Porto Airport

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Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport
Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro
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Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Vinci Group
Operator ANA Aeroportos de Portugal
Serves Porto, Portugal
Location 11 km (6.8 mi) NW of Porto
Hub for TAP Air 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
Website www.aeroportoporto.pt
Map
LPPR is located in Portugal
LPPR
LPPR
Location in Portugal
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 3,480 11,417 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 10,782,461
Passengers change 16-17 Increase15.0%
Aircraft Movements 85,408
Movements change 16-17 Increase 10.1%

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (IATA: OPO, ICAO: 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 Airport and before Faro Airport. The airport is a base for easyJet, Ryanair, TAP Air Portugal and its subsidiary TAP Express.

Location[edit]

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]

History[edit]

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 an aero-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]

Passenger[edit]

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

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Aigle Azur Paris–Orly
Air Algerie Seasonal: Algiers
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Air Europa Madrid
Air Transat Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Azores Airlines Ponta Delgada, Terceira (resumes 30 October 2018)
British Airways London–Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Czech Airlines Seasonal: Prague
easyJet Basel-Mulhouse, Bristol, Funchal, Geneva, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Luxembourg, Lyon, Manchester, Nantes, Nice (begins 30 October 2018)[4], Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Stuttgart, Toulouse, Zürich
Seasonal: Ibiza
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Vienna
Evelop Airlines Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South[5]
Iberia Madrid
Seasonal: Menorca
Joon Paris–Charles de Gaulle
KLM Cityhopper Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Birmingham, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels, Cagliari (begins 29 October 2018), Châlons–Vatry, Charleroi, Carcassonne, Clermont-Ferrand, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dole, Dortmund, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Faro, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Krakow, La Rochelle, Lille, Lisbon, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Lorient, Luxembourg, Madrid, Malta, Manchester, Marrakech (begins 28 October 2018), Marseille, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Nuremberg, Ponta Delgada, Rome–Ciampino, Seville (begins 30 October 2018), Strasbourg, Tenerife-South, Terceira, Tours, Valencia, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze
Seasonal: Bremen, Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca
Sun D'Or Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda
TAP Air Portugal Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels (resumes 1 June 2019), Funchal, Geneva, Lisbon, London–City, London–Gatwick, Luxembourg, Lyon (begins 1 September 2019), Madrid, Milan–Malpensa, Munich (begins 1 September 2019), Newark, Paris–Orly, Ponta Delgada, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Zürich
Transavia Amsterdam
Transavia France Funchal, Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Orly
Turkish Airlines İstanbul–Atatürk
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark
Vueling Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris–Orly, Zürich
Wizz Air Budapest
Seasonal: Katowice , Warsaw–Chopin , Wrocław

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air France CargoMexico City, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
ASL Airlines BelgiumLiege
ASL Airlines FranceBrest, Brive, Rennes[6][7]
DHL AviationLeipzig/Halle, London-Heathrow, Vitoria
UPS AirlinesCologne/Bonn, Lisbon

Access[edit]

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

Metro[edit]

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, high-speed trains at Campanhã, 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).

Car[edit]

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 throw the VRI accessway.

Bus[edit]

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.

Shuttle[edit]

The GetBUS shuttle provides 50 min direct connections to the towns of Braga and Guimarães. Tickets can be bought in advance on the shuttle's website.

Accolades[edit]

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.[8][9]

Skytrax World Airport Awards ranks Porto Airport 5th out of the top 10 Best Regional Airports in Europe,[10] 5th out of the top 10 Best Airports in Southern Europe,[11] and 75th out of The Worlds Top 100 Airports for 2017.[12]

In 2016, it was considered the 11th best airport in the world[13] and 5th best in Europe[14] by The Guide to Sleeping in Airports

See also[edit]

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Citations[edit]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Porto International Airport at Wikimedia Commons