Faro Airport (FAO/LPFR)

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Other Major reasons to serve this airport

  • Faro airport is the only international airport serving the South of Portugal (Algarve) and the Southwest coast of Spain.
  • Since it’s opening in July of 1965, Faro airport has become one of the leading leisure airports in Portugal, processing over 5, 6 million passengers in 2011 from over 70 destinations across Europe.
  • The Algarve is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations offering miles of sandy beaches, a vibrant nightlife, award wining golf courses, and a unique gastronomy. The Algarve also offers a wide selection of 4 and 5 star hotels and Spas, sports training centres and conference halls to cater for all needs.
  • Due to its favourable all year round climate and excellent natural, social and cultural conditions, the Algarve is a popular second home location for many frequent visitors.


Marketing and other support

With the aim of ever improving the relationship with our business partners, Faro airport offers a wide range of marketing solutions and support:
  • Reward systems for airlines and tour operators that achieve high levels of performance on new and underserved routes.
  • Tailor-made PR and communication support for route launches and carefully planned marketing support for ad-hoc initiatives.
  • Market analysis and statistics available on request.
  • Detailed information concerning services offered at Faro airport, air traffic data, passenger profiles, airport brand and much more is available to airlines at http://routelab.ana.pt

Catchment Area

Faro Airport catchment area

  • Easily accessible by car and close to the city’s train station, over 395.000 inhabitants live within 60 minutes of Faro Airport.
  • Beyond the Spanish border lies the Huelva region which together with the Algarve increases the catchment area to 541.000 inhabitants.
  • An extended catchment area of between 60 and 180 minutes increases the range to 1.286.360 inhabitants (949.670 Portuguese and 336.690 Spanish).
  • With a year-round mild climate the Algarve offers you some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, appealing cultural traditions and an unforgettable traditional cuisine. The Algarve is also a top European golfing destination, favoured among golfers from all over the world.
  • The region also offers ideal conditions for hosting meetings, incentives, congresses and events all year around. A number of meetings & banqueting venues, conferences & exhibition services are available and frequently promoted abroad through the Algarve Promotion Bureau.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Directly impacted by the Algarve tourism destination the following brands have an important economic impact:

  • Algarve International Racetrack
  • PGA Portugal – organizes and develops golf for the Algarve bringing world class players to the region.
  • International Gourmet Festival – Held every year at 2 Michelin Star restaurant Vila Joya.
  • Vitacress – major producer in the Algarve
  • Sir Cliff Richards Winery, were his famous Vida Nova wine is produced.
  • Quinta dos Vales Winery
  • Quinta do Barranco Longo Winery
  • Quinta do Francês winery
  • Quinta do Freixo – Producers of liquors, jams and compotes.
  • Marisol – Sea Salt producers of the Algarve


Faro Airport freight logos


  • GPS position: 37º 00’52” N / 007º 57′ 57” W
  • Faro airport is located in the South-Western point of Europe, in a privileged location between Northern and Central Europe and the Northeast coast of Africa.
  • 6 Km from Faro city centre within easy access by taxi or bus.
  • Close to the A22 highway, with connections throughout the Algarve and direct to Lisbon and Spain.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • 1 Runway 2610×150
  • 22 Stands (21 remote)
  • 24 ATM per hour (arr+dep)
  • Operating hours: 06h00 to 24h00
  • Slot coordinated airport during IATA Summer seasons
  • Single terminal 68.500m2 with 60 check-in desks and 36 boarding gates
  • 100% hold baggage screening
  • Full baggage tracing
  • Processing of golf bags as regular baggage
  • Maximum passenger flow capacity p/ year: 6.000.000 pax
  • Maximum passenger flow capacity p/hour: 2.400 pax
  • Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (RFFS): RFFS category 8 (9 available with 72H prior notice)
  • Ground handling services: 1 (Portway)
  • Separate Schengen and non-Schengen arrival areas

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • Since its opening in 1966 Faro airport has had 2 major developments: The opening of the new passenger terminal building in 1989 and its enlargement in 2001.
  • The new development plan 2009-2013 has already begun. Faced with growing traffic demand and passenger safety and satisfaction needs, over the next 4 years Faro airport will undergo extensive improvements to runway and infrastructure as well as a wide-spread renovation of the airport terminal and commercial areas, namely:
    • Increase of aircraft parking capacity from 22 to 33 positions, which will increase ATM’s from 22 to 30 per hour and passenger flow from 2400 to 3000 mov/h.
    • Increase operational safety.
    • Increase of airport capacity from 6 million to 8 million passengers per year.
    • Functional and architectural modernization of the airport terminal
    • Renovation and expansion of commercial areas.
Faro Airport baggage collection

Vital statistics

  • 23 schedule airlines (14 LCC´s) and 34 charter airlines fly from Faro to over 70 destinations in Europe.
  • Total passengers 2011: 5.6MI (+5.1%)
  • Aircraft Movements 2011: 44.878 (+0.7%)
  • Share of passengers in 2011:
    • LCC: 76.9% (+2%)
    • FSC: 10.7% (+35%)
    • Charter: 12.3% (-16%)
    • Largest carriers: Ryanair, EasyJet, Monarch, Transavia, TAP Portugal


Detailed information concerning Faro airport charges and other information is available to airlines at http://routelab.ana.pt