Aeroporto Internacional de Faro
|Owner||ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.|
|Operator||ANA Aeroportos de Portugal|
|Hub for||TAP Portugal, Ryanair|
|Elevation AMSL||7 m / 23 ft|
Sources: ANA 
Faro Airport (Portuguese: Aeroporto Internacional de Faro) (IATA: FAO, ICAO: LPFR), also known as Algarve Airport, is located 4 km (2.5 mi) to the west of Faro in Portugal. The airport opened in July 1965. 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. It gets very busy during the summer months, namely from March to October, to the extent that it becomes a slot coordinated airport.
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.
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.
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.
Airlines and destinations
|Rank||Country||City||Passengers (2011)||Passengers (2010)||Change||Carriers|
|1||United Kingdom||London||1,187,220||1,147,624||3.5%||British Airways, BA CityFlyer, EasyJet, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways|
|2||United Kingdom||Manchester||341,384||281,133||21.4%||BA CityFlyer, Jet2.com, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways|
|3||Ireland||Dublin||298,532||311,118||4.0%||Aer Lingus ,Luxair, Ryanair, Thomson Airways|
|4||Netherlands||Amsterdam||228,683||199,288||14.8%||TUI Airlines Netherlands, Transavia|
|5||United Kingdom||Liverpool||224,902||176,362||27.5%||EasyJet, Ryanair|
|6||United Kingdom||Bristol||212,283||170,105||24.8%||EasyJet, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines|
|7||United Kingdom||Birmingham||210,805||198,175||6.4%||Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways|
|10||United Kingdom||Glasgow||166,828||128,454||29.9%||EasyJet, Jet2.com, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways|
|11||United Kingdom||Leeds/Bradford||128,586||116,683||10.2%||Jet2.com, Ryanair, Monarch Airlines|
|12||Belgium||Brussels||126,660||123,837||2.3%||Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium|
|13||United Kingdom||Belfast-International||126,454||145,978||13.4%||Aer Lingus, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Thomson Airways|
|14||Germany||Düsseldorf||124,518||142,787||12.8%||Air Berlin, TUIfly|
|16||France||Paris||117.044||82.785||41.4%||EasyJet, Aigle Azur|
|17||United Kingdom||Newcastle||116.080||95.465||21.6%||Easyjet, Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Accidents and incidents
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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- Parking Information
- Kiss & Fly
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