With Lisbon seeing significant growth in commercial passenger traffic – in 2018 the airport surpassed 29m passengers for the first time in its history – general aviation slots are being reduced at the busy international hub. As a result, we’ve seen an increase in fuel sales at Cascais Airport of 44% over the last two years.
Small but perfectly formed, Cascais offers a selection of FBOs to cater for general aviation customers and the terminal itself can accommodate up to 300 passengers per hour. It is also the only airfield on the Portuguese mainland to achieve CAT III certification meaning that aircraft can land in any weather and zero visibility thanks to the Instrument Landing System (ILS).
For those wanting to spend time in Cascais itself, it’s well known as a much-loved summertime playground for well-heeled Lisboetas. But with its old-world charm, dramatic Atlantic coastline and laidback lifestyle it’s a great year-round destination. Take a walk around the bustling marina and explore the little museums, designer boutiques and antique shops before feasting on freshly caught, delicious seafood washed down with a glass of Portuguese wine. But if you’d prefer to try something more active then it’s time to get wet as Cascais is also rising to the top of the pile as a surfing hotspot!