Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport

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Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport
Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro
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Airport type Public
Owner Government of Portugal.
Operator ANA Aeroportos de Portugal
Serves Porto, Portugal
Hub for TAP Portugal
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 69 m / 226 ft
Coordinates 41°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 (2014)
Aircraft Movements 63,943
Passengers 6,932,756

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (IATA: OPOICAO: LPPR) or simply Porto 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 Portela Airport and before Faro Airport. The airport is a base for easyJet, Ryanair, TAP Portugal and its subsidiary Portugália.


Initially the airport was known as Pedras Rubras Airport, after the local name for the place where the airport came to be: Pedras Rubras ("red rocks"). The lands on which the airport was built were originally agricultural, characterized by rich soils that permitted cultivation of various cereals.[1]

It was renamed in 1990 for former Portuguese prime minister, Francisco de Sá Carneiro, who was killed in an airplane crash as he was heading to this airport.

Along with the airports in Lisbon, Horta, Faro, Flores, Santa Maria, Ponta Delgada and Beja, the airport's concessions to provide support to civil aviation was conceded to ANA Aeroportos de Portugal on 18 December 1998, under provisions of decree 404/98.[2] With this concession, ANA was also provided to the planning, development and construction of future infrastructures.[2]

On 25 February 2008, Airports Council International (ACI) announced that according to its 2007 Airport Service Quality Survey, Porto placed first overall in Europe for service and placed fourth among airports worldwide having fewer than 5 million passengers.[3]

Porto Airport reached its six millionth passenger mark on 30 December 2011.


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 Vilha 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]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aigle Azur Paris-Orly
Air Europa Madrid
Seasonal: Tenerife South, Menorca, Palma Mallorca
Air Transat Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal Charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
ASL Airlines France Seasonal: Brive, Rennes
British Airways London-Gatwick (begins 11 February 2016)
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Czech Airlines Seasonal: Prague
easyJet Bristol, Funchal (begins 20 May 2016) London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Luxembourg, Lyon, Manchester, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Toulouse
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Everjets Funchal
Germanwings Seasonal: Düsseldorf
operated by Air Nostrum
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Luxair Luxembourg
Ryanair Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Bremen, Brussels, Châlons Vatry, Charleroi, Clermont-Ferrand, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen (begins 28 March 2016), Dole, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Faro, Hahn, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Lille, Lisbon, London-Stansted, Lorient, Madrid, Marseille, Memmingen, Ponta Delgada, Rome-Ciampino, Saint-Étienne, Strasbourg, Tours, Weeze
Seasonal: Bologna, Carcassonne, Dublin, Gran Canaria, La Rochelle, Liverpool, Maastricht/Aachen, Palma de Mallorca, Poitiers, Tenerife-South, Valencia
SATA International Ponta Delgada, Terceira, Toronto-Pearson
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda
TAP Portugal Funchal, Geneva, Lisbon, London-Gatwick, Luxembourg, Newark, Paris-Orly, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Zürich
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino
Transavia Amsterdam, Munich (begins 27 March 2016)[4]
Transavia France Funchal, Paris-Orly, Lyon, Nantes
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Vueling Barcelona, Brussels, Paris-Orly


Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo Mexico City, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
operated by EAT
Leipzig/Halle Airport, London-Heathrow, Vitoria
ASL Airlines France Brive, Rennes[5][6]
TNT Airways Liege
UPS Airlines
operated by Star Air (Maersk)
Cologne/Bonn, Lisbon


Busiest routes from Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (2013)[7]
Rank City Passengers  %
Top carriers
1 France, Paris-Orly 657,513 Increase 12.3% Aigle Azur, TAP Portugal, France, Vueling
2 Switzerland, Geneva 435,522 Increase 7.5% easyJet Switzerland, Swiss International, TAP Portugal
3 Portugal, Lisbon 404,784 Increase 2.1% Ryanair, Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal
4 Spain, Madrid 360,332 Decrease 9.5% Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Ryanair, Portugália Airlines
5 Germany, Frankfurt 305,874 Decrease 6.0% Lufthansa
6 France, Paris-Beauvais 265,893 Increase 8.0% Ryanair
7 Spain, Barcelona 258,387 Decrease 9.8% Portugália Airlines, Ryanair, Vueling
8 United Kingdom, London-Gatwick 236,549 Increase 5.9% easyJet, TAP Portugal
9 Portugal, Madeira 231,166 Increase 1.9% TAP Portugal, France
10 United Kingdom, London-Stansted 224,884 Increase 5.8% Ryanair
11 France, Paris-Charles de Gaulle 144,740 Increase 0.9% easyJet
12 Belgium, Brussels 140,765 Increase 24.5% Brussels Airlines, Ryanair, Portugalia Airlines, Vueling
13 France Switzerland, Basel/Mulhouse 138,204 Increase 32.2% easyJet Switzerland
14 Portugal, Faro 138,012 Increase 3.3% Ryanair
15 Germany, Frankfurt-Hahn 124,681 Decrease 1.5% Ryanair
16 Luxembourg, Luxembourg 102,450 Decrease 1.6% Luxair, TAP Portugal, Portugalia Airlines
17 France, Marseille 101,834 Increase 17.9% Ryanair

Ground transportation[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 downtown Porto, High-Speed trains and Estádio do Dragão, and by transfer to 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), Trindade station to V.N.Gaia (line D) and Estádio do Dragão to Rio Tinto/Fânzeres (line F).


STCP buses also link the airport and the city. There is also a bus that operates all night from Porto 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.


In 2007, the airport was voted the Best Airport in Europe in the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International. It has placed in the top three of Best Airport in Europe a further seven times – second place in 2010 and third place in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d ANA (January 2007), p.1
  2. ^ a b ANA Aeroportos: Relatório de Gestão e Contas (2011) (PDF), Lisbon, Portugal: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, 2011, p. 1115, retrieved 2 January 2014 
  3. ^ "Airport Service Quality Awards 2007". Airports Council International (ACI). 25 February 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2008. 
  4. ^ Transavia Opens Munich Base from late-March 2016
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  7. ^ Annual Traffic Statistics 2013
  8. ^ "Porto Airport once again voted 3rd best in Europe" ANA Aeroportos de Portugal Retrieved 2014-03-04
  9. ^ "Past Winners - Airports Council International" Airports Council International. Retrieved 2014-03-04

External links[edit]

Media related to Porto International Airport at Wikimedia Commons