Lisbon Airport reaches record 18 million passengers in 2014
On December 30th, 2014, an important milestone was reached in Lisbon Airport.
In the morning of that day, passengers from flight TK 1756 to Lisbon from Istanbul with Turkish Airlines were arriving through to the main passenger terminal on the ground floor.
Amongst the passengers was, according to Lisbon Airport public relations department, passenger number 18 million in the year 2014.
Most important destinations to and from Lisbon Airport
In 2013, planes to and from the following destinations were carrying the most passengers through Lisbon Airport:
- Madrid (Barajas-Madrid)
- Paris CDG
The heavy presence of France (Paris area), Switzerland and Brussels close to Luxembourg is in large parts due to the many Portuguese emigrants working in those areas of Europe.
Up 2 million passengers from 2013
In 2014, Aeroporto de Lisboa was the third fastest growing airport in Europe after Athens and Brussels Airports. The 2014 passenger tally in Lisbon Airport shows a 2 million increase compared to the year 2013.
Turkish Airlines is one of the companies who have increased flights to the capital of Portugal.
On the day of reaching the record, a very surprised passenger from Istanbul was named as the 18th million passenger in 2014 and presented with a gift card for €100 for use in the Lisbon Airport tax free shop.
How important is Lisbon Airport in terms of passengers
Lisbon Airport is by far the largest and most important airport in Portugal and a midsize airport in European terms.
18 million passengers puts Lisbon Airport in the same league as London-Stansted Airport (approx. 20 million) and Milan-Malpensa Airport (approx. 18 million).
Madrid-Barajas in neighbouring Spain is the 6th largest airport in Europe, and carries approximately double the number of passengers compared to Lisbon Airport.