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Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport

Aeroporto Sá Carneiro
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Airport typePublic
OwnerVinci Group
OperatorANA Aeroportos de Portugal
ServesPorto, Portugal
Location11 km (6.8 mi) NW of Porto
Hub forTAP Air Portugal
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL69 m / 226 ft
Coordinates41°14′08″N 008°40′41″W / 41.23556°N 8.67806°W / 41.23556; -8.67806Coordinates: 41°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 (2019)
Passengers change 18-19Increase9.8%
Aircraft Movements96,537
Movements change 18-19Increase 4.9%

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, in the municipalities of Maia, Matosinhos and Vila do Conde and is run by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal. The airport 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).[1] It includes an area of between 72 metres (236 ft) in the extreme south and 43 metres (141 ft) in the north.[1] The southern portion of the airport intersects the hydrographic watershed of the Leça River, while the north is crossed by effluents of Onda River.[1]


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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[2]

A new terminal building, designed by Portuguese firm ICQ, was built between 2003 and 2006, and became operational in the last quarter of 2006.[3]

Porto Airport reached ten million passenger per year for the first time on 6 December 2017.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


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

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Transat Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Azores Airlines Ponta Delgada, Terceira
Blue Air Seasonal: Bucharest
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, Bordeaux, Bristol, Funchal, Geneva, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Rennes, Toulouse, Zürich
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn (ends 30 September 2022), Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Prague (ends 29 October 2022), Porto Santo
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Flyr Seasonal: Oslo
Iberia Madrid
Iberojet Seasonal charter: Punta Cana[4]
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Ryanair Agadir, Alicante, Barcelona, Bari,[5] Beauvais, Bergamo, Bergerac, Berlin, Billund,[6] Birmingham, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brive, Brussels, Budapest, Châlons-Vatry, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Faro, Funchal,[7] Gran Canaria, Hahn,[5] Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Krakow, Lille, London–Stansted, Luxembourg, Maastricht-Aachen (resumes 31 October 2022), Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakech, Marseille, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa, Ponta Delgada, Rome–Ciampino, Seville, Strasbourg (resumes 1 November 2022),[8] Tenerife–South, Terceira, Treviso, Toulouse, Tours, Valencia, Verona, Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin
Seasonal: Bremen, Cagliari, Carcassonne, Clermont-Ferrand, Dole, Fez, La Rochelle, Liverpool, Nuremberg,[9] Palma de Mallorca, Weeze
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
TAP Air Portugal Funchal, Geneva, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Luxembourg, Newark, Paris–Orly, Ponta Delgada, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Zürich
Transavia Amsterdam, Funchal, Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Brest, Ponta Delgada[10]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark[11]
Volotea Bilbao
Vueling Barcelona, Bilbao, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Ibiza,[12] Tenerife–North
Wizz Air Budapest, London–Luton
Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa, Warsaw–Chopin
World2Fly Seasonal charter: Punta Cana[13][14]


UPS Airlines[15] Cologne/Bonn


Annual passenger traffic at OPO airport. See source Wikidata query.
Busiest routes from Porto Airport (2019)[16]
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.[17]


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.[18][19]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]



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  2. ^ a b "The history of Porto Airport - Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport". 1 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Francisco SA Carneiro (Oporto) Airport Expansion, Porto".
  4. ^ https://www.aviacionline.com/2022/07/iberojet-inaugurates-flights-between-porto-and-punta-cana/[bare URL]
  5. ^ a b "Ryanair".
  6. ^ "Ryanair åbner seks nye ruter fra Billund i 2022". 10 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Ryanair vai da Madeira para 10 cidades da Europa a 29,99 euros". 23 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Rayanir website". Ryanair.com.[not specific enough to verify]
  9. ^ "Ryanair Delivers Tourism Recovery at Nuremberg Airport | Ryanair's Corporate Website".
  10. ^ "Transavia anuncia nova rota entre Porto e Ponta Delgada".
  11. ^ https://www.united.com/en/us[bare URL]
  12. ^ https://www.vueling.com/en/book-your-flight/new-routes[bare URL]
  13. ^ "World2fly expands its operations in Portugal". 22 March 2022.
  14. ^ "World2Fly Schedules Orlando Sanford Charters June - August 2022".
  15. ^ airlineroutemaps.com retrieved 23 August 2020
  16. ^ "Eurostat Data Explorer". Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  17. ^ "€10.5bn for rail in Portuguese 10-year investment plan". International Railway Journal. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Porto Airport voted best in Europe in category of 5 to 15 million passengers" ANA Aeroportos de Portugal Retrieved 2017-06-18
  19. ^ "Past Winners - Airports Council International" Airports Council International. Retrieved 2014-03-04
  20. ^ Donn, Natasha (6 May 2021). "Boeing plane authorised for takeoff at Porto airport when vehicle was on runway". Portugal Resident. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  21. ^ "VASAviation - - YouTube". YouTube.
  22. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Boeing B737 TAKES OFF WHILE A VEHICLE IS ON THE RUNWAY!". YouTube.


External links[edit]

Media related to Porto International Airport at Wikimedia Commons