Those landing at Lisbon airport can now opt to take the Metro to other areas of the city, including train stations and other transport hubs around the capital.
The airport Metro station – estimated to be used by over 400,000 people a month – and two other new stations are to open this Tuesday, 17 July.
The Lisbon Metro’s red line has been expanded to include three new stops, Moscavide, Encarnação and Aeroporto, all in an area that is badly served by public transport but is one of the most densely populated in Lisbon.
The long overdue Metro link will finally connect the airport with the city centre and other transport hubs, such as the train station and bus depot in Gare do Oriente and the train stations in Cais do Sodré and Rossio, enabling tourists and locals to leave the airport without having to resort to taxis or buses – the only forms of public transport that served the airport until now.
CO2 emissions are also estimated to decrease by 5,000 tonnes since many airport staff and foreigners will opt to take the Metro instead of taxis or cars.
The airport station is located just outside the arrivals and departures building, and a journey to Oriente train station, with connects to other areas of the country, should take no more than five minutes.
(Photograph: Rodrigo Baptista/Lusa)