Lisbon Airport (LIS/LPPT)

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Why Lisbon?


  • Capital city of Portugal.
  • More than 5 million people live within 2 hours distance.
  • Central location, midway between the north (Oporto) and the south of Portugal (Algarve).
  • 1h30m away from Badajoz, the biggest city of province of Extremadura in Spain.
  • The most important European hub to Brazil and the biggest Star Alliance hub to South America.
  • One of the most important European gateways to Africa


  • European City of the Year 2012 – Academy of Urbanism, UK
  • Lisbon is “Destination of the Year” for Jaunted (North American travel website which is a guide for globetrotters) from Condé Naste group.
  • Lisbon wins “Holiday Check Award 2013 Destination Award” in the category of City Trips. The online tour operator determined that Lisbon got the best satisfaction index from travelers reviews.
  • The city of Lisbon ranked 40th in the world top100 according to the 2013 City Rep Track by the Reputation Institute.
  • Lisbon was voted Best Destination “City Breaks on a Budget”, the first edition of Amadeus WTM Travel & Experience Awards which distinguishes the best experiences of travel.
  • Lisbon wins the prize for “Europe’s Leading City Break Destination” from the World Travel Awards.
    The city was also nominated for other World Travel Awards: best
    European cruise destination, best European cruise port and World’s Leading City Break Destination 2013.
  • Several awards and nominations have been given to Lisbon hotels and the first four places in the top 10 of the best hostels in the world are occupied by Lisbon hostels. There are around 180 hotels and almost 19.000 rooms in the Greater Lisbon area.
  • Lisbon is in the Top 20 of the most visited European cities with 2.6 million foreign visitors reveal the results of the Global Destination Cities Index 2013 by MasterCard. The Portuguese capital ranks 39th out of 132 cities worldwide.


  • 150 km of Atlantic white sand beaches within easy reach
  • In 2012, Lisbon hosted the Tall Ships race and Volvo Ocean Race
  • Cascais, west of Lisbon, hosted the America’s Cup World Series in 2011 Ericeira, north of Lisbon is Europe’s only and one World’s three Surfing Reserves
  • Lisbon region beaches host every year several surf and windsurf World championships


  • Top class golf courses and international level infrastructure benefitting from a mild climate that allows the sport to be played throughout the year.
  • The quality and diversity of more than 20 golf courses located less than an hour’s drive from the Portuguese capital ensures golfers a unique experience.
  • In 2007 Lisbon Golf Coast was voted European Golf destination of the year by International Association of Golf Tour Operators.


  • 559.434 cruise passengers (2013)
  • 2.824 ships (2013)

Featuring a 15.5 metre deep channel and over 1 500 metres of berthing quay with depth between -8 and -10 m, Lisbon has been for long a harbour of refuge for many cruise ships. Located in a magnificent landscape, Lisbon is an important port of call for cruises between the Atlantic Coast and Europe, the western Mediterranean and the north of Europe, the Atlantic Isles and the north of Africa as well as for Trans-Atlantic trips.



  • Lisbon’s GDP of 64.5 billion €
  • 37% of total Portuguese GDP
  • Ranked 15th place worldwide and 13th in the European list of the World for International Meetings Ranking – ICCA 2012
  • 17th best city to locate a business – European Cities Monitor 2010


  • The Port of Lisbon handled over 12.030.000 tons cargo handled (2013)
  • The Port of Sines is the main port in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the most important ports in Europe and it has handled more than 36.500.000 tons of cargo (2013)


  • 0.5M foreigners live in Portugal. 0.2M live in Lisbon region, 50% of African and 39% of European origin.
  • 5 million of Portuguese origin live around the world: North America (1.5 million), Europe (1.5 million), South America (1.2 million) and South Africa (0.5M).



  • Lisbon airport has set up an Airlines Performance Rewards within a strategy of traffic growth and diversification. This system rewards airlines opening new routes, increasing frequencies focusing in the overall growth of airlines at Lisbon airport.
  • Lisbon Airport also proactively engages in promotional support for airlines, advertising campaigns as well as market research and product development in  the Portuguese market.


Airline Performance Rewards – Application Form

Airline Performance Rewards – Regulations

Catchment Area

  • 60 min catchment area: more than 2.5 million inhabitants
  • 90 min catchment area: more than 5 million inhabitants

Freight opportunities

As part of the ongoing Expansion Plan, the new Cargo Complex was inaugurated in December 2008. It has increased capacity to 100,000 tons per year and can go up to 150,000 tons per year.

For more information on cargo opportunities please contact:


  • Lisbon Airport is conveniently located only 7 Km (4 miles) away from Lisbon city centre.

How to get to the airport

In terms of accessibility the motorway network and the rail system link Lisbon to the main cities of Portugal. The new subway (metro) station inaugurated in July 2012 links the airport to many city stations including Oriente (Parque das Nações). This infrastructure has a significant impact on access to/from Lisbon airport and represents an important interface for air travelers, giving them convenient, fast access to the city’s centre.

There are several other options in terms of ground transportation such as the Aerobus, Bus lines and Taxis.

Infrastructure & Operations

Reference Points: LAT: 38 46 27N | LONG: 009 08 03W
Operational Hours: H24 (night restrictions apply – 91 weekly mov, 14 daily)
Min Connect Time: 45 minutes
Local Time: UTC (Nov-Mar) | UTC+1 (Apr-Oct)
Coordinated Airport : Slot requests through
ICAO Category: 4E
Category for fire fighting: 9
Terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (Terminal 2 is for departures only)
Capacity Departures: 4.000 (2.500 Schengen | 1.500 Non Schengen)
Runways: 2 | 38 Movements/hour
03/21 – 3.805x45m
17/35 – 2.400x45m
54/62 aircraft stands of which 17 are served by air bridges

Lisbon Airport infrastructure plan
Lisbon Airport route map

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • Main objectives of the Lisbon Airport Expansion Plan were to support the expected growth in the present traffic up to 17 million passengers, guaranteeing improved levels of quality, comfort and safety in the service provided.
  • Moreover, this plan consolidated the position of Lisbon Airport as an European hub, increasing the capacity and efficiency of the aircraft circulation system, enhancing the quality of the service provided, and increasing the handling capacity of the terminals (passengers, baggage and cargo), to cope with demand.

Vital statistics


  • Total passengers: 16 million (+4,6%)
  • Aircraft movements: 142,3 thousand (+1.0%)
  • Total freight handled: 88,5 thousand tons (-2.0%)
  • Average load factor: 75%
  • Low Cost market represented 16% of total traffic in 2013 with a total of 2,6 million passengers.
  • 37 airlines and 106 scheduled destinations on Summer ’13
  • Home Based airlines: TAP Portugal, SATA International and easyJet
  • 39 airlines and 114 scheduled destinations on Summer ’14

Passenger Profile

  • Transfer Passengers: 38,9% | Outbound: 35,2% | Inbound: 25,9%
  • Leisure: 34.5% | Business: 31.2% | VFR: 27.1% | Other: 7.2%
  • Male: 51.9% | Female: 48.1%
  • Age: < 25: 14.1% | 26-34: 24.6% | 35-44: 21.6% | 45-54: 16.5% | > 55: 18.6% | DK/NA: 4.5%
  • Nationality: Portuguese: 40.8% | French: 7.6% | Spanish: 6% | Brazilian: 5.9% | USA: 5.3% | UK: 5.2% | German: 4.7% | Others: 24.5%


Regulated Charges Guide 2014