Porto Airport

Coordinates: 41°14′08″N 008°40′41″W / 41.23556°N 8.67806°W / 41.23556; -8.67806
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Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport

Aeroporto Sá Carneiro
Airport typePublic
OwnerVinci Group
OperatorANA Aeroportos de Portugal
ServesPorto, Portugal
Location11 km (6.8 mi) NW of Porto
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL69 m / 226 ft
Coordinates41°14′08″N 008°40′41″W / 41.23556°N 8.67806°W / 41.23556; -8.67806
LPPR is located in Portugal
Location in Portugal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 3,480 11,417 Asphalt
Statistics (2023)
Passengers change 22-23Increase 20.3%
Aircraft Movements101,710
Movements change 22-23Increase 13.0%
Sources: ANAC, [1], Vinci[1] ANA Relatório Contas 2013

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (IATA: OPO, ICAO: LPPR) or simply Porto Airport (formerly Pedras Rubras Airport) is an international airport near Porto (Oporto), Portugal. It is located 11 km (6.8 mi) northwest of the Clérigos Tower (in the centre of Porto). Its location is split between the municipalities of Maia, Matosinhos and Vila do Conde. The airport is run by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal and is currently the second-busiest in the country, based on aircraft operations; and the second-busiest in passengers, based on Aeroportos de Portugal traffic statistics, after Lisbon Airport and before Faro Airport. The airport is a base for easyJet, Ryanair, TAP Air Portugal and its subsidiary TAP Express.


The airport is surrounded by the municipalities of Matosinhos (to the south and west) and Vila do Conde (to the north) and Maia (to the east). It covers the parishes of Santa Cruz do Bispo, Perafita and Lavra (in Matosinhos); Aveleda and Vilar do Pinheiro (Vila do Conde); and Vila Nova da Telha and Moreira (Maia).[2] It includes an area of between 72 metres (236 ft) in the extreme south and 43 metres (141 ft) in the north.[2][clarification needed] The southern portion of the airport intersects the hydrographic watershed of the Leça River, while the north is crossed by effluents of Onda River.[2]


The airport around Porto opened in 1945 and was initially known as Pedras Rubras Airport, after the name for the locality where the airport is located: Pedras Rubras ("red rocks"). It is still known by this name in the region. The land on which the airport was built was originally agricultural, characterised by rich soils that permitted the cultivation of various cereals.[2]

It was renamed in 1990 after former Portuguese prime minister, Francisco de Sá Carneiro, who died in a plane crash when he was traveling to this airport on 4 December 1980.[3]

Along with the airports in Lisbon, Faro, 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.[3]

A new terminal building, designed by Portuguese firm ICQ, was built between 2003 and 2006, and became operational in the last quarter of 2006.[4]

Porto Airport reached ten million passengers in a year for the first time on 6 December 2017.[5][better source needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


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

Aegean Airlines Athens
Air Albania Seasonal charter: Tirana[6][7]
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Horizont[8] Seasonal charter: Djerba,[9] Monastir (begins 10 June 2024),[10] Nador,[8] Olbia,[9] Oujda (begins 15 June 2024)[11]
Air Nostrum Seasonal charter: Alicante,[12] Almería,[12] Fuerteventura,[12] Girona (begins 16 July 2024),[13] Gran Canaria,[12] Lanzarote,[12] Menorca,[12] Murcia (begins 16 July 2024),[14] Oujda,[15] Palma de Mallorca,[12] Reus,[12] Tenerife–South (begins 1 July 2024)[16]
Air Serbia Belgrade[17]
Air Transat Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[18]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna[19]
Azores Airlines Boston (begins 4 June 2024),[20] New York–JFK (begins 3 June 2024),[20] Ponta Delgada, Terceira, Toronto–Pearson (begins 1 June 2024)[20]
British Airways London–Gatwick[21]
Brussels Airlines Brussels
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Bordeaux, Bristol, Funchal, Geneva, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid (ends 29 November 2024), Manchester, Marrakech,[22] Milan–Malpensa, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pisa,[22] Prague, Sal, Toulouse, Zürich
Seasonal: Berlin, Glasgow,[23] Ibiza, Menorca (begins 25 June 2024),[24] Naples,[25][26] Palermo,[26] Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Orly,[27] Porto Santo
Eurowings Berlin,[28] Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Hamburg, Stuttgart
Iberia Madrid
Iberojet Seasonal charter: Cancún,[29] Punta Cana,[30] Varna[31]
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham (begins 27 March 2025),[32] Manchester (begins 4 July 2024)[33]
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen,[34] Oslo[35]
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Djerba,[36] Monastir[37]
Play Seasonal: Reykjavik–Keflavík
Privilege Style Seasonal charter: Porto Santo[38]
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca[39]
Ryanair Alicante, Barcelona, Beauvais, Belfast–International,[40] Bergamo, Berlin, Birmingham, Bologna, Bordeaux, Bristol,[41] Brive, Brussels, Budapest, Châlons-Vatry, Charleroi, Clermont-Ferrand, Cologne/Bonn, Dole, Dortmund, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Faro, Funchal,[42] Hahn,[43] Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Krakow, La Rochelle, Leeds/Bradford,[44] Lille, London–Stansted, Luxembourg, Maastricht/Aachen, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakech, Marseille, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa, Nîmes,[44] Ponta Delgada, Rome–Ciampino (ends 26 October 2024),[45] Rome–Fiumicino (begins 27 October 2024),[46] Seville, Stockholm–Arlanda,[44] Strasbourg, Tangier,[47] Tenerife–South, Terceira, Toulouse, Tours, Treviso, Turin,[44] Valencia, Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin, Wrocław
Seasonal: Agadir,[48] Bari,[48][43] Billund,[49][48] Bremen, Cagliari, Carcassonne, Castellón,[44] Copenhagen, Gran Canaria,[48] Ibiza,[50] Liverpool, Nuremberg,[51] Palma de Mallorca, Shannon,[52] Trapani,[53] Verona, Weeze
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen[54]
Smartwings Seasonal charter: Boa Vista (begins 25 June 2024),[55] Dakar–Diass (resumes 3 June 2024),[56] Djerba (begins 20 June 2024),[57] Menorca (begins 13 June 2024),[58] Porto Santo (begins 2 June 2024),[59] Sal (begins 25 June 2024)[55]
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
TAAG Angola Airlines Seasonal: Luanda[60][61]
TAP Air Portugal Funchal, Geneva, Lisbon, Luanda,[62] London–Gatwick, Luxembourg, Newark, Paris–Orly, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Zürich
Seasonal: Ponta Delgada
Transavia Amsterdam, Brest,[63] Funchal,[64] Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Ponta Delgada[65]
TUI Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick (begins 2 May 2025)[66]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark
Volotea Lyon,[67] Nantes[68]
Seasonal: Bilbao
Vueling Barcelona, Bilbao, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Ibiza, Tenerife–North
Wizz Air Milan–Malpensa,[69] Rome Fiumicino
Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin
World2Fly Seasonal charter: Punta Cana[70][71]


