Porto Airport

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Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport

Aeroporto Sá Carneiro
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Airport typePublic
OwnerVinci Group
OperatorANA Aeroportos de Portugal
ServesPorto, Portugal
Location11 km (6.8 mi) NW of Porto
Hub forTAP Air Portugal
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL69 m / 226 ft
Coordinates41°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 (2019)
Passengers change 18-19Increase9.8%
Aircraft Movements96,537
Movements change 18-19Increase 4.9%

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (IATA: OPO, ICAO: LPPR) or simply Porto Airport (formerly Pedras Rubras 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.


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]


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 a 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]


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

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens (resumes 31 March 2021)[4]
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson (resumes 19 June 2021)[5]
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Transat Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau (resumes 2 May 2021)[6]
Azores Airlines Ponta Delgada, Terceira
British Airways London–Heathrow (resumes 17 December 2020)
Brussels Airlines Brussels (resumes 14 December 2020)
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Bordeaux (resumes 18 December 2020), Bristol (resumes 19 December 2020), Funchal, Geneva, London–Gatwick (resumes 18 December 2020), London–Luton (resumes 6 December 2020), Luxembourg, Lyon (resumes 3 December 2020), Nantes (resumes 19 December 2020), Nice (resumes 17 December 2020), Paris–Charles de Gaulle (resumes 17 December 2020), Stuttgart (resumes 16 December 2020), Toulouse (resumes 18 December 2020), Zürich (resumes 16 December 2020)
Seasonal: Berlin–Brandenburg (begins 28 March 2021),[7] Ibiza, Málaga, Manchester, Montpellier[8]
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki (resumes 10 May 2021)[9]
Iberia Madrid (resumes 1 February 2021)[10]
Iberia Regional Madrid[11]
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca (resumes 28 March 2021)[12]
Ryanair Alicante (resumes 20 December 2020), Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo (resumes 18 December 2020), Berlin–Brandenburg (resumes 18 December 2020), Birmingham (resumes 13 December 2020), Bordeaux, Bremen, Brest (resumes 19 December 2020), Brussels, Budapest (resumes 29 March 2021), Cagliari (resumes 29 March 2021), Châlons-Vatry, Clermont-Ferrand, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dole, Dortmund, Dublin (resumes 18 December 2020), Eindhoven, Faro, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Krakow, Liverpool (resumes 29 March 2021), London–Stansted, Luxembourg, Madrid (resumes 17 December 2020), Málaga (resumes 19 December 2020), Malta (resumes 20 December 2020), Manchester (resumes 19 December 2020), Marrakech, Marseille, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa (resumes 17 December 2020), Ponta Delgada, Rome–Ciampino (resumes 18 December 2020), Seville (resumes 18 December 2020), Terceira, Tours, Valencia (resumes 28 March 2021), Vienna (resumes 18 December 2020)
Seasonal: Edinburgh, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–South, Weeze
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda (suspended)[13]
TAP Air Portugal[14] Funchal, Lisbon, London–Heathrow, Newark, Paris–Orly, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Sal, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Transavia Amsterdam, Funchal, Lyon, Nantes (resumes 17 December 2020), Paris–Orly
Turkish Airlines Istanbul (resumes 1 January 2021)[15]
Volotea Bilbao (resumes 17 December 2020)[16]
Vueling Barcelona, Bilbao (resumes 1 January 2021),[17] Paris–Charles de Gaulle (resumes 1 January 2021),[18] Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Tenerife–North (resumes 30 March 2021)[19]
Wizz Air Dortmund (begins 20 December 2020),[20] London–Luton (resumes 17 December 2020), Milan–Malpensa (resumes 16 December 2020), Vienna (resumes 14 December 2020)[21]
Seasonal: Budapest, Warsaw–Chopin


UPS Airlines[22] Cologne/Bonn


Busiest routes from Porto Airport (2018)
Rank Country, airport Passengers
1  France, Paris 1.551.594
2  Portugal, Lisbon 1.146.427
3  Spain, Madrid 860.588
4  United Kingdom, London 808.309
5   Switzerland, Geneva 684.405
6  Spain, Barcelona 650.160
7  Germany, Frankfurt 448.516
8  Belgium, Brussels 401.914
9  Italy, Milan 385.987
10  Portugal, Funchal 383.756


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 Porto city center and by transfer in Trindade station to high-speed trains at Campanhã, and 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), and Trindade station to V.N.Gaia (line D) and to Rio Tinto/Fânzeres (line F).


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 through the VRI accessway.


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.


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.


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.[23][24]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d ANA (January 2007), p. 1
  2. ^ a b "The history of Porto Airport - Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport". 1 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Francisco SA Carneiro (Oporto) Airport Expansion, Porto".
  4. ^ https://en.aegeanair.com
  5. ^ https://www.aircanada.com/us/en/aco/home.html
  6. ^ https://www.airtransat.com
  7. ^ https://www.easyjet.com
  8. ^ Liu, Jim (21 August 2019). "easyJet further expands new routes in W19". Routesonline.
  9. ^ Finnair to add three new leisure routes for next summer: Porto, Bologna and Bordeaux news.cision.com 31 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  10. ^ https://www.iberia.com
  11. ^ https://www.iberia.com
  12. ^ https://www.royalairmaroc.com/pt-en
  13. ^ http://www.taag.com/en/
  14. ^ flytap.com - Flight information 10 October 2020
  15. ^ https://www.turkishairlines.com
  16. ^ https://volotea.com
  17. ^ https://www.vueling.com/pt
  18. ^ https://www.vueling.com/pt
  19. ^ https://www.vueling.com/pt
  20. ^ https://www.airliners.de/wizz-air-portugal-route-dortmund/57327
  21. ^ https://wizzair.com/#/
  22. ^ airlineroutemaps.com retrieved 23 August 2020
  23. ^ "Porto Airport voted best in Europe in category of 5 to 15 million passengers" ANA Aeroportos de Portugal Retrieved 2017-06-18
  24. ^ "Past Winners - Airports Council International" Airports Council International. Retrieved 2014-03-04


External links[edit]

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