Faro Airport

Faro Airport (Portuguese: Aeroporto Internacional de Faro) (IATA: FAO, ICAO: LPFR), also known as Algarve Airport, is located 4 km (2.5 mi) to the west[5] of Faro in Portugal. The airport opened in July 1965.[6] A total of 9.0 million passengers used Faro airport in 2019. The airport became a hub for the first time in March 2010, when Ryanair decided to base seven of its aircraft there.[7] It is very busy from March to October, to the extent that it becomes a slot coordinated airport.[8]

Faro Airport

Aeroporto Internacional de Faro
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Airport typePublic
OwnerVinci Group
OperatorANA Aeroportos de Portugal
ServesFaro, Algarve, Portugal
Hub forRyanair
Elevation AMSL7 m / 24 ft
Coordinates37°00′52″N 007°57′57″W / 37.01444°N 7.96583°W / 37.01444; -7.96583Coordinates: 37°00′52″N 007°57′57″W / 37.01444°N 7.96583°W / 37.01444; -7.96583
LPFR is located in Portugal
Location within Portugal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,490 8,169 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers change 18-19Increase 3.7%
Aircraft Movements58,788
Movements change 18-19Increase 2.5%
Sources: ANAC,[1] ANA,[2][3] WAD[4]


Aerial view
Arrivals area
Terminal building
Terminal building

Faro Airport is capable of handling nine million passengers a year (2019). There are 22 stands of which 16 are remote, with 60 check-in desks and 36 boarding gates.[8]

Since its opening in 1966, Faro airport has had two major developments: the new passenger terminal building in 1989, and its enlargement in 2001. Faced with growing traffic demand and passenger safety and satisfaction needs, the development plan for 2009–2013 saw Faro airport undergo extensive improvements to runway and infrastructure, as well as a widespread renovation of the airport terminal and commercial areas.[9]

Along with the airports in Lisbon, Porto, 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.[10]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

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

Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Cork, Shannon
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle[11]
Air Transat Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
British Airways London–Gatwick (resumes 28 March 2021), London–Heathrow
Seasonal: London–City, Southampton (begins 1 May 2021)[12]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich
Corendon Airlines Brussels
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Belfast–International, Berlin, Bordeaux, Bristol, Geneva, Glasgow, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Toulouse
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Munich, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Hamburg
Iberia Regional Seasonal: Madrid
Jet2.com Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Bristol (begins 2 May 2021),[13] Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen, Oslo
Ryanair Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Glasgow–Prestwick, London–Stansted, London–Southend, Manchester, Marseille, Porto, Vienna[14]
Seasonal: Aberdeen (resumes 1 May 2021),[15] Belfast-City (begins 2 June 2021),[16] Bordeaux, Bristol, Cardiff, Cork, Frankfurt, Kerry, Knock, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London–Luton, Memmingen, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newquay, Shannon, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Oslo[17]
Smartwings Seasonal: Katowice,[18] Prague, Warsaw–Chopin[18]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva[19]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Lyon, Montpellier,[20] Nantes, Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague
TUI Airways Bristol, London–Gatwick, Manchester[21]
Seasonal: Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, London–Stansted
TUI fly Belgium[22] Seasonal: Brussels, Lille (begins 15 May 2021)[22]
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Stuttgart
Volotea Seasonal: Bordeaux, Lyon,[23] Madrid,[23] Marseille, Nantes, Verona
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona
Wizz Air Cardiff (begins 28 March 2021),[24] Doncaster/Sheffield,[25] London–Luton,[26] Vienna


Busiest routes from Faro Airport (2019)[27]
Rank City, airport Passengers %
Top carriers
1 London-Gatwick 714,769   0.3% British Airways, easyJet, TUI Airways
2 Dublin 538,500   2.3% Aer Lingus, Ryanair
3 Manchester 531,253   12.0% easyJet, Jet2.com, Ryanair, TUI Airways
4 London–Stansted 400,723   8.6% Jet2.com, Ryanair, TUI Airways
5 Bristol 308,963   2.1% easyJet, Ryanair, TUI Airways
6 Lisboa 291,151   8% TAP Air Portugal
7 Birmingham 288,965   11.0% Jet2.com, Ryanair, TUI Airways
8 London-Luton 285,236   1.8% easyJet, Ryanair, Wizz Air
9 Amsterdam 258,293   6.7% Corendon Dutch Airlines, Transavia
10 East Midlands 255,516   3.2% Jet2.com, Ryanair, TUI Airways

Ground transportEdit


The airport is close to the A22 highway, with connections throughout the Algarve and direct to Lisbon and Spain. Faro airport has 3 different car parking areas. The closest parking area is called "Parking P0 / P1 – Classic", used for short-term visitors, while parking areas P2 and P3 are used for longer term car storage.[28]

Kiss and Fly is the name for a form of fast parking at the airport. One can drive to the airport to pick up or drop someone off free of charge for up to ten minutes. To drop off passengers, one can stop at the departures curbside and to pick up passengers, you enter the P2 Car Park.[29]


Airport bus routes 14 and 16 run each day between Faro Airport and Faro city centre bus station. From the bus station there are connections to most other Portuguese cities as well as to many Spanish destinations. The airport bus route is currently run by a company called "Proximo".


