João Paulo II Airport

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Ponta Delgada-João Paulo II Airport

Aeroporto João Paulo II
SMG PDL Relva JPaulo2 terminal.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Portugal
OperatorANA Aeroportos de Portugal
ServesPonta Delgada
Elevation AMSL79 m / 259 ft
Coordinates37°44′31″N 025°41′52″W / 37.74194°N 25.69778°W / 37.74194; -25.69778Coordinates: 37°44′31″N 025°41′52″W / 37.74194°N 25.69778°W / 37.74194; -25.69778
LPPD is located in Azores
Location of Ponta Delgada-Joao Paulo II in the archipelago of the Azores
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 2,497 8,192 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers change 17-18Increase3.0%
Aircraft Movements22,685
Movements change 17-18Decrease0.6%
Sources: ANAC[1], Portuguese AIP[1]
Landing strip of the airport with the Atlantic at the background

João Paulo II Airport (IATA: PDL, ICAO: LPPD), named after Pope John Paul II, is an international airport located on the island of São Miguel, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Situated 2 km (1.2 mi) west of the city centre of Ponta Delgada, it is the primary (and busiest) airport in the Azores, as well as the fifth largest infrastructure managed by ANA Aeroportos de Portugal. The terminal was finished in 1995; by 2005 the airport served a total of 873,500 passengers.[1] It has scheduled domestic flights to all islands of the Azores, plus Madeira and the mainland, namely (Lisbon, Porto and Faro). João Paulo II Airport also accommodates international flights to and from Europe and North America. The airport is the major hub for the SATA Group of airlines, which includes both inter-island SATA Air Açores and international Azores Airlines,[2] and since April 2015 as a base for Ryanair.[3]


Interior of main terminal

The airport was inaugurated on 24 August 1969 by President Admiral Américo Tomás, after its construction was planned six years earlier, in 1963.[4] Transferred from Santana, at the time of its opening, the runway was 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) long and was then referred to as the Aeroporto da Nordela, owing to its location at the extreme northwest of Ponta Delgada.[4] It was built in order to serve inter-island connections and the continent, using a single Boeing 737 from the national flag carrier (TAP33).[4] Regular flights to Lisbon began two years later.[4]

In May 1995, at the inauguration of the airport terminal, the facility received the designation João Paulo II, in honour of the visit of the Pope to the Azores in 1991.

"This airport, is part of the integrated history and economic and social development of the Azores, in particular of the Micaelenses, and constitutes an relevant equipment at the service of air transport, not just of the passengers, but also the transport and mail. It is the infrastructure with the largest expression of air traffic in the autonomous region of the Azores, reaching in 2011 935,000 passengers."

Along with the airports in Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Flores, Santa Maria, Horta 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.[5] With this concession, ANA was also in charge of future planning, development and construction of future infrastructures.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Azores Airlines Boston, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Lisbon, Porto, Praia, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, London–Gatwick (resumes 3 June 2021),[6] Paris–Charles de Gaulle (begins 1 June 2021)[7]
Ryanair Lisbon, London–Stansted, Porto (ends 26 March 2021)
Seasonal: Hahn
SATA Air Açores Flores, Graciosa, Horta, Pico, Santa Maria, São Jorge, Terceira
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva[8]
TAP Air Portugal Boston,[9] Lisbon, Toronto–Pearson[9]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam


Busiest routes from João Paulo II Airport Airport (2019)[10]
Rank City, airport Passengers %
Top carriers
1 Lisbon 839,826 Increase 9.5% Azores Airlines, Ryanair, TAP Air Portugal
2 Porto 300,426 Increase 8.3% Azores Airlines, Ryanair
3 Terceira 185,246 Increase 1.4% SATA Air Açores
4 Boston 111,950 Increase 11.5% Azores Airlines, TAP Air Portugal
5 Santa Maria 82,431 Increase 5.1% SATA Air Açores
6 Horta 79,464 Increase 6.6% SATA Air Açores
7 Toronto-Pearson 75,763 Decrease 0.5% Azores Airlines, TAP Air Portugal
8 Pico 72,454 Increase 7.1% SATA Air Açores
9 Funchal 46,221 Increase 15.4% Azores Airlines
10 Flores 40,540 Increase 11.6% SATA Air Açores


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b AIP Part 3 - AD 2 Aerodromes Archived 15 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ SATA Press Kit (2009), p.8
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b c d Fátima Cerqueira Dias (2010)
  5. ^ a b ANA Aeroportos: Relatório de Gestão e Contas (2011) (PDF), Lisbon, Portugal: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, 2011, p. 1115, archived from the original (PDF) on 2 January 2014, retrieved 2 January 2014
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  8. ^ Liu, Jim (18 December 2019). "SWISS expands Geneva network in S20". RoutesOnline.
  9. ^ a b Liu, Jim (12 May 2020). "TAP Air Portugal June – July 2020 operations as of 0245GMT 12 May". RoutesOnline.
  10. ^ "Eurostat Data Explorer". Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  11. ^
  • Dias, Fátima Cerqueira (2010), O Aeroporto de Ponta Delgada - João Paulo II, 40 anos de História (in Portuguese), Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal

External links[edit]

Media related to Ponta Delgada-João Paulo II International Airport at Wikimedia Commons