Faro Algarve (FAO) Airport

Faro Algarve FAO Airport Overview

Faro Algarve International Airport FAO serves the beautiful Algarve of southern Portugal, and the Spanish province of Huelva It has long been a point of entry for tourists, visiting Algarve's resorts and beaches - among them Vilamoura and Vale del Lobo, however, in recent years, a large segment of its air traffic is derived from business travelers located throughout the southwestern peninsula of Iberia, and the Airport has become one of Europe’s leading Airports.
Faro is a city in the Faro District of the Algarve region & is the southernmost city of continental Portugal. It is the seat of the Faro District and capital of the Algarve region. (Both Algarve &  Faro district cover the same territory.)

The toll-free number for the Airport information service is 800 201 201.

FAO Airport is located 7 km west of Faro, and near Monte Negro, and can be accessed from A22 ‘Via do Infante’, N 125-10, or Routes IC-1, N2, N120 & N122.

With 7.6 million passengers in 2016, Faro Airport is Portugal’s second international airport, hub to Ryanair, and served by a multitude of domestic and international, regular and low-cost airlines offering direct flights to a host of European cities and the Azores Islands, with connections around the globe, as well as by seasonal charters.

NOTE: Minimum check-in times for the following flights:  inside Schengen zone 90 minutes; non-Schengen inside Europe 2 hours; intercontinental destinations 3 hours.
Self-service check-in kiosks save time!
The Main passenger terminal at Faro International Airport*:  Internet access is available throughout the terminal.  Most of services & amenities are located on the ground level in both pre- and post-security areas.
     The ground level is divided into a public area which houses:
- in the center the meeting point, & Information counter,
- at its west side is the Arrivals area with rental car counters, food & drink, a bank, currency exchange, Immigration, Customs & Police; beyond Customs are the baggage carousels; and
- at its east side  is the Departures area with check-in counters and security & passport control
After security check you find food & drink, retail concessions, and direct access to the three gate areas of the departure level:  in the Center: Schengen gates C11-C20 & non-Schengen gates D11-020;  at right: Schengen gates C1-10;  at left:  No-Schengen gates D21-30. 
Separate boarding gates A & B are reached by escalator:  Schengen gates A51-56 and Non-Schengen gates B51-56
      A Mezzanine level houses in the secured area Globel Blue & Police, a smoking lounge and a restaurant.

Recent Terminal  Improvements: 
- The commercial area was expanded, offering a better range of products & brands.  The central food court now houses all catering outlets in one place. 
-The new security control & screening area with 10 new X-ray scanners is now able to process 3,000 passengers an hour. More boarding pass scanners, and 16 more check-in desks were added.  
- The departure hall has been reconfigured, with wider passageways and expanded waiting areas.
- Terminal accesses have been improved by offering 'Kiss & Fly' with t minutes of free parking.

*Current and future Airport developments:   Construction started October 2015 on the Terminal Expansion (from current 874,000 to over one million sq.feet) and include: Makeover & expansion of retail area, increasing security, modernizing of terminal & creating more operating & public areas - as well as changes at road network, carparks, lighting, walkways & landscraping - whereupon the Airport is to be able to handle over 3,000 passengers a day. 
According to Skytrax passenger ratings, the passengers who responded between Oct. 2016 and late January 2017 were quite irrate.
Current status: By March 2017, the aircraft landings increased, while a new security area opened - to follow by a new check-in area at the terminal's north side, while remaining areas will open progressively, and the entire project should be completed by July 2017.

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