Airport Francisco Sa Carneiro

Architect Arq. João Leal
Completed 2005


The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is located in the heart of the industrial north of the country, 11 km from the city of Oporto, making it a significant access point to this valuable commercial area. Having undergone intense renovation work, the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport now receives passengers and other users comfortably and efficiently, taking on the role of primary travel hub for the north-western corner of the Iberian Peninsula.
The existing passengers‘ terminal remained in continuous operation while a new departure zone was erected on top. Innovative design and workmanship by ”Martifer Aluminio“ led to a ”suspender façade“ consisting of glass with suspended shades.
The company also executed the fabrication and installation of roofs and ceilings with ALUCOBOND®, aluminium and spider glass skylights. ALUCOBOND® was employed all over the airport – from the ”passenger’s terminal“ to the ”underground parking“ – mainly with non-visible attachments. The expressive shapes of the splendid roof were easily achieved due to the smoothness and rigidity of the light-weight panels. With its exemplary flatness, ALUCOBOND® contrasts well with the other materials used for the false ceilings. The bold and complex architecture, along with the fabricator‘s excellent technical craftsmanship have turned this ordinary airport into a regional landmark. With the inception of the new terminal in the third quarter of 2005, Portugal is quickly becoming a gateway to the rest of the world.