Lisbon Portela Airport

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Lisbon Portela Airport
Aeroporto da Portela
Ana topo logo lisboa.jpg
Take off of S4 467 LIS-FNC, July 11, 2011 (5939962876).jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerVinci Group
OperatorANA – Aeroportos de Portugal
ServesLisbon, Portugal
LocationPortela de Sacavém
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL114 m / 374 ft
Coordinates38°46′27″N 009°08′03″W / 38.77417°N 9.13417°W / 38.77417; -9.13417Coordinates: 38°46′27″N 009°08′03″W / 38.77417°N 9.13417°W / 38.77417; -9.13417
LPPT is located in Portugal
Location within Portugal
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft Movements146,361
Source: Portuguese AIP[1]
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Lisbon Portela Airport
Aeroporto da Portela
Ana topo logo lisboa.jpg
Take off of S4 467 LIS-FNC, July 11, 2011 (5939962876).jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerVinci Group
OperatorANA – Aeroportos de Portugal
ServesLisbon, Portugal
LocationPortela de Sacavém
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL114 m / 374 ft
Coordinates38°46′27″N 009°08′03″W / 38.77417°N 9.13417°W / 38.77417; -9.13417Coordinates: 38°46′27″N 009°08′03″W / 38.77417°N 9.13417°W / 38.77417; -9.13417
LPPT is located in Portugal
Location within Portugal
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft Movements146,361
Source: Portuguese AIP[1]

Lisbon Portela Airport, also known as Lisbon Airport (IATA: LISICAO: LPPT), is an international airport located in the city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. In Portuguese, it is called Aeroporto de Lisboa, Aeroporto da Portela, or Aeroporto da Portela de Sacavém. It takes its name from the neighbouring parish (freguesia) of Portela in Loures Municipality, formerly known as Portela de Sacavém.

The airport is the main international gateway to Portugal and a major European hub. It is one of the largest and best equipped airports in Western Europe for maintenance,[2] navigation and air traffic control,[3] and passenger service, having been nominated as Europe's Leading Airport for five consecutive years in the World Travel Awards.[4] In 2013, the airport handled 16,024,955 passengers and 88,459 tonnes of cargo.[1]

The airport is the main hub of TAP Portugal and its subsidiary Portugália, a focus city for easyJet, Ryanair and SATA International and also the base for charter airlines euroAtlantic Airways, Hi Fly and White Airways. The airport is run by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal which has been concessioned to the French group Vinci Airports in February 2013.[5]


Main check-in area at terminal 1


The airport opened on 15 October 1942 during the Second World War. As a neutral airport it was open to both German and British airlines, it was a hub for smuggling people into, out of and all around Europe, as widely referenced in the classic film Casablanca, whose plot revolved around an escape attempt to Lisbon airport. As such, it was heavily monitored by both Axis and Allied spies. Although Portugal was neutral, the airport was used by allied flights en route to Gibraltar, North Africa and Cairo.[6]

At the end of the war the airport developed quickly and by 1946 was used by major airlines like Air France, British European Airways, Iberia, KLM, Sabena, Pan Am and Trans World Airlines and by 1954 the number of passengers had reached 100,000.[6]

A 1951–52 airport diagram[7] shows four runways at 45-deg angles: 1350-m runway 5, 1024-m rwy 9, 1203-m rwy 14, and 1170-m rwy 18. Runways 5 and 36 were each being extended northward to become 1999 m.

A major upgrade in 1959–62 included a new runway capable of taking the first generation jets, Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8.[6] The first jet aircraft movement was an Air France Caravelle in 1960.[6] In 1962 runway 03/21 came into use, it was 3,130 m (10,270 ft) and would allow direct transatlantic flights.[6] The first direct flight to New York was operated by a TWA Boeing 707 who also operated the first Boeing 747 service in 1970.[6] When TAP ordered the 747, five large parking bays were built in 1972 and the terminal was enlarged.[6] A major upgrade to the buildings and facilities was started in 1983 and the first air bridges were added in 1991.[6]

Along with the airports in Beja, Porto, Faro, Flores, Santa Maria, Ponta Delgada and Horta, the airport's concessions to provide support to civil aviation was conceded to ANA Aeroportos de Portugal on 18 December 1998, under provisions of decree 404/98.[8] With this concession, ANA was also provided to the planning, development and construction of future infrastructures.[8]

Relocation Plans[edit]

The airport is now surrounded by urban development, being one of the few airports in Europe located inside a major city. This led to a national debate on whether to keep the present location or to build a new airport; the last option was chosen. Initially, Ota, a village 50 km (31 mi) north of Lisbon, was chosen as one of the sites for the new airport. In 2007 an independent study coordinated by the Portuguese Industry Confederation (CIP) suggested Alcochete as an alternative location (see Alcochete Airport). In Alcochete a military training facility currently occupies the site, but the military agreed to abandon the location provided it could transfer its facility to a different area. A second government-contracted study led by the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC)[9] concluded in late 2007 that Alcochete was the best location.

