Faro Airport

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Faro Airport
Aeroporto Internacional de Faro
Airport type Public
Owner ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.
Operator ANA Aeroportos de Portugal
Serves Faro, Portugal
Hub for TAP Portugal, Ryanair
Elevation AMSL 7 m / 23 ft
Coordinates 37°00′52″N 007°57′57″W / 37.01444°N 7.96583°W / 37.01444; -7.96583Coordinates: 37°00′52″N 007°57′57″W / 37.01444°N 7.96583°W / 37.01444; -7.96583
Website ana.pt
LPFR is located in Portugal
Location within Portugal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,490 8,169 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft Movements 53,427
Passengers 7,632,857
Sources: ANA [1]

Faro Airport (Portuguese: Aeroporto Internacional de Faro) (IATA: FAOICAO: LPFR), also known as Algarve Airport, is located 4 km (2.5 mi) to the west[1] of Faro in Portugal. The airport opened in July 1965.[2] A total of 6.4 million passengers used Faro airport in 2015. The airport became a hub for the first time in March 2010, when Ryanair decided to base seven of its aircraft there.[3] It gets very busy during the summer months, namely from March to October, to the extent that it becomes a slot coordinated airport.[4]


Faro Airport is capable of handling six million passengers a year. There are 22 stands of which 16 are remote, with 60 check-in desks and 36 boarding gates.[4]

Since its opening in 1966 Faro airport has had two major developments: the new passenger terminal building in 1989, and its enlargement in 2001. Faced with growing traffic demand and passenger safety and satisfaction needs, the development plan for 2009–2013 saw Faro airport undergo extensive improvements to runway and infrastructure, as well as a widespread renovation of the airport terminal and commercial areas.[citation needed]

Along with the airports in Lisbon, Porto, Ponta Delgada, Santa Maria, Horta, Flores, Madeira, and Porto Santo, the airport's concessions to provide support to civil aviation were conceded to ANA Aeroportos de Portugal on 18 December 1998, under provisions of decree 404/98. With this concession, ANA became responsible for the planning, development and construction of future infrastructure.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Check-in area
The forecourt of the arrivals hall
Terminal building
Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Belfast-City, Cork, Shannon
Aigle Azur Seasonal: Paris-Orly
Air Transat Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
Azores Airlines Seasonal: Ponta Delgada
British Airways London-Gatwick
Seasonal: London-Heathrow
British Airways
operated by BA CityFlyer
Seasonal: London-City, London-Stansted
Seasonal charter: Edinburgh
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Corendon Airlines Brussels
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen
easyJet Belfast-International, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Southend, Lyon, Newcastle upon Tyne, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Toulouse
Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld, Lille, Nice
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw-Chopin, Wrocław[6]
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Munich ,[7] Stuttgart, Vienna
Seasonal: Hamburg
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Hannover[8]
Flybe Seasonal: Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Exeter, Southampton
Germania Seasonal: Dresden [9], Erfurt/Weimar [9], Münster/Osnabrück,[9] Nuremberg
Seasonal charter: Jersey[citation needed]
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Madrid
Jet Time Seasonal: Helsinki
Jet2.com London-Stansted
Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Seasonal charter: Dublin[10]
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester
Niki Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Vienna
Norwegian Air Shuttle Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Copenhagen, London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen
Primera Air Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm-Arlanda
Ryanair Beauvais, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Hahn, Hamburg, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Marseille Memmingen, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newquay, Porto, Prestwick, Weeze
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast International, Bremen, Cardiff,[11] Cologne/Bonn, Cork, Kerry, Knock, Shannon, Warsaw-Modlin
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Tallinn, Vilnius
operated by Travel Service
Seasonal: Lille
Seasonal charter: Brno, Ostrava, Prague
TAP Portugal Lisbon
Thomas Cook Airlines Birmingham, Manchester
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Exeter, Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted,Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Dublin[citation needed]
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Munich (ends 28 October 2017), Paris-Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague
Seasonal: Groningen
Transavia France Seasonal: Lyon, Nantes
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam
Volotea Seasonal: Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest


