João Paulo II Airport

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Ponta Delgada-João Paulo II Airport
Aeroporto João Paulo II
Ponta Delgada Airport1.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Portugal
Operator ANA Aeroportos de Portugal
Serves Ponta Delgada
Location Relva
Elevation AMSL 79 m / 259 ft
Coordinates 37°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 (2017 [1])
Passengers 1,849,000
Passengers change 16-17 Increase22.0%
Aircraft Operations (2016) 7,801
Sources: Portuguese AIP[1]

João Paulo II Airport (IATA: PDLICAO: 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; with the construction of the terminal 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]


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]

Yet, it was only two years later that first regular flights to Lisbon were initiated.[4]

In May 1995, at the inauguration of the actual 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 provided to the planning, development and construction of future infrastructures.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Azores Airlines Boston, Funchal, Frankfurt, Gran Canaria, Lisbon, Porto, Praia, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Barcelona, Faro, London–Gatwick, Montréal-Trudeau, Providence
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: New York–JFK (begins 25 May 2018)[6]
Germania Seasonal: Düsseldorf (begins 4 May 2018)
Primera Air Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm
Ryanair Lisbon, London–Stansted, Porto
Seasonal: Hahn, Manchester (begins 7 June 2018)[7]
SATA Air Açores Corvo, Flores, Graciosa, Horta, Pico, Santa Maria, São Jorge, Terceira
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon, Porto (begins 25 March 2018)[8]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest routes from João Paulo II Airport (2010)[9]
Rank Country City Passengers Carriers
1 Portugal Lisbon 340,634 Azores Airlines, TAP Portugal
2 Portugal Terceira 103,293 SATA Air Açores
3 Portugal Porto 80,454 Azores Airlines
4 Portugal Santa Maria 51,799 SATA Air Açores
5 Portugal Horta 48,652 SATA Air Açores
6 United States Boston 41,632 Azores Airlines
7 Canada Toronto 34,556 Azores Airlines
8 Portugal Pico 27,691 SATA Air Açores
9 Portugal Flores 20,587 SATA Air Açores
10 Portugal Funchal 18,568 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 2014-12-05. 
  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 
  6. ^ "Delta's trans-Atlantic schedule brings customers more flights and more destinations". 2017-09-20. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ TAP Air begin service between Porto and Ponta Delgada
  9. ^ Annual Traffic Statistics[dead link]
  • 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