Flights from and to the Algarve

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Capacity and catchment area

Faro international airport is located in central Algarve, the most southern region of Portugal. It is also known as Algarve airport and represents the main passenger hub and tourist gateway to the region. It is also the second largest external entrance of passengers in Portugal after Lisbon airport. In the third place comes Porto airport in the country northern area. In November 2014 Faro airport passed the barrier of 6 million passengers processed in a year. With the new enlargement and requalification works ongoing since 2013, it is expected that this number will reach 8 million passengers in the coming years. Between arrivals and departures, the current infrastructure at Faro airport can process 24 flights and 2 400 passengers per hour. This capacity will gradually increase to 30 flights and 3 000 passengers per hour over the next four years.

Since it's opening in the 60's, Faro airport is the only international airport serving the southern Portugal regions of Algarve and Alentejo. Together with Seville airport it also serves the community of Andalusia in the southwest coast of Spain, especially the province of Huelva, 65 km east of Faro. The airport operates international flights and domestic flights, mainly tourist oriented and with seasonal peaks. It processes more than 40 000 flights annually and most of the air traffic occurs between March and October, especially during the summer months when thousands of tourists - mainly from the United Kingdom, choose the Algarve and southern Spain for their holidays. During July and August, Faro airport averages close to 200 daily flights and serves more than 25 000 passengers a day.

International flights

More than 90% of the air traffic at Faro airport consists of international flights with origin and destination in Europe. The countries with more direct routes between the Algarve are from the United Kingdom, followed by Germany, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland. All together, these countries account for more than 80% of the flights at Faro airport and represent the main target markets for the Algarve tourism sector. In total there are 30 to 40 European cities with direct flights to Faro airport, although this number may vary according to the time of year. Most flights to Faro are provided by lowcost airlines such as easyJet or Ryanair, which also operates one of its European bases from Faro airport and has the highest share of flights to and from the Algarve.

Flight London-Faro British Airways flight from London landing at Faro airport
Flight Faro-Dublin Aer Lingus flight to Dublin taking off at Faro airport

United Kingdom

UK countries, especially from Great Britain, are the main source of the Algarve tourism revenue. England is by far the country with more flights to the Algarve. The frequency of direct flights from English cities is the highest, accounting for over 45% of the annual air traffic at Faro airport. At the top of the list are the flights between London and Faro, responsible for approximately 1.5 million visits to the Algarve every year. The second busiest route is between Manchester and Faro with approximately 400 000 passengers per year. Liverpool, Bristol and Birmingham are also popular routes, each registering more than 200 000 passengers annually. Together with Scotland and Northern Ireland, flights between the United Kingdom represent more than half (about 55%) of all annual air traffic at Faro airport.

England

Flights between England and Faro airport - destinations and airlines
Destination / Origin Airlines
Birmingham BHX Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook
Bournemouth BOH Ryanair
Bristol BRS Ryanair
Doncaster Sheffield DSA Flybe
Exeter EXT Flybe
Leeds Bradford LBA Jet2, Monarch, Ryanair
Liverpool LPL Easyjet, Ryanair
London, City LCY BA Cityflyer
London, Gatwick LGW British Airways, Easyjet, Monarch, Norwegian
London, Heathrow LHR British Airways
London, Luton LTN Easyjet, Monarch
London, Southend SEN Easyjet
London, Stansted STN BA Cityflyer, Ryanair, Thomas Cook
Manchester MAN Jet2, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook
Newcastle NCL Easyjet, Jet2
Nottingham, East Midlands EMA Jet2, Ryanair
Southampton SOU Flybe

Scotland

Flights between Scotland and Faro airport - destinations and airlines
Destination / Origin Airlines
Edinburgh, Turnhouse EDI Jet2, Ryanair
Glasgow International GLA Easyjet, Jet2
Glasgow, Prestwick PIK Ryanair

Northern Ireland

Flights between Northern Ireland and Faro airport - destinations and airlines
Destination / Origin Airlines
Belfast BFS Aer Lingus, Easyjet, Jet2
Londonderry LDY Ryanair

Wales

Flights between Wales and Faro airport - destinations and airlines
Destination / Origin Airlines
Cardiff CWL Flybe

Germany

Flights between German cities and the Algarve represent the second largest slice of air traffic at Faro airport. The number of passengers coming from Germany has grown considerable in recent years - in 2013 increased nearly 23%. Together with the United Kingdom, Germany has the highest number of cities with direct flights to Faro airport.

Flights between Germany and Faro airport - destinations and airlines
Destination / Origin Airlines
Berlin, Schoenefeld SXF Easyjet
Berlin Tegel TXL Airberlin
Bremen BRE Ryanair
Cologne Bonn CGN Germanwings, Ryanair
Dusseldorf, International DUS Airberlin, Eurowings, Tuifly
Dusseldorf, Weeze NRN Ryanair
Frankfurt, International FRA Lufthansa, Tuifly
Frankfurt, Hahn HHN Ryanair
Hamburg HAM Airberlin, Germanwings
Hannover HAJ Tuifly
Memmingen FMM Ryanair
Munich MUC Airberlin, Lufthansa, Transavia, Tuifly
Nuremberg NUE Airberlin
Stuttgart STR Germanwings, Tuifly

Netherlands

The Dutch market occupies the third position with regard to the number of flights and passenger handling at Faro airport. With direct routes from the three major Dutch cities - Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven - about half a million passengers from Holland land at Algarve Faro airport every year.

