If you are going to Portugal, you should fly to Lisbon? Well, no. Lisbon is the destination for the majority of flights from the US, but it is one of three-airports that have non-stop service to the US. Porto and Ponta Delgada (Azores) both get flights from the New York area, and there is year-round service to Ponta Delgada from Boston. In the summer, there are flights to Ponta Delgada from Providence to Terceira (Azores) from Oakland. So, what are the benefits of not flying to Lisbon? Well, Lisbon is central – and a hub for flights to the Algarve (Faro) and Madeira – but the airport can get very busy with lines for passport control and rent a car. Porto has been rated one of the best airports in Europe- with a modern and lovely terminal that is an easy connection to rail and flights around Portugal. Ponta Delgada has a bright airport that has direct service to Porto, Lisbon, Madeira, and the islands of the Azores. Lines are rare, and it is just 4 hours from the East Coast.