Busiest routes from Faro Airport[12] [13]
Rank Country City Passengers (2011) Passengers (2010) Change Carriers
1  United Kingdom England London 1,187,220 1,147,624 Increase03.5% British Airways, BA CityFlyer, EasyJet, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways
2  United Kingdom  Manchester 341,384 281,133 Increase021.4% BA CityFlyer, Jet2.com, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways
3  Ireland Leinster Dublin 298,532 311,118 Decrease04.0% Aer Lingus ,Luxair, Ryanair, Thomson Airways
4  Netherlands  Amsterdam 228,683 199,288 Increase014.8% TUI Airlines Netherlands, Transavia
5  United Kingdom Lancashire Liverpool 224,902 176,362 Increase027.5% EasyJet, Ryanair
6  United Kingdom England Bristol 212,283 170,105 Increase024.8% EasyJet, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines
7  United Kingdom West Midlands (county) Birmingham 210,805 198,175 Increase06.4% Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways
8  Portugal Lisbon Lisbon 185,491 176,629 Increase05.0% TAP Portugal
9  United Kingdom Nottinghamshire Nottingham 171,746 147,142 Increase017.6%
10  United Kingdom Scotland Glasgow 166,828 128,454 Increase029.9% EasyJet, Jet2.com, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways
11  United Kingdom Yorkshire Leeds/Bradford 128,586 116,683 Increase010.2% Jet2.com, Ryanair, Monarch Airlines
12  Belgium  Brussels 126,660 123,837 Increase02.3% Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium
13  United Kingdom Ulster Belfast-International 126,454 145,978 Decrease013.4% Aer Lingus, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Thomson Airways
14  Germany North Rhine-Westphalia Düsseldorf 124,518 142,787 Decrease012.8% Air Berlin, TUIfly
15  Portugal Porto Porto 118,688 101,933 Increase016.4% Ryanair
16  France  Paris 117.044 82.785 Increase041.4% EasyJet, Aigle Azur
17  United Kingdom Northumberland Newcastle 116.080 95.465 Increase021.6% Easyjet, Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways
18  Germany Hesse Frankfurt 114.397 114.351 0.0% Lufthansa, TUIfly
19  Netherlands  Rotterdam 107.599 100.040 Increase07.6% Transavia
20  Netherlands  Eindhoven 105.805 76.064 Increase039.1% Ryanair, Transavia

Ground transport[edit]


The airport is close to the A22 highway, with connections throughout the Algarve and direct to Lisbon and Spain. Faro airport has 3 different car parking areas. The closet parking area is called “Parking P0 / P1 – Classic”, used for short-term visitors, while parking areas P2 and P3 are used for longer term car storage.[14]

Kiss and Fly is the name for a form of fast parking at the airport. You can drive to the airport to pick up or drop someone off free of charge for up to ten minutes. To drop off passengers, you can stop at the departures curbside and to pick up passengers, you enter the P2 Car Park.[15]


Airport bus routes 14 and 16 run each day between Faro Airport and Faro city centre bus station. From the bus station there are connections to most other Portuguese cities as well as to many Spanish destinations. The airport bus route is currently run by a company called "Proximo".


The nearest railway station is Faro station which is about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) away. There is no official shuttle between the airport and the railway station, however a taxi journey is estimated to take about 10 mins to complete.


Public taxis are available from the airport and operate 24/7. There are several taxi ranks which you can use to hire a taxi from, or you can use a free phone inside the airport to call a taxi. The majority of curbsidetaxis at the airport will only carry up to four passengers; if you require a bigger taxi, it is best to use to the phone inside.

Car Rentals[edit]

There are quite a few car rental companies that can provide car hire service from the Airport. These companies are mainly located at "Parking P4 - Car Hire". Car hire can also be arranged from within the airport.


In 2012 Airports Council International gave Faro Airport the title of Best Improvement in Europe.[16]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 21 December 1992, Martinair Flight 495 sustained a hard landing in bad weather at Faro Airport, killing 54 passengers and two crew out of a total of 340 people on board.[17]
  • On 29 December 2009, the terminal building flooded due to severe weather and leaks in the roof. This caused many problems inside the terminal; no flights were cancelled, although some passengers were unable to check in due to the flooding.[citation needed]
  • On 24 October 2011, an overnight storm had collapsed portions of terminal roofs and blown out most windows in the control tower. Four people were slightly injured, and one severely.[18]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Faro Airport at Wikimedia Commons