TAPping into Portugal

Air traffic in Lisbon has grown consistently since ANA Aeroportos de Portugal was privatised four years ago, and last year 50% of Portuguese passengers used the city’s Humberto Delgado Airport. Renato Serra Fonseca chronicles one of Europe’s recent major successes.


TAP Portugal Airbus A340-312 CS-TOA (c/n 41) on short final to Runway 03.
(All photos author)


Lisbon Airport had originally been built in the suburb of Alverca do Ribatejo on the banks of the River Tagus. But its location, bounded by the waterway, had limitations, and as traffic began to increase rapidly in the 1930s the government decided to replace it.

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