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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.

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport

Aeroporto Sá Carneiro
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerVinci Group
OperatorANA Aeroportos de Portugal
ServesPorto, Portugal
Location11 km (6.8 mi) NW of Porto
Opened1945
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
Websitewww.aeroportoporto.pt
Map
LPPR is located in Portugal
LPPR
LPPR
Location in Portugal
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 3,480 11,417 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers11.941.218
Passengers change 17-18Increase10.7%
Aircraft Movements92,025
Movements change 17-18Increase 7.9%

LocationEdit

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]

HistoryEdit

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 destinationsEdit

PassengerEdit

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

AirlinesDestinations
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, Montpellier (begins 14 December 2019),[5] Nantes, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Stuttgart, Toulouse, Zürich
Seasonal: Bordeaux,[6] Ibiza, Málaga
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 Vienna (begins 28 October 2019)[10]
Level 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 (begins 29 October 2019)[11] Cagliari, Châlons-Vatry, Charleroi, Carcassonne, Clermont-Ferrand, Cologne/Bonn, Dole, Dortmund, Dublin, Eindhoven, Faro, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Krakow, Lisbon, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Luxembourg, Madrid, Malaga (begins 29 October 2019), Malta, Manchester, Marrakech, Marseille, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa, Nuremberg, Ponta Delgada, Rome–Ciampino, Seville, Tenerife–South (ends 5 January 2020)[12][13], Terceira, Toulouse, Tours, Treviso, Valencia, Weeze
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Gran Canaria, La Rochelle, Lille, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Strasbourg, Warsaw–Modlin
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda
TAP Air Portugal[14] Amsterdam, Barcelona (ends 26 October 2019),[15] Brussels, Funchal, Geneva, Lisbon, London–City (ends 25 October 2019),[16] 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
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[17]
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark
Volotea Bilbao
Vueling Barcelona, Bilbao, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Wizz Air Budapest, London–Luton,[18] Vienna (begins 18 December 2019)[19]
Seasonal: Katowice, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław

CargoEdit

AirlinesDestinations
DHL AviationLeipzig/Halle, London-Heathrow, Vitoria
Turkish Airlines CargoMadrid, Istanbul-Atatürk
UPS AirlinesCologne/Bonn, Lisbon

StatisticsEdit

Busiest routes from Porto Airport (2018)
Rank City, 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

AccessEdit

Besides taxi services and the road link, there are several public transportation links available:

MetroEdit

 
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).

CarEdit

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.

BusEdit

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.

ShuttleEdit

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.

AccoladesEdit

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.[20][21]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  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. ^ https://www.airport-technology.com/projects/oporto/
  4. ^ "Azul anuncia Porto como novo destino inter; estreia em 2019" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  5. ^ Liu, Jim (21 August 2019). "easyJet further expands new routes in W19". Routesonline.
  6. ^ "easyJet announces 4 new destinations for 2019". Bordeaux-Merignac Airport. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/283014/emirates-schedules-porto-launch-in-july-2019/
  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 news.cision.com 31 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Laudamotion chega ao Porto em Outubro com voos para Viena". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  11. ^ https://corporate.ryanair.com/news/ryanair-launches-new-budapest-routes-to-lisbon-and-porto-for-winter-2019/?market=hu
  12. ^ https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2019/0823/1070574-ryanair-to-close-4-spanish-bases-next-year-union/
  13. ^ https://www.ryanair.com
  14. ^ flytap.com - Flight information retrieved 22 August 2019
  15. ^ "TAP define plano de rota para 2020". Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  16. ^ "TAP define plano de rota para 2020". Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)".
  18. ^ https://wizzair.com/en-gb/information-and-services/about-us/news/2018/12/17/wizz-air-celebrates-40-million-passengers-at-london-luton-with-further-expansion-at-uk-base#/
  19. ^ Liu, Jim. "Wizz Air expands Vienna network in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Porto Airport voted best in Europe in category of 5 to 15 million passengers" ANA Aeroportos de Portugal Retrieved 2017-06-18
  21. ^ "Past Winners - Airports Council International" Airports Council International. Retrieved 2014-03-04

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