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.

LISBON

img_72-1_104.jpg
TAP Portugal Airbus A340-312 CS-TOA (c/n 41) on short final to Runway 03.
(All photos author)

History

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.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view. You can also access it if you’re subscribed to one of our Key Publishing magazines.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Why not join our community of aviation enthusiasts? Pick one of our introductory offers and access a wealth of world-class aviation content.