Faro Airport

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Faro Airport

Aeroporto Internacional de Faro
Faro airport logo.png
Faro Aiport 5.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerVinci Group
OperatorANA Aeroportos de Portugal
ServesFaro, Algarve, Portugal
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL7 m / 24 ft
Coordinates37°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
LPFR is located in Portugal
Location within Portugal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,490 8,169 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers change 18-19Increase 3.7%
Aircraft Movements58,788
Movements change 18-19Increase 2.5%
Sources: ANAC,[2] ANA,[3][4] WAD[5]

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[6] of Faro in Portugal. The airport opened in July 1965.[7] A total of 9.0 million passengers used Faro airport in 2019. The airport became a hub for the first time in March 2010, when Ryanair decided to base seven of its aircraft there.[8] It is very busy from March to October, to the extent that it becomes a slot coordinated airport.[9]


Aerial view
Arrivals area
Terminal building
Terminal building

Faro International Airport is located 4 km from Faro, the capital city of Algarve in Portugal. Situated in the southern coast of Portugal, the airport was constructed during the 1960s and inaugurated in 1965. The Portuguese Government was the owner of Faro airport until the 2010s when Vinci Group became its owner. The national airport authority ANA Aeroportos de Portugal has been its operator. 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.[10]

Since its opening in 1966 to the 2000s, 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.[11] The airport authority announced an expansion programme for Faro airport in February 2010. Phase I of the expansion started in 2010 and was completed by 2011. Phase II began in 2011 and was completed by 2013. Faro International Airport handled 5,447,200 passengers and recorded 39,789 aircraft movements in 2008. When the Phase II expansion was completed, the annual capacity of the airport increased from six million to eight million passengers. Passengers handled per hour increased to 3,000, the number of aircraft handled per hour increased to 30, and aircraft parking bays increased from 22 to 33. Additional shops and waiting areas were constructed as part of the expansion. In Phase I, new aircraft stands and taxiways were planned to be constructed. A new instrument landing system (ILS) was installed at the runway along with the installation of a glide reflection mirror. The security area at the runway was also expanded. Phase II involved the renovation of the passenger terminal and the improvement of the landside access.[12]

As of 2019, Faro Airport is capable of handling nine million passengers a year. There are 22 stands of which 16 are remote, with 60 check-in desks and 36 boarding gates.[9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled direct passenger flights at Faro Airport:

Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Cork
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle[13]
Air Transat Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Albastar Seasonal charter: Derry (begins 29 June 2022)[14]
British Airways London–Heathrow
Seasonal: London-City, Southampton
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich
Corendon Airlines Brussels
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen
easyJet Amsterdam, Basel/Mulhouse, Belfast–International, Berlin, Bordeaux, Bristol, Geneva, Glasgow, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Nantes[15]
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Munich, Stockholm–Arlanda (begins 27 March 2022),[16] Stuttgart
Seasonal: Hamburg, Prague (begins 31 March 2022)[17]
Green Airlines Seasonal: Groningen[18]
Iberia Regional Seasonal: Madrid
Jet2.com Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Bristol,[19] Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo
Ryanair Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Glasgow–Prestwick, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden,[20] Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Luxembourg (begins 29 March 2022),[21] Manchester, Marseille, Newcastle upon Tyne, Porto, Vienna, Weeze
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Bordeaux, Cardiff, Cork, Hamburg (resumes 27 March 2022),[22] Kerry, Knock, London–Luton, Memmingen, Newquay, Shannon, Teesside,[23] Warsaw–Modlin
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Oslo[24]
Smartwings Seasonal: Katowice,[25] Prague, Warsaw–Chopin[25]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva[26]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Lyon, Montpellier,[27] Nantes, Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague
TUI Airways[28] London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Birmingham, Doncaster/Sheffield (begins 1 May 2022),[28] East Midlands, Newcastle upon Tyne
TUI fly Belgium[29] Seasonal: Brussels, Lille[29]
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Stuttgart
Volotea Seasonal: Bilbao,[30] Bordeaux, Lyon,[31] Madrid,[31] Marseille, Nantes
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona
Wizz Air Cardiff,[32] Doncaster/Sheffield,[33] London–Luton,[34] Rome-Fiumicino,[35] Vienna


Annual passenger traffic at FAO airport. See source Wikidata query.
Busiest routes from Faro Airport (2019)[36]
Rank City, airport Passengers %
Top carriers
1 London-Gatwick 714,769 Increase 0.3% British Airways, easyJet, TUI Airways
2 Dublin 538,500 Increase 2.3% Aer Lingus, Ryanair
3 Manchester 531,253 Increase 12.0% easyJet, Jet2.com, Ryanair, TUI Airways
4 London–Stansted 400,723 Increase 8.6% Jet2.com, Ryanair, TUI Airways
5 Bristol 308,963 Increase 2.1% easyJet, Ryanair, TUI Airways
6 Lisboa 291,151 Decrease 8% TAP Air Portugal
7 Birmingham 288,965 Increase 11.0% Jet2.com, Ryanair, TUI Airways
8 London-Luton 285,236 Decrease 1.8% easyJet, Ryanair, Wizz Air
9 Amsterdam 258,293 Decrease 6.7% Corendon Dutch Airlines, Transavia
10 East Midlands 255,516 Increase 3.2% Jet2.com, Ryanair, TUI Airways

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 closest 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.[citation needed]

Kiss and Fly is the name for a form of fast parking at the airport. One can drive to the airport to pick up or drop someone off free of charge for up to ten minutes. To drop off passengers, one can stop at the departures curbside and to pick up passengers, you enter the P2 Car Park.[37]


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 5.7 kilometres (3.5 mi) away and is located close to Faro city centre bus station.[38] A study into a rail link to the airport was undertaken in 2018.[39]


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 the phone inside.

