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


Lisbon is Portugal’s capital city and the center of a metropolitan area of around 3 million inhabitants.

Lisbon is the westernmost large city within the Euro Zone. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula with easy access to most European capital cities and located only a few hours flight away from the rest of Europe. It also represents a hub to the American and Africa continents.

Lisbon is one of the most diverse cities in Europe and in 2014 it welcomed nearly 5 million tourists with its centuries of rich history as no other city has to offer its visitors: the city life and culture, beach, golf, surf and other nautical sports, all in such a concentrated area!

Being one of Europe’s most captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills with scenic and exceptional views and world heritage monuments and museums, Lisbon has a lot to offer and has been acknowledged for its uniqueness.

2014 World Travel Awards

The Portuguese capital won awards for Europe’s Leading Cruise Port and Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination. In 2013 the award was for Europe’s Leading City Break Destination.

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Guests in Lisbon (No.) nearly 5 miliion in 2014 (Turismo de Portugal)

  • 68% Foreign
  • 32% Domestic

Overnights in Lisbon (No.) more than 11,5 miliion in 2014 (Turismo de Portugal)

  • 76% Foreign
  • 24% Domestic
  • Bed Occupancy Rate 67.8%


  • 150 km of Atlantic white sand beaches within easy reach
  • In 2015, Lisbon will host again the Volvo Ocean Race
  • Cascais, west of Lisbon, hosts many sailing events year round.
  • Ericeira, north of Lisbon is Europe’s only and one of the 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.


  • 501.433 cruise passengers (2014)
  • 2.709 ships (2014)

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 per capita: 21,7 thounsand €
  • Ranked 9th place worldwide and 8th in the European list of the World for International Meetings Ranking – ICCA 2013
  • 17th best city to locate a business – European Cities Monitor 2010


  • The Port of Lisbon handled over 11.853.521 tons cargo handled (2014)
  • 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 37.582.941 tons of cargo (2014)


  • 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).

Acknowledgement of Lisbon’s performance  

  • Mercer | 2015 Quality of Living Ranking
    Lisbon rose two places to 41st position (out of 230) in the list of cities with the best quality of life, according to the Mercer’s “Quality of Living Ranking 2015″. The 1st place was assigned to Vienna. Economic, socio-cultural environment and availability of consumer goods are some of the high points of Lisbon city.
  • 2015 Best European Destination
    Lisbon has won a prestigious second place as best destination for a holiday or city-trip in 2015.
  • Financial Times | European Cities and Regions of the Future 2014/15
    Lisbon comes in 22nd place in the overall ranking  for foreign direct investment (FDI) of the Financial Times.
  • 2014 World Travel Awards
    Lisbon was one of the highlights of the ceremony: the Portuguese capital won awards for Europe’s Leading Cruise Port and Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination. In 2013 the award was for Europe’s Leading City Break Destination.
  • 2014 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index
    Lisbon ranked 38th as Most Visited City in the World and 15th in Europe in the “MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index”.
  • 2013 International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA)
    Lisbon ranked 9th place in the world ranking having risen six positions in comparison to 2012 (with 125 meetings).
    In the European ranking Lisbon climbed five places to 8th place.
  • 2012 The Academy of Urbanism Award
    Lisbon has been recognized with The European City of the Year Award as a place that has positively improved its economic, social and physical environment

Route Development / Marketing

Lisbon’s city attractiveness and performance has been recognized, nominated and awarded not only by several tourism related entities (travel magazines, websites, consumer choices, etc.) but also by the business industry (International meetings, corporate events, worldwide notorious events, etc) consolidating Lisbon as a renowned destination.

As part of the airport’s ongoing development plans, extensive renovations and improvements were made along the year. In the near future, these will contribute to improve the overall performance of Lisbon airport, thus enhancing the passenger airport experience.


