portugal Caracas, Geneva, Lisbon, London-Gatwick, Luxembourg, Funchal, Newark, Paris-Orly, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Zurich
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino Amsterdam France Funchal, Paris-Orly, Lyon, Nantes
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk (begins 30 April 2015)[15]
Vueling Barcelona, Brussels, Paris-Orly


Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo Mexico City, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
operated by EAT
Vitoria, Leipzig/Halle Airport, London-Heathrow
TNT Airways Liege
UPS Airlines
operated by Star Air
Lisbon, Cologne


Busiest routes from Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (2012)[16]
Rank City Passengers  %
Top carriers
1 France, Paris-Orly 585,336 Increase 5.2% Aigle Azur, TAP Portugal, France, Vueling
2 Switzerland, Geneva 405,201 Increase 8.2% easyJet Switzerland, Swiss International, TAP Portugal
3 Spain, Madrid 398,083 Decrease 10.2% Air Nostrum, Ryanair, Portugália Airlines
4 Portugal, Lisbon 396,292 Decrease 5.4% Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal
5 Germany, Frankfurt 325,455 Increase 6.6% Lufthansa
6 Spain, Barcelona 286,457 Decrease 2.1% Portugália Airlines, Ryanair
7 France, Paris-Beauvais 246,194 Increase 4.7% Ryanair
8 Portugal, Madeira 226,920 Decrease 4.4% TAP Portugal, Franc
9 United Kingdom, London-Gatwick 223,309 Decrease 11.1% easyJet, TAP Portugal
10 United Kingdom, London-Stansted 212,470 Increase 3.6% Ryanair
11 France, Paris-Charles de Gaulle 143,502 Increase 2.8% Air Méditerranée, easyJet
12 Portugal, Faro 133,568 Increase 12.6% Ryanair
13 Germany, Frankfurt-Hahn 126,619 Decrease 11.5% Ryanair
14 Belgium, Brussels-Charleroi 113,029 Increase 34.6% Ryanair
15 France Switzerland, Basel/Mulhouse 104,529 Increase 10.3% easyJet Switzerland

Ground transportation[edit]


The airport metro station

The airport is served by Line E of the Porto Metro. The station has three platforms and the trains leave the arrival platform and reverse into one of the departure platforms.

The service links the airport to downtown Porto, High-Speed trains and Estádio do Dragão, and by transfer to other urban centres of Greater Porto: in Verdes station to Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim (using line B), Fonte do Cuco station to Maia (line C),Senhora da Hora station to Matosinhos (line A), Trindade station to V.N.Gaia (line D) and Estádio do Dragão to Rio Tinto/Fânzeres (line F).


STCP buses also link the airport and the city. There is also a bus that operates all night from Porto centre to the airport. Also there is a bus service to/from Vigo (Galicia/Spain) twice a day on weekdays, and once a day during the weekend.


Taxis service the city centre and there is a road link.


In 2007, the airport was voted the Best Airport in Europe in the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International. It has placed in the top three of Best Airport in Europe a further six times – second place in 2010 and third place in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013.[17][18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b ANA Aeroportos: Relatório de Gestão e Contas (2011), Lisbon, Portugal: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, 2011, p. 1115, retrieved 2 January 2014 
  2. ^ "Airport Service Quality Awards 2007". Airports Council International (ACI). 25 February 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d ANA (January 2007), p.1
  4. ^ a b c "New routes for summer 2015". Easyjet. 
  5. ^ "Porto, a new easyJet destination from Luxembourg announced". Luxemburger Wort. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "New and dropped routes". Easyjet. 
  7. ^ "Easyjet kündigt für Sommer 2015 zwei neue Verbindungen an" (in German). Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Easyjet adds 2 more routes" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
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  12. ^ "Ryanair launches Oporto - Lorient on April 4, 2015" (in Portuguese). 
  13. ^ "New Base (No.72) In The Azores". Ryanair. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
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  16. ^ Annual Traffic Statistics 2012
  17. ^ "Porto Airport once again voted 3rd best in Europe" ANA Aeroportos de Portugal Retrieved 2014-03-04
  18. ^ "Past Winners - Airports Council International" Airports Council International. Retrieved 2014-03-04

External links[edit]

Media related to Porto International Airport at Wikimedia Commons