Lisbon to Build New Airport With a Projected Opening Date in 2034

by Anthony Losanno

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Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) is located around 4.5 miles from the capital city’s downtown. I have flown into this airport many times and love how close it is to everywhere I have wanted to visit in Lisbon. Now, a new airport is being planned with a projected open in 2034.

Portugal’s Prime Minister, Luis Montenegro, announced yesterday that a new airport will be built about 25 miles from the city. This will be built on the site of a military airfield in Alcochete, which is east of Lisbon. The new airport will eventually replace Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS), but there are expansion plans to meet current demand in the decade it will take for the new one to be constructed.

TAP Air Portugal Plane

Reuters reports that construction of the new airport is expected to cost around €9 billion and that European Union funds, public-private partnerships, and airport tariffs will fund this project. In addition to the new airport, a third bridge will be built across the Tagus River to help with traffic flow.

Tourism has been booming in Portugal for the past few years. We took my mother and mother-in-law there in October 2022 and have visited around a dozen times prior to that. The country is small, which makes Porto in the North and the Algarve in the South easily accessible via rail, car, or even flight.

Anthony’s Take: The current airport in Lisbon is not great, but I love its proximity to the city. Ten years is a long time and we’ll need to see how this project progresses as most huge investments and construction projects are almost inevitably delayed.

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