The selection of Alcochete was announced on 10 January 2008, more than 35 years after the first capacity increase studies were initiated. Portuguese government announced that Alcochete was the preliminary choice, to be finalised after public consultation.[10][11] The location of Alcochete as the construction site of the future Lisbon Airport was confirmed by the government on 8 May 2008,[12] but the contract was shelved as part of Portugal's cost-cutting measures, and completely dismissed from Portugal's transportation strategy plans in July 2013, with investment being concentrated on expanding and further improving the existing Lisbon Airport infrastructure.[13]

In November 2006, the company operating the airport, ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, announced an expansion plan for some airport structures, in order to respond to current passenger traffic growth trends and full capacity use of the airport, originally intended to respond to growth until the new airport was to be finished in 2017. This plan involved the construction of Terminal 2 (concluded and operational since August 2007) and expansion of Terminal 1, with new boarding gates (concluded in 2011), a large new shopping and restaurant area, new airbridges and new parking positions and a more efficient use of currently existing structures and a new underground Metro de Lisboa station, inaugurated in July 2012.

Terminal 2 is used by 4 scheduled low-cost flight airlines for departures to European, North Atlantic islands and North African destinations, while Terminal 1 handles all arrivals and regular scheduled and chartered flights from most major European and North American air carriers. In October 2010, the European low cost airline easyJet officially opened a new base at Lisbon Airport, exclusively using Terminal 2 for departures to 20 destinations.[14] A free shuttle bus connects Terminal 1 Departures area and Terminal 2 every 10 minutes.[15]

Between 2007 and 2013 several improvements and expansions have been performed upon Lisbon Airport. These included the construction of Terminal 2 and lighting along with baggage claim refurbishment, all of which have been completed. Outstanding are the new cargo facilities, fuel storage, north pier and boarding lounge, north bus gate and baggage claim, enlargement of express cargo facilities, electrical refurbishments, expansion of south pier, departure lounge refurbishments and underground station and other terminal improvements.[16] As part of the definite solution for Lisbon Airport, in July 2013 a new commercial area was inaugurated in the Terminal 1 air side area, with 20 new stores and spacious naturally lighted internal circulation areas.[17]

With the long-term concession of ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal to the French group Vinci Airports[5] the project for a new airport was postponed in July 2013, and it was decided that the existing Lisbon Airport would be further upgraded to surpass 20 million passengers annually, and would remain the present solution for this major European gateway.[18]