Flights between the Netherlands and Faro airport - destinations and airlines
Destination / Origin Airlines
Amesterdam, Schiphol AMS Transavia
Eindhoven EIN Ryanair, Transavia
Groningen GRQ Transavia
Rotterdam RTM Transavia

Republic of Ireland

Although it occupies the fourth position in terms of passenger count by nationality, the frequency of direct flights from Dublin to Faro makes this route the third most operated at Faro airport. More than 300 000 passengers coming from Ireland land at Faro airport each year.

Flights between the Republic of Ireland and Faro airport - destinations and airlines
Destination / Origin Airlines
Cork ORK Aer Lingus, Ryanair
Dublin DUB Aer Lingus, Ryanair
Kerry County KIR Ryanair
Knock NOC Ryanair
Shannon SNN Aer Lingus, Ryanair

Rest of Europe and World

The table below shows more European cities and other international destinations with direct flight connections from and to Faro airport - please note that available routes may vary throughout the year. Associated with each destination is the corresponding airport name and the airline(s) providing flights between Faro.

Flights between Faro airport, other European cities and the rest of the world - destinations and airlines
Country Destination / Origin Airlines
Austria Vienna VIE Eurowings, Niki Luftfahrt
Belgium Brussels, Charleroi CRL Ryanair
Brussels, National Zaventem BRU Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly, Arkefly
Canada Toronto, Pearson YYZ Air Transat
Czech Republic Prague PRG Travel Service
Denmark Copenhagen CPH Norwegian, SAS Scandinavian
France Bordeaux BOD Volotea
Lille, Lesquin LIL XL Airways
Lyon, Saint-Exupery LYS Easyjet, Transavia
Marseille, Provence MRS Volotea
Nantes NTE Transavia, Volotea
Paris, Beauvais-Tille BVA Ryanair
Paris, Charles de Gaulle CDG Easyjet
Paris, Orly ORY Aigle Azur, Easyjet, Transavia
Toulouse, Blagnac TLS Easyjet
Luxembourg Luxembourg, Findel LUX Luxair
Norway Oslo, Gardermoen OSL Norwegian
Spain Barcelona BCN Vueling
Madrid, Barajas MAD Air Nostrum (Iberia)
Sweden Stockholm, Arlanda ARN Norwegian, SAS Scandinavian
Switzerland Basel BSL Easyjet
Geneva CPH Easyjet
Zurich ZRH Airberlin, Edelweiss Air

Domestic flights

At national level the main air connections are supported by 5 airports. In the mainland, the airports of Faro (south), Lisbon (centre) and Porto (north) operate domestic flights from north to south. Flights to the Azores and Madeira islands in the Atlantic are ensured by the airports of Funchal and Ponta Delgada respectively. Direct flights to Lisbon and Porto are available from Faro airport every day. Flights from Faro to the Azores and Madeira islands are only possible with a connection flight through Lisbon airport.

Portugal

Flights between Faro and other Portuguese airports - destinations and airlines
Destination / Origin Airlines
Lisbon LIS TAP Portugal
Porto OPO TAP Portugal (1), Ryanair
Azores, Ponta Delgada PDL TAP Portugal (1), Sata (1)
Madeira, Funchal FNC TAP Portugal (1)
(1) Requires connection flight at Lisbon airport

Flights between Faro and Lisbon

Several daily flights in the morning and the afternoon are available between Faro and Lisbon airports. They are carried out by the national airline company TAP Portugal. Normally, every day of the year, the first aircraft to take off from Faro airport is the one going to Lisbon at 06:05 AM - the TAP flight TP1900. The duration of the flight between Faro and Lisbon is around 45 minutes. Lisbon airport (LIS), also known as Portela Airport, is the largest in Portugal, with an annual volume of passengers over 16 million. From Lisbon you can take direct flights to all major European cities and several intercontinental flights to the rest of the world.

Flights between Faro and Porto

Currently, the only direct flights between Faro and Porto airports are operated by the lowcost airline Ryanair. The company provides early morning and night time flights to Porto on a daily basis. The flight duration between Faro and Porto is a little more than one hour. Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto (OPO) serves the entire northern region of Portugal and also the northern part of Spain near the border. The Portuguese company TAP also allows to buy plane tickets between Faro and Porto but requires a change of flight at Lisbon airport.

Flights between Faro and the Azores

You can buy plane tickets from Faro airport to the Azores islands through the companies TAP Portugal e SATA. With both companies it will be necessary to make a change of flight at Lisbon airport. The most frequent flights to the Azores are bounded to Ponta Delgada in the São Miguel island. At the present there are no direct flights connecting Faro airport to the Azores.

Flights between Faro and Madeira

The plane ticket between Faro airport and the city of Funchal in Madeira island is possible with the company TAP Portugal, through a stopover in Lisbon. There are currently no direct flights between Faro Airport and Madeira.

Airline companies

At the moment Faro airport is used as a base by two companies, the Portuguese airline TAP and the Irish lowcost Ryanair. The main airlines with connections to Faro are:

  • aer lingus
  • air berlin
  • air transat
  • british airways
  • easyjet
  • eurowings
  • flybe
  • iberia
  • jet2
  • lufthansa
  • monarch
  • norweigian
  • ryanair
  • tap
  • transavia
  • tui