João Paulo II Airport is about three km from the center of Ponta Delgada, on the island of São Miguel (Azores).
It has free wi-fi, shops, and restaurants to keep you entertained while you wait for your flight.
ATMs, post offices, and a place to charge electronic equipment, such as your cell phone, are also available.
Continue reading for practical information about this São Miguel airport, as well as airlines, contacts, and how to get to the center of Ponta Delgada.
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João Paulo II Airport (PDL) in Ponta Delgada
Parking at João Paulo II Airport (PDL)
If you need to park your car at the airport for a few days, you can use the P2 car park at the airport, while for short-term parking you can use the P1 car park.
By the way, the P1 car park is closer to the track and is more expensive than the P2 car park.
On the other hand, you can use the Kiss & Fly area at the airport, which is free of charge as long as your stay does not exceed 10 minutes.
Rent-a-car companies in the Azores
It is common to rent a car in the Azores, as public transport is not very practical to visit the island.
The main car rental companies operating in São Miguel are Europcar, Guerin, Hertz, Ilha Verde, Autatlantis, Sixt, and Wayzor, and they all have desks at the airport, which means that it is easy to pick up your rental car.
Airlines that fly directly to Ponta Delgada Airport
Tap Air Portugal, Ryanair, and SATA Air Açores have direct flights from both Lisbon Airport and Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, in Porto, to Ponta Delgada, that is, to São Miguel.
In any case, we suggest that you read the following information with destinations by airline:
Azores Airlines has regular flights from Ponta Delgada to Boston (USA), Frankfurt, Funchal, Las Palmas, Lisbon, Porto, Toronto-Pearson (Canada), and Praia (Cape Verde), and has seasonal flights to London-Gatwick, Montreal -Trudeau (Canada), Munich (Germany), Providence (USA).
For inter-island flights, check out Azores Airlines and Sata Air Açores, as they have flights to the islands of Corvo, Flores, Graciosa, Horta, Pico, Santa Maria, São Jorge and Terceira.
On the other hand, Ryanair has regular flights to Lisbon, London-Stansted, Manchester, and Porto and seasonal flights to Frankfurt.
We have already said that Tap Air Portugal has regular flights from Lisbon to Porto, while TUIFly has seasonal flights to Amsterdam and Charleroi Airport in Brussels.
Finally, Delta Airlines has flights from Ponta Delgada to New York.
How to get from João Paulo II Airport to the center of Ponta Delgada
Leaving João Paulo II Airport in São Miguel (Azores), you can go to the center of Ponta Delgada by taxi, Uber, or shuttle if you don’t want to rent a car.
Both taxi and Uber meeting places are in the arrivals area, which makes this type of transport very convenient.
If you prefer to save a few euros, you can choose to go to the center of Ponta Delgada by shuttle, which is a bus or minibus service provided by the airport.
For up to 3 people, count on paying a ticket of around €8 (€14 round trip). For the fourth passenger and beyond, the ticket price is +4 €.
This transport passes through different points in the city of Ponta Delgada, such as Avenida Príncipe do Mónaco, Rua de Lisboa, Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Rua João Melo Abreu (in Calheta), Avenida Dom João III, São Gonçalo , Antero de Quental and Ramalho.
Finally, keep in mind that this transport is available every day from 8:00 to 00:00, which coincides with the usual times of flights to São Miguel.
Contacts for João Paulo II Airport
If you need to contact the services at João Paulo II Airport in Ponta Delgada, you can do so by calling +351 296 205 400 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are having difficulties with the airport telephone service or email, try to leave a message on social media, as they are usually faster.
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