Lisbon Airport has two runways, both served by parallel taxiways for higher traffic use, and capable of accommodating large-size aircraft such as the Boeing 747-8. The airport has zero visibility approach and landing capacity with ILS cat. III on runway 21 and extremely low visibility approach and landing ILS cat. II on runway 03.[19]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aer LingusDublin1
Aigle AzurParis-Orly1
Air AlgérieAlgiers1
Air Canada RougeSeasonal: Toronto-Pearson1
Air EuropaMadrid1
Air Europa
operated by Privilege Style
Air FranceParis-Charles de Gaulle1
Air MoldovaChişinău1
Air TransatToronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
Binter CanariasGran Canaria1
British AirwaysLondon-Heathrow1
Brussels AirlinesBrussels1
easyJetAmsterdam, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Bristol, Edinburgh, Funchal, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Ponta Delgada (begins March 2015)2
easyJet SwitzerlandBasel/Mulhouse, Geneva2
euroAtlantic AirwaysBissau1
GermanwingsCologne/Bonn, Stuttgart1
IsrairSeasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion1
LufthansaFrankfurt, Munich1
Norwegian Air ShuttleCopenhagen
Seasonal: Oslo-Gardermoen
Royal Air MarocCasablanca1
RyanairBeauvais, Bergamo, Bremen, Brussels, Dole, Dublin, Eindhoven, Frankfurt-Hahn, Hamburg, London-Stansted, Manchester, Marseille, Pisa, Ponta Delgada (begins 1 April 2015),[20] Porto, Rome-Ciampino, Warsaw-Modlin (begins 30 March 2015)2
Scandinavian AirlinesSeasonal: Oslo-Gardermoen1
SATA InternationalBoston, Horta, Ponta Delgada, Santa Maria, Terceira, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Gran Canaria, Montréal-Trudeau
STP Airways
operated by euroAtlantic Airways
São Tomé1
Sun d'Or International Airlines
operated by El Al
Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion1
Swiss International Air LinesGeneva, Zurich1
TAAG Angola AirlinesLuanda1
TACVPraia, Sal, São Vicente
Seasonal: Boa Vista
TAP PortugalAccra, Amsterdam, Bamako, Barcelona, Belém, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bissau, Boa Vista, Bogotá, Bologna, Brasília, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Campinas, Caracas, Casablanca, Copenhagen, Dakar, Düsseldorf, Faro, Fortaleza, Frankfurt, Funchal, Geneva, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Hamburg, Hanover, Helsinki, Horta, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Luanda, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Manaus, Maputo, Marrakech, Miami, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich, Natal, Newark, Oslo-Gardermoen, Panama City, Paris-Orly, Pico Island, Ponta Delgada, Porto, Porto Alegre, Prague, Praia, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rome-Fiumicino, Sal, Salvador, São Paulo-Guarulhos, São Tomé, São Vicente, Stockholm-Arlanda, Terceira, Venice-Marco Polo, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin, Zagreb, Zurich
Seasonal: Belgrade (to be a seasonal route),[21] Porto Santo, St Petersburg(to be a seasonal route),[21] Tallinn (to be a seasonal route)[21][22]
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
A Coruña, Algiers, Barcelona, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Casablanca, Faro, Funchal, Luxembourg, Lyon, London-Gatwick, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Marrakech, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Oviedo, Porto, Seville, Tangier, Toulouse, Valencia1
Transaero AirlinesMoscow-Vnukovo1
Transavia.comAmsterdam, Eindhoven2 FranceNantes, Paris-Orly2
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul-Atatürk1
Ukraine International AirlinesKiev-Boryspil1
United AirlinesNewark1
US AirwaysSeasonal: Charlotte, Philadelphia1
VuelingBarcelona, Brussels, Paris-Orly
Seasonal: Ibiza
Wizz AirBudapest (begins 30 March 2015), Warsaw-Chopin (begins 31 March 2015)2


DHL AviationLondon-Heathrow; Leipzig-Halle; Vitoria
Med Airlines MarocCasablanca, Tangier[23]
SwiftairFunchal, Madrid
UPS Airlines
operated by Star Air
Porto, Cologne
TNT AirwaysLiege


Busiest routes from Lisbon Airport (2013)[24]
RankCity-AirportPassengers %
Top carriers
1Spain, Madrid975,849Decrease 12.2%Air Europa, easyJet, Iberia, Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal
2France, Paris-Orly884,063Increase 19.9%Aigle Azur, TAP Portugal, France, Vueling
3United Kingdom, London-Heathrow753,173Increase 2.8%British Airways, TAP Portugal
4Netherlands, Amsterdam663,778Increase 13.2%easyJet, KLM, TAP Portugal, Transavia
5Germany, Frankfurt558,519Increase 1.1%Lufthansa, TAP Portugal
6France, Paris-Charles de Gaulle542,947Decrease 0.4%Air France, Air Méditerranée, easyJet
7Spain, Barcelona514,813Decrease 14.5%Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal, Vueling
8Switzerland, Geneva468,017Increase 10.7%easyJet Switzerland, TAP Portugal
9Belgium, Brussels398,930Increase 0.8%Brussels Airlines, TAP Portugal
10Switzerland, Zurich389,647Increase 18.6%Swiss International, TAP Portugal
11Germany, Munich388,027Increase 5.2%Lufthansa, TAP Portugal
12Italy, Rome-Fiumicino382,934Decrease 3.6%easyJet, TAP Portugal
13Italy, Milan-Malpensa304,811Increase 5.7%easyJet, TAP Portugal
14Denmark, Copenhagen199,974Increase 32.0%easyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle, TAP Portugal
15United Kingdom, London-Gatwick189,336Increase 1.2%easyJet, TAP Portugal
16France, Lyon-Satolas173,384Increase 7.5%Air Méditerranée, easyJet, Portugália Airlines
17United Kingdom, London-Luton154,820Increase 1.0%easyJet
18Italy, Venice-Marco Polo135,704Increase 17.0%easyJet, TAP Portugal
19Germany, Hamburg134,063Increase 13.0%TAP Portugal
20Germany, Berlin-Schönefeld122,806Increase 55.8%easyJet, TAP Portugal
1Angola, Luanda386,387Increase 4.3%TAAG, TAP Portugal
2Brazil, São Paulo-Guarulhos275,419Increase 1.7%TAP Portugal
3Brazil, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão258,690Decrease 1.2%TAP Portugal
4United States, Newark238,663Increase 0.9%TAP Portugal, United Airlines
5United Arab Emirates, Dubai176,016Increase 144.9%Emirates
6Brazil, Fortaleza157,217Increase 1.2%TAP Portugal
7Brazil, Brasília151,427Increase 0.8%TAP Portugal
8Brazil, Recife148,121Increase 0.6%TAP Portugal
9Brazil, Salvador146,186Increase 1.0%TAP Portugal
10Brazil, Belo Horizonte-Confins131,455Decrease 3.2%TAP Portugal
1Portugal, Funchal787.992Increase 4.4%easyJet, Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal
2Portugal, Porto411,799Increase 2.5%Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal
3Portugal, Ponta Delgada294,297Decrease 3.0%Sata International, TAP Portugal
4Portugal, Faro186,475Decrease 4.9%Portugália Airlines, TAP Portugal
5Portugal, Terceira144,529Decrease 7.4%Sata International, TAP Portugal