UPS Airlines[72] Cologne/Bonn


Airport terminal check-in hall.
Airport terminal arrivals area.
Aerial view of the airport terminal.
Control tower.

Passenger numbers[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at OPO airport. See Wikidata query.
Passengers % Change
2001 2,771,169
2002 2,642,420 Decrease 4.6%
2003 2,675,823 Increase 1.3%
2004 2,960,553 Increase 10.6%
2005 3,108,271 Increase 5.0%
2006 3,402,763 Increase 9.5%
2007 3,986,860 Increase 17.2%
2008 4,534,829 Increase 13.7%
2009 4,508,533 Decrease 0.6%
2010 5,279,716 Increase 17.1%
2011 6,004,500 Increase 13.7%
2012 6,051,081 Increase 0.8%
2013 6,374,045 Increase 5.3%
2014 6,932,614 Increase 8.8%
2015 8,088,907 Increase 16.7%
2016 9,378,206 Increase 15.9%
2017 10,790,271 Increase 15.1%
2018 11,942,333 Increase 10.7%
2019 13,112,453 Increase 9.8%
2020 4,436,370 Decrease 66.2%
2021 5,841,819 Increase 31.7%
2022 12,637,645 Increase 116.3%
2023 15,205,000 Increase 20.3%
Jan–Mar 2024 3,134,000 Increase 7.3%
Source: Pordata[73] Vinci[1] INE[74]

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest routes from Porto Airport (2019)[75]
Rank City, airport Passengers %
Top carriers
1 Lisboa 1,010,696 Decrease 10.9% TAP Air Portugal
2 Madrid 969,724 Increase 28.1% Air Europa, Iberia, Ryanair
3 Paris-Orly 956,886 Decrease 4.8% TAP Air Portugal, Transavia, Vueling
4 Geneva 693,892 Increase 0.7% EasyJet, Swiss International Air Lines
5 Barcelona 692,305 Increase 16.9% Ryanair, Vueling
6 Frankfurt 453,082 Increase 1.6% Lufthansa, Ryanair
7 Funchal 436,849 Increase 13.9% EasyJet, TAP Air Portugal
8 London-Gatwick 387,354 Increase 5.9% EasyJet, TAP Air Portugal
9 London-Stansted 348,735 Increase 8.3% Ryanair
10 Brussels 348,262 Increase 25.2% Brussels Airlines, Ryanair

Ground transport[edit]

Besides taxi services and the road link, there are several public transportation links available:


The airport's metro station

The airport is served by Line E of the Porto Metro. The station has three platforms and the trains leave the arrival platform and reverse into one of the departure platforms.

The service links the airport to Porto city center and by transfer in Trindade station to high-speed trains at Campanhã, and other urban centres of Greater Porto: in Verdes station to Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim (using line B), Fonte do Cuco station to Maia (line C), Senhora da Hora station to Matosinhos (line A), and Trindade station to V.N.Gaia (line D) and to Rio Tinto/Fânzeres (line F).


Sá Carneiro airport is accessible via the A41 and A28 motorways, but also the EN13 highway (using the EN107 accessway). These roadways lead to drop-off and pick-up areas and short and long-stay car parks. It can also be reached by the A4 motorway through the VRI accessway.


STCP buses also link the airport and the city. There is also a bus that operates all night from Porto city centre to the airport. Also there is a bus service to/from Vigo (Galicia/Spain) twice a day on weekdays, and once a day during the weekend.


The GetBUS shuttle provides 50 min direct connections to the towns of Braga and Guimarães.

Further proposals[edit]

The proposed Porto–Vigo high-speed rail line would be built via the airport.[76]


Airports Council International Airport Service Quality Awards voted the airport Best Airport in Europe in 2007. Additionally, it has placed in the top three of Best Airport in Europe a further nine times – winning second place in 2010, and third place in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.[77][better source needed][78]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


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External links[edit]

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