Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport
Aeroporto Sá Carneiro
|Operator||ANA Aeroportos de Portugal|
|Location||11 km (6.8 mi) NW of Porto|
|Hub for||TAP Air Portugal|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||69 m / 226 ft|
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). 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.
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.
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.
A new terminal building, designed by Portuguese firm ICQ, was built between 2003 and 2006, and became operational in the last quarter of 2006.
Porto Airport reached ten million passenger per year for the first time on 6 December 2017.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled direct passenger flights at Porto Airport:
|1||Lisboa||1,010,696||10.9%||TAP Air Portugal|
|2||Madrid||969,724||28.1%||Air Europa, Iberia, Ryanair|
|3||Paris-Orly||956,886||4.8%||TAP Air Portugal, Transavia, Vueling|
|4||Geneva||693,892||0.7%||EasyJet, Swiss International Air Lines|
|7||Funchal||436,849||13.9%||EasyJet, TAP Air Portugal|
|8||London-Gatwick||387,354||5.9%||EasyJet, TAP Air Portugal|
|10||Brussels||348,262||25.2%||Brussels Airlines, Ryanair|
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 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.
The proposed Porto–Vigo high-speed rail line would be built via the airport.
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.
Accidents and incidents
- On April 27, 2021 a FedEx cargo jet was cleared for takeoff while a ground vehicle was on the runway, coming within four seconds of collision before taking off over it. The Office for the Prevention and Investigation of Accidents in Civil Aviation and Rail rated the incursion a "serious incident" and initiated a safety investigation. YouTube channel 'VASAviation' has a recorded instance of the communications between Porto's Tower and the aircraft involved, FedEx Contractor Flight 'Quality 4959' 
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- ANA, ed. (January 2007), Plano Director: Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro [Porto] (PDF) (in Portuguese), Porto, Portugal: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, archived from the original (PDF) on 2 January 2014
Media related to Porto International Airport at Wikimedia Commons