Porto Airport

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Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport
Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro
Ana topo logo porto.jpg
Aeroporto Porto 17.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Vinci Airports.
Operator ANA Aeroportos de Portugal
Serves Porto, Portugal
Hub for TAP 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 [1]
LPPR is located in Portugal
Location in Portugal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 3,480 11,417 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft Movements 93,468
Passengers 9,378,000

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (IATA: OPOICAO: 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 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 Vilha 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 in Porto was opened in 1945 and was initially 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, characterised by rich soils that permitted cultivation of various cereals.[1]

It was renamed in 1990 for former Portuguese prime minister, Francisco de Sá Carneiro, who died in an aeroplane crash when 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.[2] With this concession, ANA was also provided to the planning, development and construction of future infrastructures.[2]

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.[3]

Porto Airport reached its ninth million passenger mark on 16 December 2016.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aigle Azur Lyon, Paris-Orly
Air Algerie Seasonal: Algiers
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle (resumes 28 March 2017)
Air Transat Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Azores Airlines Ponta Delgada, Terceira, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Providence (begins 2 June 2017)[4]
British Airways London-Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Czech Airlines Seasonal: Prague
easyJet Bristol, Funchal, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Luxembourg, Lyon, Manchester, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Stuttgart, Toulouse
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf
operated by Air Berlin
Seasonal: Munich (begins 26 March 2017),[5] Vienna (begins 8 April 2017)[6]
KLM Amsterdam (resumes 17 May 2017)
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Menorca
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Monarch Airlines London-Luton (begins 29 April 2017),[7] Manchester (begins 28 April 2017)
Seasonal: Birmingham (begins 28 April 2017)
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca (resumes 20 March 2017)[8]
Ryanair Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Birmingham (begins 26 March 2017), Bordeaux, Brussels, Châlons-Vatry, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dole, Dortmund, Dublin, Edinburgh (begins 28 March 2017), Eindhoven, Faro, Frankfurt (begins 29 october 2017),[9] Hahn, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Krakow (begins 27 March 2017),[10] Lisbon, Lille, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Luxembourg, Madrid, Marseille, Memmingen, Milan-Malpensa, Naples (begins 29 October 2017), Nuremberg (begins 28 March 2017), Ponta Delgada, Rome-Ciampino, Saint-Étienne, Terceira, Tours, Valencia, Warsaw-Modlin, Weeze
Seasonal: Bologna, Bremen, Carcassonne, Clermont-Ferrand, Gran Canaria, La Rochelle, Lorient, Palma de Mallorca, Strasbourg, Tenerife-South
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda
TAP Portugal Amsterdam, Funchal, Geneva, Lisbon, London-Gatwick, Luxembourg, Madrid, Newark, Paris-Orly, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos
TAP Portugal
operated by TAP Express
Amsterdam, Geneva, Lisbon, London-Gatwick, Madrid, Zürich
TAP Portugal
operated by White Airways
Transavia Amsterdam, Munich (ends 27 October 2017)[11]
Transavia France Funchal, Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Orly
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Vueling Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris-Orly, Zürich
Wizz Air Budapest, Warsaw-Chopin


Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo Mexico City, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
ASL Airlines Belgium Liege
ASL Airlines France Brive, Rennes[12][13]
DHL Aviation
operated by European Air Transport Leipzig
Leipzig/Halle, London-Heathrow, Vitoria
UPS Airlines
operated by Star Air
Cologne/Bonn, Lisbon


Busiest routes from Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (2013)[14]
Rank City Passengers  %
Top carriers
1 France Paris-Orly 657,513 Increase 12.3% Aigle Azur, TAP Portugal, Transavia.com France, Vueling
2 Switzerland Geneva 435,522 Increase 7.5% easyJet Switzerland, easyJet, Swiss International, TAP Portugal
3 Portugal Lisbon 404,784 Increase 2.1% Ryanair, TAP Express, TAP Portugal
4 Spain Madrid 360,332 Decrease 9.5% Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Ryanair, TAP Express
5 Germany Frankfurt 305,874 Decrease 6.0% Lufthansa
6 France Paris-Beauvais 265,893 Increase 8.0% Ryanair
7 Spain Barcelona 258,387 Decrease 9.8% TAP Express, Ryanair, Vueling
8 United Kingdom London-Gatwick 236,549 Increase 5.9% easyJet, TAP Portugal, British Airways
9 Portugal Madeira 231,166 Increase 1.9% TAP Portugal, Transavia.com France
10 United Kingdom London-Stansted 224,884 Increase 5.8% Ryanair
11 France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 144,740 Increase 0.9% easyJet
12 Belgium Brussels 140,765 Increase 24.5% Brussels Airlines, Ryanair, TAP Express, Vueling
13 France Germany Switzerland Basel/Freiburg/Mulhouse 138,204 Increase 32.2% easyJet Switzerland, easyJet
14 Portugal Faro 138,012 Increase 3.3% Ryanair
15 Germany Frankfurt-Hahn 124,681 Decrease 1.5% Ryanair
16 Luxembourg Luxembourg 102,450 Decrease 1.6% Luxair, TAP Portugal, TAP Express, easyJet, Ryanair
17 France Marseille 101,834 Increase 17.9% Ryanair

Ground transportation[edit]

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, 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).


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.


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.[15][16] In 2016, it was considered the 11th best airport in the world[17] and 4th in Europe[18] by The Guide to Sleeping in Airports

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d ANA (January 2007), p.1
  2. ^ a b ANA Aeroportos: Relatório de Gestão e Contas (2011) (PDF), Lisbon, Portugal: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, 2011, p. 1115, retrieved 2 January 2014 
  3. ^ "Airport Service Quality Awards 2007". Airports Council International (ACI). 25 February 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2008. 
  4. ^ http://turnto10.com/news/local/only-on-10-sata-azores-airlines-expands-service-from-tf-green-and-logan-airports
  5. ^ https://www.eurowings.com/de/4u/unternehmen/presse/archiv/eurowings-fliegt-weihnachtsgeschenke-nach-sueddeutschland.html
  6. ^ https://aeroportodoporto.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/eurowings-abre-viena-junta-se-a-rota-de-munique-em-abril/
  7. ^ "Monarch Airlines plans new routes in S17". routesonline. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  8. ^ https://aeroportodoporto.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/marrocos-mais-perto-com-regresso-da-royal-air-maroc/
  9. ^ http://corporate.ryanair.com/news/nachrichten/170228-ryanair-stellt-winterflugplan-2017-2018-fur-frankfurt-am-main-vor/?market=de
  10. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/268945/ryanair-expands-poland-service-in-s17/
  11. ^ Transavia-loest-Basis-in-Muenchen-auf.html
  12. ^ http://www.air-journal.fr/2015-01-15-europe-airpost-desservira-porto-et-vienne-en-lignes-regulieres-5133460.html
  13. ^ http://www.europeairpost.com/
  14. ^ Annual Traffic Statistics 2013
  15. ^ "Porto Airport once again voted 3rd best in Europe" ANA Aeroportos de Portugal Retrieved 2014-03-04
  16. ^ "Past Winners - Airports Council International" Airports Council International. Retrieved 2014-03-04
  17. ^ http://www.sleepinginairports.net/2015/best-airports-world.htm
  18. ^ http://www.sleepinginairports.net/2015/best-airports-europe.htm


External links[edit]

Media related to Porto International Airport at Wikimedia Commons