The nearest railway station is Faro station which is about 5.7 kilometres (3.5 mi) away and is located close to Faro city centre bus station.[30] A study into a rail link to the airport was undertaken in 2018.[31]


Public taxis are available from the airport and operate 24/7. There are several taxi ranks which you can use to hire a taxi from, or you can use a free phone inside the airport to call a taxi. The majority of curbsidetaxis at the airport will only carry up to four passengers; if you require a bigger taxi, it is best to use the phone inside.

Car rentalsEdit

There are all major car rental companies, in the arrivals area, that can provide car hire service from the Airport. Companies without an airport desk are located at "Parking P4 - Car Hire".

Faro Airport TransfersEdit

There are several transfer companies that operate at Faro Airport. Companies like Algarve Family transfers and Faro Airport Transfers have their headquarters close to Faro Airport.


In 2012, Airports Council International gave Faro Airport the title of Best Improvement in Europe.[32][circular reference]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 21 December 1992, Martinair Flight 495 sustained a hard landing in bad weather at Faro Airport, killing 54 passengers and two crew out of a total of 340 people on board.[33]
  • On 24 October 2011, an overnight storm collapsed portions of terminal roofs and blew out most windows in the control tower. Four people were slightly injured, one severely.[34]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Boletins Estatísticos Trimestrais" [Quarterly Statistical Bulletins]. ANAC (in Portuguese). Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority.
  2. ^ Annual Report 2019 (PDF), Lisbon: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, 28 January 2020
  3. ^ "Aeroportos portugueses com o maior crescimento de sempre" [Portuguese airports with the highest growth ever] (Press release) (in Portuguese). ANA Aeroportos de Portugal. 7 January 2016. Archived from the original on 15 February 2016.
  4. ^ "FARO". World Aero Data. WorldAeroData.com. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  5. ^ AIP Part 3 – AD 2 Aerodromes Archived 15 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Official Ryanair website - Cheap flights from Ireland - Ryanair".
  8. ^ a b "Faro Airport (FAO) - Unserved Routes in the Route Shop".
  9. ^ "Faro International Airport Terminal Expansion". Airport Technology. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  10. ^ "The history of Porto Airport - Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport". Porto-Airport-Car-Rental.com. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  11. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air France S20 Spain/Portugal network additions". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  12. ^ https://mediacentre.britishairways.com/news/09122020/fly-to-europe-from-southampton-with-british-airways?ref=News
  13. ^ "Jet2's Bristol Airport base will bring 450,000-holiday seats". ukaviation.news. 11 November 2020.
  14. ^ Liu, Jim. "Ryanair / Laudamotion S20 network consolidation as of 18JUN20". Routesonline. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  15. ^ https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en
  16. ^ https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/ulsterbusiness/news/ryanair-returning-to-belfast-city-airport-with-eight-new-summer-routes-40157864.html
  17. ^ "SAS S19 European network additions". Routesonline.
  18. ^ a b Liu, Jim. "Smartwings schedules seasonal routes from Poland in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Swiss ouvre cinq routes estivales à Genève | Air Journal". www.air-journal.fr.
  20. ^ Liu, Jim (3 December 2019). "Transavia France launches Montpellier base in April 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  21. ^ "Flight Timetable". tui.co.uk.
  22. ^ a b "Flight plan". tui.be.
  23. ^ a b Liu, Jim. "Volotea S20 new routes as of 29NOV19". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  24. ^ https://www.cardiff-airport.com/news/2020/12/03/wizz-air-announces-further-uk-expansion-with-new-base-at-cardiff-airport/
  25. ^ "Wizz Air announces new base and major expansion at Doncaster Sheffield Airport". Wizzair.com. 13 August 2020.
  26. ^ Liu, Jim. "Wizz Air S20 new routes addition as of 09JUN20". Routesonline. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  27. ^ "Eurostat Data Explorer". Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  28. ^ "Faro airport transfers - Faro taxis - best taxi rates online". Cheap-Taxis.com. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  29. ^ Portugal, ANA - Aeroportos de (8 July 2016). "Kiss & Fly - Faro Airport". AeroportoFaro.pt. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  30. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps.
  31. ^ "Studies to be carried out on rail link to Faro Airport". The Portugal News. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  32. ^ List of Airport Service Quality Award winners#5-15 million
  33. ^ "Final Report on the Accident Occurring at Faro Airport - Portugal on 21 December 1992" (PDF).
  34. ^ "Storm damages Faro airport, snarls flights". portugaldailyview.com. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.

External linksEdit

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