Ground transportation[edit]


Metro de Lisboa station at Portela Airport

Lisbon airport has an underground Metro de Lisboa station at the Southern edge of the Terminal 1 arrivals area. The metro red line connects the city centre and the other three subway lines with the airport every 6 to 9 minutes, from 06:30 to 01:00; the metro takes 16 minutes to reach the city centre and 5 minutes to Gare do Oriente train and bus station.

Preceding station Lisbon Metro Following station
Red LineTerminus


Carris city buses stop just outside Terminal 1 arrivals, with bus route 783 connecting to Marquis of Pombal Square, and Amoreiras and night route 208 (00:30-05:35) to downtown Baixa and Cais do Sodré train station and to Gare do Oriente train station. Two Aerobus routes prepared for travel luggage connect the airport with the downtown area and Cascais train line, Aerobus 1 to Cais do Sodré every 20 minutes between 07:00 and 01:20. Aerobus 2 connects to the financial district between 07:30 and 23:00. A bus stop on Av. de Berlim, 100 m East of Terminal 1 is served by three Carris bus routes to various parts of the city: 705, 722 and 744.


Two bicycle paths connect the airport roundabout, situated 300m South of Terminal 1 to the city's 50 km cycle infrastructure network. One path heads West along Av. do Brasil to the Universidade de Lisboa campus, passing by the central neighbourhoods of Alvalade, Campo Grande and Entrecampos and connecting to paths to Telheiras, Colegio Militar, Benfica, and Monsanto Forest Park. Another bicycle path heads East from the roundabout towards Olivais, Gare do Oriente train station and Parque das Nações Expo 98 site with riverside paths and the Caminho do Tejo pilgrimage trail to Fátima and Santiago de Compostela.

Other facilities[edit]

TAP Portugal has a complex at Lisbon Airport.[25] The complex is 22.45 hectares (55.5 acres) large. In 1989 TAP became the owner of the complex due to a governmental decree.[26] TAP's head office is in Building 25.[27] The TAP subsidiary Serviços Portugueses de Handling, S.A. (SPdH) has its head office on the 6th floor of Building 25.[28] Sociedade de Gestão e Serviços, S.A. (TAPGER), another TAP subsidiary, has its head office on the 8th floor of the same building.[29] The TAP Museum is also a part of the complex.[25] Building 19 has the head office of Sociedade de Serviços e Engenharia Informática, S.A. (Megasis), a TAP information services subsidiary.[30][31] The TAP documentation and archive is in the annex of Building 19.[32] Building 34, on the far north side of the complex, houses the company's new data processing centre.[33]

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal has its head office in Building 120.[34] Portugália has its head office in Building 70.[35]

