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Porto airport

Francisco Sá Carneiro (Portuguese: Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro) (IATA: OPO, ICAO: LPPR), is the international airport of Porto (Portugal), also known simply as Porto airport (Aeroporto do Porto). It is located 12 km northwest of the city centre of Porto on the outskirts of the town of Maia. To the west is the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, which can be clearly seen from the terminal building.

Sá Carneiro is the third busiest airport in Portugal based on aircraft movements and the third busiest in passenger numbers according to ANA statistics.


The airport opened to passengers in 1945 under the name Pedras Rubras Airport (Red Rocks).

Until 1956 Porto airport was only a destination for Portuguese flights and from the early 1970s it became a regular international airport.

With the construction of a new terminal building, the airport also received its current name in 1990. Francisco de Sá Carneiro, was Prime Minister of the country when he fatally crashed in a plane on his way to Porto on 4 December 1980.[1]

Current terminal

The current terminal and surrounding other infrastructure were inaugurated on 15 October 2005. The airport received several awards in the period that followed, including becoming the best European airport in the 5 to 15 million passenger category in 2016.


Express tram line E of Metro do Porto connects the airport with the centre of Porto, commuter trains and the Estádio do Dragão football stadium. STCP buses also have connections to the city.

There is a twice-daily bus to Vigo (Spain) (once a day on weekends).


A porto airport taxi is the most convenient and time-saving mode of transportation from Porto airport. It takes 20 minutes and costs roughly €24 during the day and €27 at night.