Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport
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Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport

Aeroporto Sá Carneiro
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Airport typePublic
OwnerVinci Group
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 (2018)
Passengers change 17-18Increase10.7%
Aircraft Movements92,025
Movements change 17-18Increase 7.9%
Cargo (t)39,755
Cargo change 17-18Decrease 4.0%

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


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

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Air Algerie Seasonal: Algiers
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Transat Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
Azores Airlines Ponta Delgada, Terceira
Azul Brazilian Airlines Campinas[4]
British Airways London-Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Brussels
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Bristol, Funchal, Geneva, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Luxembourg, Lyon, Manchester, Nantes, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Stuttgart, Toulouse, Zürich
Seasonal: Bordeaux,[5]Ibiza, Málaga, Montpellier[6]
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Emirates Dubai-International[7]
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Evelop Airlines Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South[8]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki[9]
Iberia Madrid
KLM Amsterdam
Lauda Stuttgart (begins 31 March 2020),[10]Vienna
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Alicante, Barcelona, Beauvais, Brest, Bremen, Brive, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Birmingham, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels, Budapest, Cagliari, Châlons-Vatry, Charleroi, Carcassonne, Clermont-Ferrand, Cologne/Bonn, Dole, Dortmund, Dublin, Eindhoven, Faro, Frankfurt, Grenoble (begins 30 March 2020),[11]Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Krakow, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Luxembourg, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakech, Marseille, Memmingen, Milan-Malpensa, Nuremberg, Ponta Delgada, Rome-Ciampino, Seville, Terceira, Toulouse, Tours, Treviso, Valencia, Weeze
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Gran Canaria, Hamburg,[12]La Rochelle, Lille, Palma de Mallorca, Warsaw-Modlin
Geneva, Zürich
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda
TAP Air Portugal[13] Amsterdam, Brussels, Funchal, Geneva, Lisbon, London-Gatwick, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Newark, Paris-Orly, Ponta Delgada, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Zürich
Transavia Amsterdam
Transavia France Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Orly, Funchal
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[14]
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark
Volotea Bilbao
Vueling Barcelona, Bilbao, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Tenerife-North (begins 2 June 2020)[15]
Wizz Air Budapest, London-Luton, Vienna[16]
Seasonal: Warsaw-Chopin



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.[17][18]

See also



  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. ^ "Azul anuncia Porto como novo destino inter; estreia em 2019" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "easyJet announces 4 new destinations for 2019". Bordeaux-Merignac Airport. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Liu, Jim (21 August 2019). "easyJet further expands new routes in W19". Routesonline.
  7. ^ "Emirates schedules Porto launch in July 2019". Routesonline.
  8. ^ Evelop adds Spain - Portugal links in S18 Routesonline. 4 May 2018.
  9. ^ Finnair to add three new leisure routes for next summer: Porto, Bologna and Bordeaux 31 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  10. ^ Pedro, Autor (24 September 2019). "Lauda inicia voos para Estugarda em Março". aerOPOrto.
  11. ^ "Grenoble é o novo destino direto da Ryanair no Porto". 24 December 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ - Flight information. 22 August 2019
  14. ^ "Istanbul's New Airport Is A Hot Beautiful Mess". One Mile at a Time. 9 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Vueling oferece voos para Tenerife a partir de Junho". aerOPOrto. 19 February 2020.
  16. ^ Liu, Jim. "Wizz Air expands Vienna network in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ "Porto Airport voted best in Europe in category of 5 to 15 million passengers" ANA Aeroportos de Portugal Retrieved 2017-06-18
  18. ^ "Past Winners - Airports Council International" Airports Council International. Retrieved 2014-03-04


External links

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