It’s a record. Faro Airport has already welcomed over eight million passengers this year, which is 350,000 more than all of last year.
It is the first time that Faro Airport has surpassed the eight-million passenger mark.
Data shows that the airport welcomed a total of 7.6 million passengers in 2016 and 6.1 million in 2015. In fact, the number has been growing consistently since 2009, when just over five million people flew to and from the airport.
The milestone was reached on Tuesday (November 7) with the arrival of a Jet2.com flight from Birmingham. Passengers were treated to a special celebration to mark the occasion.
It’s yet another feel-good story for Portugal’s airport sector following the news that this summer was the “best ever” for the country’s airports (click here).
CEO of Portuguese airport authority ANA, Carlos Lacerda, said these positive results are the “culmination of the work carried out by ANA, especially at Faro Airport”.
“The airport has been able to adapt to the needs of airlines and passengers and offer a better and more complete service,” he said.
Jet2.com, described as the third biggest airline at Faro Airport, has also played an important role in the airport’s growth.
According to ANA, the airline contributed to the considerable increase of passengers this summer with two new daily routes to Birmingham and London (Stansted).
“This celebration, carried out with Jet2.com, is extremely important for the airport not only due to this airline’s role in promoting the airport and the region, but also due to its commitment to extend these routes to this winter, which will contribute to counteracting the Algarve’s seasonality,” said Faro Airport chief Alberto Mota Borges.
The airport is also better equipped than ever to welcome more passengers thanks to its new terminal building, which was completed in June. The works represented a €40 million investment (click here).