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Novo Aeroporto de Lisboa, NAL

Novo Aeroporto de Lisboa – Montijo
OwnerNovo Aeroporto, SA (NAER)
OperatorANA Aeroportos de Portugal
Elevation AMSL211-213 ft / 50-55 m
Coordinates38°45′58″N 8°43′31″W / 38.766083°N 8.725300°W / 38.766083; -8.725300Coordinates: 38°45′58″N 8°43′31″W / 38.766083°N 8.725300°W / 38.766083; -8.725300
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 7,044 2,147

New Lisbon Airport (Portuguese: Novo Aeroporto de Lisboa, NAL) is the currently planned site for construction of a new Lisbon Airport. It was originally scheduled to replace or complement the current Portela Airport by the year 2017. Following a series of delays, in 2018 the government announced a revival of the project. The airport is anticipated to be complete by 2022.


After years of debate and public consultation whether Rio Frio or Ota would be the place to build a new Lisbon airport, a new location was proposed in Alcochete and won as it was more accessible given the good infrastructure nearby, such as the Vasco da Gama Bridge. The location of Alcochete as the construction site of the future Lisbon Airport was confirmed by the Portuguese Government on 8 May 2008.[1] The estimated cost for the project is €3 billion (approximately US$4.5 billion). Construction started in late 2010 but, in May 2010, forced by the financial crisis, Prime Minister José Sócrates put the project on hold.[2]

The green field facility envisaged in the 2000s was to have four runways, and was expected to service over 50 million passengers annually.[3]

After the termination of the new airport project a plan was later put forward to keep the existing airport in service but also to convert an existing Naval Air Base in Montijo into a facility for low cost carriers. [4]

In November 2018, at an IATA congress in Madrid, Pedro Marques, Minister of Planning and Infrastructure, stated that Montijo airport would start operating by 2022.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Future Airlines and destinations


Ryanair Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bologna, Brussels, Charleroi, Carcassonne, Clermont-Ferrand, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Hahn, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Krakow, London–Stansted, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Marseille, Memmingen, Marrakech, Newcastle upon Tyne, Naples, Nuremberg, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Ponta Delgada, Porto, Rome–Ciampino, Terceira, Strasbourg, Tenerife-South, Toulouse, Warsaw–Modlin, Wrocław, Bremen (All Begin 2022)


  1. ^ Official website of the Government of Portugal about the project NAL. Retrieved 8 October 2011. (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ "Sócrates adia investimentos públicos no aeroporto de Lisboa e terceira travessia do Tejo" Archived 22 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Público, 8 May 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010. (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ "Airports of the future: 19 weird and wonderful terminals under construction". The Telegraph. 4 February 2016. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  4. ^ "New Lisbon Airport (2018)".
  5. ^ News, E. C. O. (13 November 2018). "Government aims for new airport to start operating in 2022". ECO News. Retrieved 27 December 2018.