  • Luxair | Luxembourg – The airline started connecting Lisbon-Luxembourg from the 31st of March.
  • Ryanair | Base and 7 new destinations – Inauguration of the Ryanair base (April 1st) in Lisbon and opening of 7 new destinations: Dole, Dublin, Faro, Manchester, Marseille, Porto and Pisa.
  • Swiss | Geneva – Swiss started operating Geneva-Lisbon (four weekly frequencies) in April.
  • US Airways | Charlotte – US Airways started a new route from Lisbon to Charlotte in North Carolina, USA in May.
  • Vueling | Ibiza – Vueling started operations from Lisbon to Ibiza on June 21st. The airline connected Lisbon to the Balearic Island until mid-September.
  • TAP | New destinations – In June and July TAP started operating 11 new routes, increasing its network to 88 destinations in 38 countries, with four new destinations in Central and South America (Manaus-Belem, Bogota and Panama City). and serving seven new European cities (Hanover, Gothenburg, Asturias (Oviedo), Belgrade, Nantes, St Petersburg and Tallinn)
  • Air Canada Rouge | Toronto – The new leisure airline from Air Canada added its 11th European route with the addition of seasonal services from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Lisbon (LIS) on 21st of June in a three times weekly operation.
  • Ryanair | Announced new routes – Four more routes were announced by the airline, from Lisbon to Bremen, Eindhoven, Hamburg, Milan (Bergamo) and Rome (Ciampino), starting from the end of October 2014.


  • DECEMBER – Lisbon airport passed the 18 million passengers per year mark for the first time.
  • OCTOBER – Commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of Lisbon airport.


RouteLAB is ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal B2B tool, dedicated to the aviation segment – the airlines. Our B2B website was designed to offer each airport’s business partners and Stakeholders up-to-date and detailed information about services and infrastructures, the surrounding region, through catchment area maps and business opportunities (route development).

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Catchment Area


  • More than 5 million people living at 2 hours distance.
  • Lisbon city: 0,6 million
  • Greater Metropolitan Area: 2.6 million
  • Lisbon Region: 3 millions

Catchment and Demographics

Lisbon is Portugal’s capital city and the centre of a metropolitan area of around 3 million people. Lisbon airport has a catchment area of around 5 million people within a 2 hour distance.

It is one of the most diverse cities in Europe and in 2014 it welcomed nearly 5 million tourists with its 900 years of rich history as no other city has to offer its visitors the city life and culture, beach, golf, surf and other nautical sports, all in such a concentrated area!

The Lisbon region is the wealthiest in Portugal and most of the headquarters of Portuguese and International companies are located in the Lisbon region.

With its all year round mild climate, Lisbon is the perfect place to spend quality time either for leisure or business, as it consistently ranks among World’s top cities.

Lisbon is perfect to combine business with pleasure as it ranks 9th in the World as one of the cities hosting more international congresses and conferences ICCA and 8th in the European Ranking (ICCA ranking).

Lisbon’s conferences world class facilities are complemented with a great variety of Hotels from great luxury to budget Hostels catering everything to everyone, still at an affordable price when compared to other European or World cities.

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.

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  • 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)
Terminal 1 Capacity Arr/Dep pax per 60’ (Summer 15): 4.500/3.800 passengers/h
Arr/Dep pax N-Schengen (S15): 2.000/1.500 passengers/h
Arr/Dep pax Schengen (S15): 2.500/2.300 passengers/h
Terminal 2 Capacity Dep pax per 60’ (Summer 15): 900 passengers/h
Dep pax N-Schengen (S15): 450 passengers/h
Dep pax Schengen (S15): 600 passengers/h
Runways: 03/21 – 3.805x45m
17/35 – 2.400x45m
Total Movements I hour (arr+dep) up to 40
54/62 aircraft stands of which 17 are served by air bridges

Lisbon Airport infrastructure plan

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • Main objectives of the Lisbon Airport Expansion Plan were to support the expected growth of traffic 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: 18,1 million (+13.3%)
  • Aircraft movements: 152,3 thousand (+7,0%)
  • Total freight handled: 94,3 thousand tons (+6,6%)
  • Average load factor: 80%
  • Low Cost market share is 21% of total traffic in 2014 with a total of 3,8 million passengers.
  • Home Based airlines: TAP Portugal, easyJet and Ryanair
  • 118 scheduled destinations and 38 airlines

Passenger Profile (2014)

  • Inbound: 63% | Outbound: 37% | Transfer Passengers: 29% (inbound and outbound)
  • Male: 57% | Female: 43%
  • Age: < 25: 15% | 26-35: 30% | 36-45: 30% | 46-55: 14% | > 56: 11%
  • Legacy pax trip purpose: Business: 14% | Leisure: 86%


Regulated Charges Guide 2015