On 30 November Faro airport set a new record in terms of passenger numbers having
welcomed six million passengers in eleven months.
Passenger number six million was German surf and nature lover Laurent Radinger, who had travelled with Irish airline Ryanair from Dusseldorf/Weeze and had no idea of the celebratory reception that awaited him at Faro airport.
As well as a free trip with Ryanair for two people the unsuspecting passenger was also given a present from the management at Faro airport; a traditional piece of pottery in the shape of an Algarvian chimney.
The last time Faro airport reached similar figures was in 2006 when it welcomed five million passengers.
Since then it has steadily upped its capacity of processing flights per hour from 22 to 24, and maintained its passenger processing capacity of 2,400 people per hour in each direction – arriving and departing.
Between 2006 and 2014 the Algarve’s airport has registered annual passenger growth in the region of 2.5 percent, with its main markets being the UK, Germany, Ireland, Holland and Portugal, in that order respectively.
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair is the airport’s main airline, carrying around 1.7 million passengers a year to and from the region, representing around 28 percent of the overall yearly traffic.
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