Porto Airport Departures
The table above shows the forthcoming departures from Porto airport for domestic and international flights. If you are departing from the airport or intend to drop someone off, it's always a good idea to check the departure times before you start your journey in case of any delays with your flight.
If you are dropping off a passenger, there are 10 minutes free parking at the passenger drop off zone outside of the departures hall. You can stay at the drop off zone for longer if needed, but the parking charges are high, so it's recommended to stay in the short term car parks of P0 or P1 which are a short walk from the terminal. You can find out more about parking at the drop off zone and in the short term car parks here.
How far in advance do I need to check-in?
To make the most of your pre-boarding time and to avoid any delays there is a minimum checking-in time that you should respect. The minimum check-in times will vary depending on your destination, so look at the following 3 times to see which one applies to your flight.
- 90 minutes for Schengen flights - this included to flights to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
- 120 minutes for non-Schengen flights to Europe - this is flights to all the remaining countries in Europe that are not in the Schengen zone.
- 180 minutes for Intercontinental flights - this is for flights to anywhere outside of Europe.
Check-in desks normally close 45 or 60 minutes prior to boarding, so if you don't check-in before the desk closes, you risk losing your flight. Check your airliner terms and conditions for more information on closure times and what happened if the desk is closed.
Most airlines offer online check-in which generally can be made online 48 hours prior to your boarding time for European flights, or 24 hours prior to boarding for intercontinental flights. You must still ensure you arrive at the airport with sufficient time to spare. If you have luggage that needs to be dropped off, it must be dropped off before the desk closes. Remember also that you still have to pass security screening, which can take time at busy periods, and get to your boarding gate before it closes. Boarding gates generally close 20 minutes prior to departures.
Checking-in and Bag Drop
Check-in and Bag Drop take place in the departures hall on the second floor. In the departures hall there are 60 check-in desks, so first you must locate which desk number you must go to. You can find the desk number by looking at the overhead monitors located at varies locations in the departures hall.
At the check-in desk, you will need your flight ticket and passport if you haven't already checked-in, or your boarding pass and passport if you just want to drop off your luggage. Remember that there are limitations on the size, number and weight of luggage for both hold and hand luggage.
If you have checked-in online and have no baggage to drop off, then you can go straight to security screening. Ensure you print off your boarding pass when you check-in online, if not, you will need to queue up at the check-in desk to obtain one.
Security Screening, Passport Control and How to Prepare
All passengers need to go through security screening before they can enter the departures lounge. This involves having your hand luggage and personal belongs x-rayed as well walking through scanners to ensure you have no forbidden items.
To speed up this process, we advise you prepare in advance by covering the following steps:
- Ensure you have your documents and boarding pass on hand.
- Take out your laptop and any other electronic device from the hand luggage and place them in a screening tray.
- Transfer items in your pockets (coins, keys, phone etc) into a screening tray.
- Take off your jacket/coat and place it into a screening tray.
- If indicated by signs or security staff, take off your belt and/or shoes and place them into a screening tray.
- Place any liquids into a transparent plastic bag and place them in a screening tray. If you have any liquids over 100ml, dispose of these before you enter the screening area.
Passengers who are travelling outside of the European Union, or to a country outside of the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Ireland, United Kingdom or Romania), will be required to present their passport at passport control.
As soon as you have cleared security you will enter the departure lounge which is a passenger only zone, and you will find a number of shops and the 22 boarding gates.