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 an estimated 5.7 million passengers annually, 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 1-26 & 27-62, 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.

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. Completion is scheduled for March 2017.

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