Guide to Portugal's Airports
December 29, 2015
Portugal is easy to get to – with non-stops from Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, Miami, Oakland, and this summer - Washington DC.
Most flights go right to Lisbon, but some do go to Porto and the Azores. But once you get there, domestic flights let you get around Portugal – and Europe. So here is a quick guide to the top 5 Portuguese airports, south to north:
Faro Airport opened in July 1965, serves the Algarve. The airport became a hub for the first time in 2010, when Ryanair decided to base aircraft in Faro. A total of 5.6 million passengers used Faro airport in 2011.
Lisbon Portela Airport is the main international gateway to Portugal and a major European hub. It has been nominated as Europe's Leading Airport for five consecutive years in the World Travel Awards. The airport handled more than 18 million passengers as of 2014.
The airport is the main hub of TAP Portugal and its subsidiary Portugália, a focus city for easyJet, Ryanair and SATA International and also the base for charter airlines euroAtlantic Airways, Hi Fly and White Airways. US Airways (American) and United both fly here from the US.
Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is the international airport for Porto - 6.8 miles northwest city. Porto airport is the second busiest in Portugal, and is a base for easyJet, Ryanair, TAP Portugal and its subsidiary Portugália. It has been nominated as once of Europe’s best airports for several years.
João Paulo II Airport on the island of São Miguel, in the Azores., and is the primary gateway in the Azores. In 2005 the airport served a total of 873,500 passengers. But with the recent arrival of easyJet and Ryanair, that is going to go up.
Madeira Airport is known as Funchal Airport, is the gateway to the archipelago of Madeira.
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