Porto Airport / Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (IATA: OPO, ICAO: LPPR) or simply Porto Airport is an international airport near Porto (Oporto), Portugal. It is located 11 km (6.8 mi) northwest of the Clérigos Tower in the centre of Porto, in the municipalities of Maia, Matosinhos and Vila do Conde and is run by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal.
The airport is currently the second-busiest in the country, based on aircraft operations; and the second-busiest in passengers, based on Aeroportos de Portugal traffic statistics, after Lisbon Airport and before Faro Airport. The airport is a base for easyJet, Ryanair, TAP Air Portugal and its subsidiary TAP Express.
Porto Airport Location
The airport is surrounded by the municipalities of Matosinhos (to the south and west) and Vila do Conde (to the north) and Maia (to the east). It covers the parishes of Santa Cruz do Bispo, Perafita and Lavra (in Matosinhos); Aveleda and Vilar do Pinheiro (Vila do Conde); and Vila Nova da Telha and Moreira (Maia). It includes an area of between 72 metres (236 ft) in the extreme south and 43 metres (141 ft) in the north. The southern portion of the airport intersects the hydrographic watershed of the Leça River, while the north is crossed by effluents of Onda River.
Porto Airport History
The airport around Porto opened in 1945 and was initially known as Pedras Rubras Airport, after the name for the locality where the airport is located: Pedras Rubras (“red rocks”). It is still known by this name in the region. The land on which the airport was built was originally agricultural, characterised by rich soils that permitted the cultivation of various cereals.
- It was renamed in 1990 after former Portuguese prime minister, Francisco de Sá Carneiro, who died in an aero-plane crash when he was traveling to this airport on 4 December 1980.
Along with the airports in Lisbon, Faro, Ponta Delgada, Santa Maria, Horta, Flores, Madeira, and Porto Santo, the airport’s concessions to provide support to civil aviation were conceded to ANA Aeroportos de Portugal on 18 December 1998, under provisions of decree 404/98. With this concession, ANA became responsible for the planning, development and construction of future infrastructure.
- Porto Airport reached its ninth million passenger mark on 16 December 2016.
Airlines that operates at Porto Airport:
- Aegean Airlines
- Aigle Azur
- Air Algerie
- Air Canada Rouge
- Air Europa
- Air Transat
- Azores Airlines
- British Airways
- Brussels Airlines
- Czech Airlines
- Evelop Airlines
- Royal Air
- Sun D’Or
- Swiss International Air Lines
- TAAG Angola Airlines
- TAP Air Portugal
- Transavia France
- Turkish Airlines
- United Airlines
- Wizz Air
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Hand baggage | The less the better
- Safety and comfort on board are the two main priorities in air travel. That’s why rules concerning hand baggage are very clear: you should only carry essential items. Everything else must be placed in the hold. Be familiar with restrictions and know how to pack for your next trip.
How many bags can I carry as hand baggage?
- In general, you may carry only a single item of baggage into the aircraft, which must respect weight and size restrictions.
- It is advisable that you pack all the belongings you want to take with you on the plane on a single baggage item – personal effects, laptop or table, camera or other.
- Because airlines may choose to store in the cargo hold any hand baggage that exceeds restrictions or fails to comply with safety regulations, you should contact your airline beforehand.
What are the size restrictions for hand baggage?
- There are maximum weight and size restrictions, so you should check with your airline to find out which apply to your trip.
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