The second largest airport of Portugal, serving the city of Porto, is living a period of intense growth.
Modern (leading in ranking for best European airports of its size) and well connected to the city as well as to the main highway network in northern Portugal, Porto Airport welcomes new airlines and constantly develops the offer of available destinations.
Ryanair provides a wide choice of routes from France to Porto Airport.
France is a particularly popular market for flights from Porto. The northern part of Portugal has particularly strong links with France due to several waves of emigration from the region which in not such a remote past was struggling to provide job opportunities.
The large Portuguese emigrant community in France visits families back home, especially during the summer holiday, Christmas and Easter seasons.
Apart from the Portuguese already deeply rooted in France, whose links to Portugal are more of a sentimental and cultural nature, Porto Airport is also used by a large number of students on exchange in French universities as well as young professionals exploring the potential of the European job market.
For those, fairly frequent travellers, a large number of low-cost routes to Port has been made available. Ryanair is the largest budget provider offering flights to Porto, and also the largest airline at Francisco de Sa Carneiro, as it is officially known.
Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle), Lyon, Toulouse and Nantes are the most popular routes from France to Porto.
See the list of airlines and French airports from which you can fly to Porto as per summer 2017:
- Aigle Azur: Lyon Paris-Orly
- Air France: Paris-Charles de Gaulle (seasonal)
- Easyjet: Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Lyon, Toulouse, Nantes
- Ryanair: Bordeaux, Châlons-Vatry, Lille (ends 4 November 2017), Lorient, Marseille, Saint-Etienne, Strasbourg, Carcassonne (seasonal), Clermont-Ferrand (seasonal), La Rochelle (seasonal)
- Transavia France: Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Orly
- Vueling: Paris-Orly
As long as inbound traffic at Porto Airport is concerned, it is mostly driven by the growing importance of Porto as a tourist destination. The capital of Northern Portugal has been in the spotlight for a few years, as one of the best city break destinations in Europe.