Faro Airport (Portuguese: Aeroporto Internacional de Faro) is located about 4.4 mi (7.1 km) to the west of Faro, Portugal.
This airport is commonly used by tourists on holiday in the Algarve but is sharply increasing its influence throughout the business community of entire southwest Iberian Peninsula as a direct consequence of being already one of Europe's leading low cost hub airports. The majority of aircraft approach the runway directly from the direction of the Mediterranean as inland the land rises sharply. A reciprical heading is usually used for departures.
A total of 5.6 million passengers flew from Faro in 2008. It is Portugal's second International gateway, after Lisbon's International airport and mainland Iberian Peninsula sixth most important airport after Madrid - Barajas, Barcelona - El Prat, Lisbon, Málaga and Alicante.
Faro Airport has a rather modern terminal building, fully eqquiped with double mutual load airbridges capable of handling aircraft such as the Boeing B747-400.
Airlines and destinations
Departures terminal at Faro Airport
The forecourt of the arrival hall
Car park P1 is short-term parking located in the Departures area and P3 in the Arrivals area. Car park P2 is long-term parking and is located behind car parks P1 and P3. Hire cars are located in a separate car park.
Bus: EVA Buses (tel: (0289) 899 760; website: www.eva-bus.com) run from the terminal building to various locations in central Faro (passengers should check the timetable posted near the information desk at the meeting point).
Taxi: Taxis are available outside the terminal building, near the Arrivals concourse.
Information and Help Desks
There is an information service desk at the meeting point in the terminal building. Passengers can contact the information service (tel: (0289) 800 617) for details of flights, disabled facilities, opening hours and public transport timetables. Cultural and tourist information is also available on arrival from the ICEP desk.
Money and communications: There are banks in both the Arrivals and Departures concourses, with ATMs located nearby. A bureau de change and post office are located in the Arrivals concourse. Internet access points are available throughout the airport.
Eating and drinking: There are several restaurants, cafés and bars at the airport.
Shopping: There are duty-free (for non-EU travellers) and tax-paid shops at the airport, offering a wide variety of goods.
Luggage: There is a lost property facility near the meeting point (tel: (0289) 800 688).
Other facilities: There are several travel agencies and a pharmacy.
Conference and Business Facilities
A conference room is, exceptionally, available for hire in the terminal building; facilities for up to 65 delegates include TV and video. For further information on business facilities, contact the airport manager (fax: (0289) 818 802) stating your requirements. Passengers wishing to use the CIP Lounge (tel: (0289) 800 787) should enquire at the information desk. Meeting rooms are available at the nearby Hotel Ibis Faro (tel: (0289) 893 800; website: www.accorhotels.com).
Facilities for Disabled Travellers
Passengers requiring wheelchairs or assistance should inform their airline at the time of booking. Lifts and disabled toilets are located throughout the airport. Disabled passengers can park in reserved spaces in the car park opposite the terminal building.
There are no hotels on-site, although the Hotel Ibis Faro (tel: (0289) 893 800; website: www.accorhotels.com) is only 3km (2 miles) from the airport. Information about hotels in the vicinity of the airport is available from the information service (tel: (0289) 800 617).