Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport
|Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport
Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro
|IATA: OPO – ICAO: LPPR|
|Owner||Government of Portugal.|
|Operator||ANA Aeroportos de Portugal|
|Hub for||TAP Portugal|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||69 m / 226 ft|
Sources: ANA Relatório Contas 2013
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 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.
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. With this concession, ANA was also provided to the planning, development and construction of future infrastructures.
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.
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).
It includes an area of between 72 metres (236 ft) in the extreme south and 43 metres (141 ft) in the north. The southern portion of the airport intersects the hydrographic watershed of the Leça River, while the north is crossed by effluents of Onda River.
Airlines and destinations
|Air France Cargo||Mexico City, Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
operated by EAT
|Leipzig/Halle Airport, London-Heathrow, Vitoria|
|Europe Airpost||Brive, Rennes|
operated by Star Air (Maersk)
|1||France, Paris-Orly||657,513||12.3%||Aigle Azur, TAP Portugal, Transavia.com France, Vueling|
|2||Switzerland, Geneva||435,522||7.5%||easyJet Switzerland, Swiss International, TAP Portugal|
|3||Portugal, Lisbon||404,784||2.1%||Ryanair, Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal|
|4||Spain, Madrid||360,332||9.5%||Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Ryanair, Portugália Airlines|
|7||Spain, Barcelona||258,387||9.8%||Portugália Airlines, Ryanair, Vueling|
|8||United Kingdom, London-Gatwick||236,549||5.9%||easyJet, TAP Portugal|
|9||Portugal, Madeira||231,166||1.9%||TAP Portugal, Transavia.com France|
|10||United Kingdom, London-Stansted||224,884||5.8%||Ryanair|
|11||France, Paris-Charles de Gaulle||144,740||0.9%||easyJet|
|12||Belgium, Brussels||140,765||24.5%||Brussels Airlines, Ryanair, Portugalia Airlines, Vueling|
|13||France Switzerland, Basel/Mulhouse||138,204||32.2%||easyJet Switzerland|
|16||Luxembourg, Luxembourg||102,450||1.6%||Luxair, TAP Portugal, Portugalia Airlines|
Besides taxi services and the road link, there are several public transportation links available:
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.
- ANA (January 2007), p.1
- ANA Aeroportos: Relatório de Gestão e Contas (2011) (PDF), Lisbon, Portugal: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, 2011, p. 1115, retrieved 2 January 2014
- "Airport Service Quality Awards 2007". Airports Council International (ACI). 25 February 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2008.
- "Soltour announces charters to Costa Dourada and Almería" (in portuguese).
- "Jolidey announces charters to Menorca twice a week from Porto" (in portuguese).
- "Jolidey launches seven flights per week for holidays in Mallorca" (in portuguese).
- Annual Traffic Statistics 2013
- "Porto Airport once again voted 3rd best in Europe" ANA Aeroportos de Portugal Retrieved 2014-03-04
- "Past Winners - Airports Council International" Airports Council International. Retrieved 2014-03-04
- ANA, ed. (January 2007), Plano Director: Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro [Porto] (PDF) (in Portuguese), Porto, Portugal: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal
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