Airports in Portugal

Aeroporto da Portela de Sacavem

Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) is located 4.3 miles (7km) north of Portugal’s capital and is a pleasant introduction to this historic city.

With daily flights to Lisbon Portela Airport from all over the world, it is one of the largest airports in Southern Europe and acts as the main gateway to Portugal’s many attractions. Recent improvements include a second terminal, additional lighting and baggage claim refurbishment.

Lisbon Portela offers a number of shopping and dining options in its original terminal, although there's less choice in the new terminal. At about ten minutes on foot, getting from gates to baggage claims and immigration can be a tiring affair. Check-in desks are sometimes disorganized, often resulting in long queues and frustrated passengers.

Overall, the airport is clean and modern, and with plans to develop the airport over the next few years, it can only get better.  

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Faro Airport (FAO) is the gateway to the Algarve region in Portugal, a popular vacation destination for sun-starved visitors from Northern Europe and the UK. The airport is small, but sees more than a million passengers a year, and flights to Faro Airport arrive in droves during the peak summer season.

The terminal is undergoing renovations to keep up with numbers, but the current expansion is only due to be completed in 2013. If you're going on vacation, be prepared for long queues at the check-in area and at the security desks, which are often swamped at peak times.

Faro itself, only 1.6 miles (2.6km) from the airport, dates back to the 8th century and is blessed with gorgeous, hot summers. Take a stroll through the city streets and enjoy the beautiful buildings, statues and monuments.

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Francisco Sa Carneiro (Pedras Rubras)

Often known as Porto Airport, Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport (OPO) is the main airfield for the northern Portuguese city. It is named for Francisco Sa Carneiro, a former prime minister who died in a plane crash while on his way to the airport.

The third-busiest in Portugal (after Lisbon and Faro), it welcomes more than 5 million passengers each year. It’s a base for Ryanair, Europe’s biggest budget airline. Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport is spacious and modern with curving lines reminiscent of Gaudi, although the terminal’s lack of natural light can be hard on your eyes after a few hours.

Almost half of flights to Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport come from Germany and France, but there are flights available to many other destinations worldwide, including London, Zurich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Casablanca, Luanda, Toronto, Montreal, and Caracas.

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Madeira Airport (FNC) The airport is located 13km (8 miles) from the centre of Funchal. 

To/from the airport: Buses and taxis are the modes of transport to the centre of the island and resort areas. 

Facilities: ATMs, trolleys, a left-luggage office, lockers and a lost-items counter, hairdresser, baby-care areas and Wi-Fi.

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