Faro Airport Informational Guide to Faro Algarve Airport (FAO) - Non Official

Faro Airport Terminal

Faro Airport or Algarve Airport (FAO) is the main international gateway to Algarve region, a popular beach destination in Southern Portugal.

Given it is a holiday destination, most of its passenger traffic is seasonal, being summer months the busiest of all year.

FAO Airport is mostly served by low-cost carriers, being Ryanair the largest one.

Faro Airport has a single passenger terminal, which was expanded and modernized in 2017 and is able to handle 9 million passengers a year.


Faro Airport Terminal consists of a couple of levels.

Ground level

This level is split into Arrivals area and Departures.


Arrivals area is located in the west side.


Departures area is located in the east side.

Find here check-in counters, security and passport control.

From this level it is possible to access to the boarding gates:

- Center: Schengen gates: C11-C20
- Right: Non-Schengen gates: D11-D20
- Left: Non-Schengen gates: D21-D30
- Boarding gates A & B are separated. 

Find Schengen gates A51-A56 and Non-Schengen gates B51-B56.

There’s an escalator to connect with them.

Mezzanine level

This level is dedicated to services.

Find here police department, a smoking lounge and a restaurant.


See below the available services at Faro Airport Terminal:

- Free Wi-Fi
- Meeting point
- Public phones
- ATMs
- Lockers
- Information counter
- Currency exchange
- Food, drink and retail concessions
- Children’s play area
- Special assistance for passengers with disabilities
- Smoking area
- Police station

For further information, please visit Services section.


There are several hotels located in the vicinities of Faro Airport.

To check for accommodation close to Faro Airport, please visit the following link.


CIP Lounge: Schengen and non schengen areas. Location: After security, First level. Only for Schengen passengers. Services: Snacks, Alcoholic drinks, Wi-Fi, Flight monitors, Newspapers, Magazines, TV. Please note it is a non-smoking facility.

Contact: faro.lounge@ana.pt | +351 289 800 800 (ext. 61069)

Purchase your pass to Faro Airport lounges