Ride hailing[edit]

Ride hailing companies' services are widely available in the area.

Car rentals[edit]

There are all major car rental companies, in the arrivals area, that can provide car hire service from the Airport. Companies without an airport desk are located at "Parking P4 - Car Hire".


In 2012, Airports Council International gave Faro Airport the title of Best Improvement in Europe.[40][circular reference]

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.[41]
  • On 24 October 2011, an overnight storm collapsed portions of terminal roofs and blew out most windows in the control tower. Four people were slightly injured, one severely.[42]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "EasyJet opens Faro summer base".
  2. ^ "Boletins Estatísticos Trimestrais" [Quarterly Statistical Bulletins]. ANAC (in Portuguese). Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority.
  3. ^ Annual Report 2019 (PDF), Lisbon: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, 28 January 2020
  4. ^ "Aeroportos portugueses com o maior crescimento de sempre" [Portuguese airports with the highest growth ever] (Press release) (in Portuguese). ANA Aeroportos de Portugal. 7 January 2016. Archived from the original on 15 February 2016.
  5. ^ "FARO". World Aero Data. WorldAeroData.com. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  6. ^ AIP Part 3 – AD 2 Aerodromes Archived 15 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Official Ryanair website - Cheap flights from Ireland - Ryanair".
  9. ^ a b "Faro Airport (FAO) - Unserved Routes in the Route Shop".
  10. ^ "The history of Porto Airport - Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport". Porto-Airport-Car-Rental.com. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Faro International Airport Terminal Expansion". Airport Technology. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Faro International Airport - Airport Technology".
  13. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air France S20 Spain/Portugal network additions". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  14. ^ https://nitravelnews.com/news/major-new-route-announcement-majorca-and-algarve-direct-from-city-of-derry/
  15. ^ https://www.easyjet.com/en/cheap-flights/timetables
  16. ^ https://newscloud.eurowings.com/de/meldungen/2021/q3/eurowings-eroeffnet-basis-in-schweden.html
  17. ^ https://www.aviation24.be/airports/prague-airport-prg/eurowings-expands-in-prague-with-new-summer-destinations-for-2022/
  18. ^ "Green Airlines takes off this summer from Groningen Airport Eelde". 28 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Jet2's Bristol Airport base will bring 450,000-holiday seats". ukaviation.news. 11 November 2020.
  20. ^ https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en
  21. ^ https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en
  22. ^ https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en
  23. ^ https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en
  24. ^ "SAS S19 European network additions". Routesonline.
  25. ^ a b Liu, Jim. "Smartwings schedules seasonal routes from Poland in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Swiss ouvre cinq routes estivales à Genève | Air Journal". www.air-journal.fr.
  27. ^ Liu, Jim (3 December 2019). "Transavia France launches Montpellier base in April 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  28. ^ a b "Flight Timetable". tui.co.uk.
  29. ^ a b "Flight plan". tui.be.
  30. ^ https://m.europapress.es/euskadi/noticia-volotea-lanza-dos-nuevas-rutas-conectara-bilbao-faro-gibraltar-20210325152112.html
  31. ^ a b Liu, Jim. "Volotea S20 new routes as of 29NOV19". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  32. ^ https://www.cardiff-airport.com/news/2020/12/03/wizz-air-announces-further-uk-expansion-with-new-base-at-cardiff-airport/
  33. ^ "Wizz Air announces new base and major expansion at Doncaster Sheffield Airport". Wizzair.com. 13 August 2020.
  34. ^ Liu, Jim. "Wizz Air S20 new routes addition as of 09JUN20". Routesonline. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  35. ^ https://www.wetravel.biz/2021/05/13/wizz-air-apre-base-a-roma-fiumicino/
  36. ^ "Eurostat Data Explorer". Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  37. ^ Portugal, ANA - Aeroportos de (8 July 2016). "Kiss & Fly - Faro Airport". AeroportoFaro.pt. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  38. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps.
  39. ^ "Studies to be carried out on rail link to Faro Airport". The Portugal News. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  40. ^ List of Airport Service Quality Award winners#5-15 million
  41. ^ "Final Report on the Accident Occurring at Faro Airport - Portugal on 21 December 1992" (PDF).
  42. ^ "Storm damages Faro airport, snarls flights". portugaldailyview.com. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.

External links[edit]

Media related to Faro Airport at Wikimedia Commons