The TAP catering subsidiary, Catering de Portugal, S.A. (CATERINGPOR), has its head office in Building 59.[36] Cuidados Integrados de Saúde, S.A. (UCS) is based out of Building 35.[37]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b AIP Part 3 – AD 2 Aerodromes
  2. ^ Tap Portugal. TAP Portugal.
  3. ^ LPPT – Lisboa.
  4. ^ Lisbon Airport — World Travel Awards.
  5. ^ a b acquires ANA, concession company for Portuguese airports. VINCI Airports.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Guy Zunino (May 2001). "Lisbon Portela Airport". Airliner World: pp.36–40. ISSN 1465-6337. 
  7. ^ Aviation Week 28 January 1952 p68
  8. ^ a b ANA Aeroportos: Relatório de Gestão e Contas (2011), Lisbon, Portugal: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, 2011, p. 1115, retrieved 2 January 2014 
  9. ^ LNEC study favouring Alcochete as the location for Lisbon's new airport, in Portuguese.
  10. ^ Alcochete airport announcement, in Portuguese[dead link]
  11. ^ Portugal's new Lisbon airport to be built in Alcochete for 4.9 bln eur – PM from Forbes online, 10 January 2008
  12. ^ Portal do Governo.
  13. ^ “O novo aeroporto de Lisboa é na Portela”, diz secretário de Estado dos Transportes – PÚBLICO. (17 July 2013).
  14. ^ Voos da TAP, Sata e AeroVip voltam ao Terminal 1 do Aeroporto de Lisboa.
  15. ^ Lisboa > Departures > Terminal 2 > Terminal 2.
  16. ^ Aeroportos de Portugal[dead link]
  17. ^ Lisbon Airport opens new commercial area. VINCI Airports.
  18. ^ Aeroporto de Lisboa com novo terminal e área comercial. (17 July 2013).
  19. ^ Aeroporto Lisboa Portela De Sacavem. (15 September 2010).
  20. ^ "New Base (No.72) In The Azores". Ryanair. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  21. ^ a b c
  22. ^ (TAP portugal confirmed in Facebook That those routes won't be cancelled, they will just become seasonal routes)
  23. ^ Med Airlines. Med Airlines (15 September 2010).
  24. ^ Annual Traffic Statistics 2013
  25. ^ a b "The TAP Museum." TAP Portugal. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. Portuguese version
  26. ^ Gomes, Adelina and Inês Sequeira. Público. 19 December 2005. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "Área do aeroporto de Lisboa vale 965 milhões de euros." "Em 1989, a companhia aérea tornou-se titular dos terrenos onde tem as suas instalações, devido a um decreto-lei em que o Governo cavaquista desanexou os 22,45 hectares do chamado "reduto TAP" do domínio público aeroportuário."
  27. ^ "Estatutos TAP." TAP Portugal. Retrieved on 23 February 2010. "A sede da sociedade é em Lisboa, no Edificio 25, no Aeroporto de Lisboa."
  28. ^ "2009 Annual Report." TAP Portugal. 90. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "REGISTERED OFFICE Edifício 25-6°, Aeroporto de Lisboa 1704–801 Lisboa"
  29. ^ "2009 Annual Report." TAP Portugal. 92. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "REGISTERED OFFICE Aeroporto de Lisboa Reduto TAP, Edifício 25 – 8° 1704–801 Lisboa"
  30. ^ "Annual Report 2010." TAP Portugal. 92. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "Registered Office Aeroporto de Lisboa, Reduto TAP, Edifício 19"
  31. ^ "Contactos." Megasis. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. 1, 2, 3.
  32. ^ "Museum -> Schedule." TAP Portugal. Retrieved on 15 December 2011.
  33. ^ "Viagem ao novo Centro de Processamento de dado." Jornal TAP, TAP Portugal. December 2009, No. 72. p. 6. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "Edifício 34, no extremo norte do reduto TAP. Uma construção aparentemente banal, de paredes frágeis. É essa a visão com que se depara, do exterior, o visitante do novo Centro de Processamento de Dados da empresa, o CPD2."
  34. ^ "Contacts." ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal. Retrieved on 9 September 2010.
  35. ^ "Contact Information." Portugália. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "Aeroporto de Lisboa Rua C – Edifício 70 1749-078 Lisboa PORTUGAL" – See map
  36. ^ "2009 Annual Report." TAP Portugal. 95. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "REGISTERED OFFICE Aeroporto de Lisboa Rua C, Edifício 59 1749–036 Lisboa"
  37. ^ "2009 Annual Report." TAP Portugal. 96. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "Aeroporto de Lisboa Edifício 35 Apartado 8426 1804–001 Lisboa"
  38. ^ Accident description Pan Am Boeing 314. Aviation Safety Network
  39. ^ Accident description Air France Douglas C-47. Aviation Safety Network
  40. ^ Accident description Portuguese Air Force Douglas C-47. Aviation Safety Network

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