Beja Airport

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Beja Airport
Aeroporto de Beja
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Portugal
Operator ANA Aeroportos de Portugal
Serves Beja, Portugal
Elevation AMSL 636 ft / 194 m
Coordinates 38°04′44″N 007°55′57″W / 38.07889°N 7.93250°W / 38.07889; -7.93250Coordinates: 38°04′44″N 007°55′57″W / 38.07889°N 7.93250°W / 38.07889; -7.93250
LPBJ is located in Portugal
Location within Portugal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01L/19R 3,450 11,319 Asphalt
01R/19L 2,951 9,682 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 1.166
Passengers change 16-17 Increase350,2%
Movements 42
Movements change 16-17 Increase23.5%
Sources: Portuguese AIP, ANA Aeroportos de Portugal [1]

Beja Airport (Portuguese: Aeroporto de Beja; IATA: BYJ, ICAO: LPBJ) is a Portuguese airport[1] that opened doors to civilian flights on April 15, 2011.


Beja Airport, located 9 km (5.6 mi) northwest of Beja,[1] is 150 km (93 mi) away from Lisbon, 120 kilometres (75 mi) from Faro and less than 60 km (37 mi) from Spain. Beja (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbɛʒɐ]) is a city in the Beja Municipality in the Alentejo Region, Portugal. The municipality has a total area of 1,147.1 km2 (442.9 sq mi) and a total population of 34,970 inhabitants. The city proper has a population of 21,658.


An airbase was established on 21 October 1964, originally built to serve as a training facility for the West German Air Force, due to airspace limitations within West Germany. Until 1993 it was used particularly for weapons training, and in 1987 the Portuguese Air Force's 103 Squadron and its Lockheed T-33 and Northrop T-38 aircraft was relocated from Montijo. [2][citation needed] After their arrival, the base started to host a mixed array of fixed and rotary-wing trainers, as well as maritime patrol aircraft.

Along with the airports in Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal (Madeira), Porto Santo, 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.[3] With this concession, ANA was also provided to the planning, development and construction of future infrastructures.[3]

In 2011 a new civilian terminal was built and Beja became a dual-use military-civilian airport, aiming to attract low cost carriers. The inaugural flight to Praia, Cape Verde, took place on 13 April 2011.[4] There were also charter flights to the United Kingdom.

In spite of being the only Portuguese airport in Alentejo—the biggest Portuguese region, with an area comparable to the size of Belgium—the airport failed to attract the attention of low-cost carriers and has never had any scheduled regular flights. As of September 2012, plans to reconvert it into cargo use are under discussion. It may possibly be a logistics platform between the goods that are shipped to the nearby Port of Sines and the whole of Europe. On September 2013, it was announced that Aigle Azur would start seasonal flights from Paris to the airport. As of September 2012, the future of the airport remains uncertain. The authorities are studying the possibility of reconverting the airport to cargo use.

While the airport has no scheduled passenger flights, it is used by Hi Fly and its Maltese subsidiary for parking aircraft. A related sister company is also building a new hangar at the airport for the maintenance of both Hi Fly planes and third-party Airbus aircraft, supplementing its operations at Humberto Delgado Airport.[5]

Airlines and destnations[edit]

Aigle Azur Seasonal Charter: Paris–Orly
Air Horizont Seasonal Charter: Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South
ASL Airlines France Seasonal Charter: Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Evelop Airlines Seasonal Charter:Mahon,[6] Palma de Mallorca,[7] Tenerife-South (begins 2 July 2018)[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c AIP Part 3 - AD 2 Aerodromes Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine. [1][2]
  2. ^ Beja Airport (2018). "Beja Airport | Landmark | -NA-". Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b ANA Aeroportos: Relatório de Gestão e Contas (2011) (PDF), Lisbon, Portugal: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, 2011, p. 1115, archived from the original (PDF) on 2 January 2014, retrieved 2 January 2014 
  4. ^ Aeroporto de Beja: voo inaugural é hoje Archived January 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Governo Civil de Beja, April 2011. Retrieved June 2012
  5. ^ "BEJA WILL HAVE A NEW HANGAR FOR AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE". 16 November 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Evelop adds Spain – Portugal links in S18, Routes Online, 02.06.2018
  7. ^ Evelop adds Spain – Portugal links in S18, Routes Online, 02.06.2018
  8. ^ Evelop adds Spain – Portugal links in S18, Routes Online, 02.06.2018

External links[edit]

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