Individuals who wish to drop-off passengers - departures
Access to the new “Kiss & Fly” area to drop off passengers next to the terminal departures entrance is preceded by a gate with an automatic control system. The license plate is scanned and the driver is handed a ticket that allows the vehicle to stay in the area for free up to 10 minutes - extra time will be charged. The idea is to keep a constant and fluid circulation of cars and passengers in the area, to prevent congestions and facilitate security control.
Another rule worth mentioning is that each vehicle plate is entitled to the first 10 minutes for free, only for a maximum of two entries in the area for each 24-hour period. Additional entries are allowed but paid with gradual increases. For people wishing to actually park the car to accompany their relatives or friends to the terminal, the alternative is to use the departures park P1 that applies short term tariffs.
Individuals who wish to welcome passengers - arrivals
All private vehicles entering Faro Airport to pick up passengers should use the short-term park P2 next to the arrivals area. The gate and access control system at this park also allows 10 minutes of free parking for the first two entries in each 24 hour period - the rules applied here are similar to the “Kiss & Fly” concept in the departures area.
Public taxis - departures and arrivals
For leaving passengers at the airport, taxi drivers are allowed to use the “BUS” lane for free, next to the departures cover outside the terminal. To pick up passengers, the previous rules still apply and access to the reserved area for taxis at Faro Airport (covered area next to the arrivals), continues to be granted only to taxi drivers who have paid for the respective fee.
Private taxis, transfers and shuttle services
The restructuring of parking and circulation areas outside the terminal also led to the creation of two specific parks for private transportation companies and tourism operators - parks P5 and P6, the latter being intended only for large buses and coaches. Companies have access to these parks by paying an annual fee although it's not mandatory to use them. But because access to the “Kiss & Fly” departures area and the P2 park for the arrivals only allows two entries for free (10 minutes each) every 24h period, operating at parks P5 and P6 turns out to be more advantageous for businesses, especially for those operating Faro Airport transfers on a daily basis.
Car hire companies without their own parking facilities at the airport
The P4 park has been created for all the car rental companies operating at Faro Airport without their own customer counter inside the terminal and parking area outside - often called "low-cost car hire companies". This park has an infrastructure shared by those car hire businesses, where their clients can collect and return their rental deals - the majority of them already pre-booked through the internet. Companies have access to this park by paying an annual fee according to the number of cars with which they operate at the airport.