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An airport is just an airport until we need to pass through it. Then, it’s as good as its responsiveness, comfort, services, shops, cafes, and restaurants. This is what Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport has invested in. Even though, at times, it may seem small for such demand and was recently listed by the Airports Council International as one of the busiest airports in Europe. According to ANA, the company responsible for managing Portugal’s airports, 28.2 million passengers passed through Lisbon Airport in 2022, representing a 132.5% increase over the previous year. New solutions are being studied and a second airport is being planned for the outskirts, but for now, this is the only airport serving the capital, with the advantage of being practically in the city center. It has access to the metro station since 2012 through the Red Line, connecting to the main points of the city, including Oriente station, in the Park of Nations, Lisbon’s main railway station. On the station walls, there are marble caricatures of well-known Portuguese figures such as fado singer Amália Rodrigues, Nobel laureate José Saramago, and painter Paula Rego. There are also different bus routes passing through here. The name Humberto Delgado came shortly after the metro line. Until then, it was called Portela Airport. It was in 2016 that the airport was renamed after the man known in Portuguese history as the “fearless general” for challenging the Salazar regime by running for the presidency in 1958. Humberto Delgado was assassinated in 1965 and is now buried in the National Pantheon. With two terminals, connected to each other by a free shuttle, Humberto Delgado Airport is one of Portugal’s ten airports (more than half are located in the islands of Madeira and the Azores). The original structure was inaugurated in 1942. Since 1962, it has been served by two runways.