Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport has a single modern and multifunctional passenger terminal which was rebuilt and expanded as from 2003 to 2006 and commissioned in the last quarter of 2006. It now carries a wide array of facilities and a large public hall for passengers and their traveling parties. The terminal boasts 60 check-in desks, 4 baggage claim belts, 9 air bridges and 22 gates.
This one terminal handles all flights whether local, international or intercontinental. The terminal carries a fully fledged bank, bureau de change, ATMs, post office, and a baby changing area. You will also find plenty of eateries here including the Buondi Cafe and the La Lausa Restaurante. There are several duty free stores as well as regular stores where you can pop in to buy books, clothing, electronics, Portuguese handicrafts, music CDs, ready-to-eat food, jewelry, tobacco and alcohol.
In the event that you are not content with your travel plans there are about ten travel agencies in the terminal to help you out. For your traveling convenience you may need car hire services; Argus, Europcar, Economy, Carrentals, Holiday Autos, Budget, Hertz, National, Alamo, Sixt, and so forth, have their car hire desks right inside the terminal.
The terminal also hosts three modern conference facilities spacious enough for 35 people and which are equipped with television and video screens. Also available are three VIP lounges which are also equipped with modern conferencing technology plus telecommunication facilities.
Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport terminal is friendly to the needs of disabled persons. This is also in compliance with the European Airport requirements. Accordingly, there are special toilets, lifts and ramps, and easy-to-use telephones.
An information desk is strategically located at the meeting point although there are several other information booths well distributed across the entire terminal building. Additionally, there is a lost-and-found luggage desk in the terminal, as well as a press center, police station, tourist information desk, first aid stall and vending machines.
Wi-Fi is available in the entire terminal’s expanse and you can use it to access flight as well as other airport-related information at no cost. Nonetheless, you will need the services of HotSpot Portugal, Vex, Vodafone and Novaspot among other operators to access other websites. Remember to carry a LAN cable along with your laptop as you can make use of the free broadband available in the departures area.
There is the cargo terminal which has a capacity of 40,000 tonnes or 88 184 000 pounds. Its warehouse is 8700m³ or 93 646 square feet. There is a freighter dock for 3 Boeing 747s. There is also a facility for handling domestic cargo, mechanical, aircraft maintenance, courier/express consignments and heavy/very large cargo. A facility is also available for heated, refrigerated, deep freeze and air-conditioned storage. Secure facilities for radioactive, dangerous and valuable goods are available as are stations for fresh meat inspection, x-ray equipment and health officials.