Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


The Azores registered a record number of passengers at airports in 2022, with more than 1.8 million disembarkations, according to data revealed today by the Regional Statistics Service (SREA).

Between January and December of last year, 1,842,460 passengers disembarked at Azorean airports, 138,639 (8.1%) more than in 2019, the year before the Covid-19 pandemic, in which the highest number of arrivals in the country had been recorded, according to SREA data which began in 1986.


After a sharp drop in 2020, due to the pandemic, with 638,821 arrivals, the region recorded a recovery in 2021, with 1,181,896 arrivals.


Compared to the same period, there was an increase of 55.9% in 2022.


“All islands show positive variations in passenger arrivals compared to the previous year. The one with the greatest variation is that of São Miguel, with 64.3% and, for the first time, exceeds one million disembarked passengers”, reads in the SREA publication.


By type of flight, disembarkations from inter-island flights stood out the most in 2022, with a total of 827,868 passengers, 36.6% more than in the previous year.


However, it was on international flights that the biggest increase was recorded compared to the same period (218.2%), with more than three times the number of passengers disembarked (198,387).


Passengers on flights from mainland Portugal and Madeira registered a rise of 58.9%, to 816,205.

Year-on-year growth was recorded in every month of 2022.