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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[1] of Faro in Portugal. The airport opened in July 1965.[2] A total of 6.4 million passengers used Faro airport in 2015. The airport became a hub for the first time in March 2010, when Ryanair decided to base seven of its aircraft there.[3] It is very busy from March to October, to the extent that it becomes a slot coordinated airport.[4]

Faro Airport

Aeroporto Internacional de Faro
Airport typePublic
OwnerANA Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.
OperatorANA Aeroportos de Portugal
ServesFaro, Algarve, Portugal
Elevation AMSL7 m / 23 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 (2018)
Passengers change 17-18Decrease 0.5%
Aircraft Movements57,352
Movements change 17-18Decrease 0.2%
Cargo (t)120
Cargo change 17-18Increase 2.9%
Sources: ANAC [1], [2], ANA [3]


Inside the arrivals hall at Faro airport
The forecourt of the arrivals hall
Terminal building
Terminal building

Faro Airport is capable of handling six million passengers a year. There are 22 stands of which 16 are remote, with 60 check-in desks and 36 boarding gates.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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 (begins 4 April 2020)[7]
Air Transat Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
British Airways London–Gatwick
Seasonal: London–City, London–Heathrow, London–Stansted
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich
Corendon Airlines Brussels
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen
easyJet Belfast–International, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Bristol, Glasgow, Lille, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Southend, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Toulouse
Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel, Naples[8]
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna
Seasonal: Hamburg
Iberia Regional Seasonal: Madrid Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jet Time Seasonal: Helsinki
Lauda Vienna
Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Seasonal charter: Dublin[9]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Billund,[10] Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Copenhagen, London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen
Ryanair[11] Beauvais, Berlin–Schönefeld (ends 6 January 2020),[12] Berlin–Tegel, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bremen (ends 7 January 2020),[12] Bristol, Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Glasgow–Prestwick, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London–Stansted, London–Southend, Manchester, Marseille, Memmingen, Porto, Weeze (ends 6 January 2020)[12]
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast–International, Bergamo, Bordeaux, Cardiff, Kerry, Knock, London–Luton, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newquay, Shannon, Warsaw–Modlin, Wrocław
Scandinavian Airlines Aarhus,[13] Copenhagen, Gothenburg,[13] Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Oslo–Gardermoen[13]
SkyUp Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil[14]
Smartwings Seasonal: Katowice[15] Lille, Prague, Warsaw–Chopin[15]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva[16]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Groningen, Rotterdam/The Hague
Transavia France Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Exeter, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester[17]
Seasonal charter: Dublin[18]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Ostend/Bruges, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam
Volotea Seasonal: Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Verona
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest, Katowice

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.[19]

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.[20]


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.[21] A study into a rail link to the airport was undertaken in 2018.[22]


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 to the phone inside.

Car rentalsEdit

There are all major car rental companies that can provide car hire service from the Airport. These companies are mainly located at "Parking P4 - Car Hire". Car hire can also be arranged from within the airport.


In 2012 Airports Council International gave Faro Airport the title of Best Improvement in Europe.[23][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.[24]
  • 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.[25]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ AIP Part 3 – AD 2 Aerodromes Archived 15 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Official Ryanair website - Cheap flights from Ireland - Ryanair".
  4. ^ a b "Faro Airport (FAO) - Unserved Routes in the Route Shop".
  5. ^ "Faro International Airport Terminal Expansion". Airport Technology. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  6. ^ "The history of Porto Airport - Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport". 1 February 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  7. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air France S20 Spain/Portugal network additions". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  8. ^ "EasyJet lança novos voos para Ibiza, Nápoles e Zurique - Ambitur".
  9. ^ "Flight Only". Sunway. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  10. ^ Liu, Jim (5 February 2019). "Norwegian expands Danish network in S19". Routesonline. UBM (UK) Ltd. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  11. ^
  12. ^ a b c
  13. ^ a b c "SAS S19 European network additions". Routesonline.
  14. ^ "Ukrainian SkyUp Airlines to launch direct flight to Portugal".
  15. ^ a b Liu, Jim. "Smartwings schedules seasonal routes from Poland in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Swiss ouvre cinq routes estivales à Genève | Air Journal".
  17. ^ "Flight Timetable".
  18. ^ "Flight Timetable".
  19. ^ "Faro airport transfers - Faro taxis - best taxi rates online". Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  20. ^ Portugal, ANA - Aeroportos de (8 July 2016). "Kiss & Fly - Faro Airport". Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps.
  22. ^ "Studies to be carried out on rail link to Faro Airport". The Portugal News. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  23. ^ List of Airport Service Quality Award winners#5-15 million
  24. ^ "Final Report on the Accident Occurring at Faro Airport - Portugal on 21 December 1992" (PDF).
  25. ^ "Storm damages Faro airport, snarls flights". 24 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.

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