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Private airstrip of the "Herdade da Lameira" open to the public. Currently it is temporarily closed while the new owners sort out the finances of the property in order to proceed with the maintenance of the runway.

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Private agricultural airstrip right next to the Montargil Dam. Concrete runway in very bad condition.

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Private airfield open to the public, certified for ultra-lights. Quite popular on the weekends. Has a dirt runway in good condition with markings.

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Private airstrip located near the town of Ladoeiro. Seems to have been deactivated or at least left unused since it is in very poor condition.

Using the Google Earth feature 'historic imagery' and backtracking to a date in 2006 or before you can see the runway much more clearly.

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Private airfield open to the public, certified for ultra-lights. Has 2 gravel runways in fairly good condition.

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Restricted access airfield used by the Portuguese Protecção Civil (National Guard) during the summer months as an aerial firefighting operations base. Before the expansion of Ponte de Sor airfield (LPSO) it was the main base for such operations.

Has a paved runway in good condition and a dirt one in poor condition.

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The information I have listed a private agricultural airstrip having existed at this location, and stated that it been closed for some time. Judging by the look of the terrain, if an airstrip did indeed exist here it has been completely destroyed by now. Also as I couldn't find any pictures of the airstrip that I could compare to the terrain, the location may not be 100% accurate; all I had were some coordinates pointing to this spot.

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Public non-certified airfield located on the top of the 'Serra da Lousã' (Lousã mountain range). It is the highest airfield in the whole country, sitting at a respectable 1190m (3,900 ft).

Not used much by private pilots, the airfield sees use essentially as an aerial firefighting base in the summer months. Has a paved runway in fairly good condition.

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Public airfield certified for ultra-lights and helicopter traffic. In the summer months activities are restricted due to the usage of the airfield as a base of operations for aerial firefighting by the Portuguese 'Protecção Civil' (National Guard).

Has 2 runways, one paved and one dirt, both in good condition.

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Off-limits to the public airfield managed by the Portuguese 'Protecção Civil' (National Guard). Used mainly for firefighting operations in the summer months and medical emergencies.

It also houses a branch of the "National Firefighter's School", specialized in forest firefighting.

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One of the most important GA airfields in the country, Coimbra aerodrome is certified for all kinds of GA traffic up to 5700kg MTOW, and has a paved runway in excellent conditions, with runway lights.

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Non-certified, off-limits to the public airfield managed by the Portuguese 'Protecção Civil' (National Guard). Used essentially as a logistical base of operations for firefighting activities in the summer months.

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Public airfield certified for all sorts of light GA traffic. Located near the thermal resort border town of Monfortinho. Has a dirt airstrip in excellent condition.

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Public airfield certified for aircraft with MTOW of 5700kg. Has lots of activity on the weekends. Paved runway in excellent condition, as well as a dirt one which used to be the old airfield, in good condition.

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Public airfield certified for all light GA traffic. Also sees some aerial firefighting activity in the summer months. Has a paved runway in very good condition.

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Public airfield certified for ultra-lights near the city of Pombal. Paved runway in very good condition.

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Public airfield certified for all sorts of light GA traffic. Inside the Monte Real AB CTR so contact must be made in their frequency for all operations in and out of the airfield. Has its own Air Club, and has a paved runway in good condition, though it is crossed by a public road.

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Public airfield certified for ultra-lights. It also sees firefighting operations in the summer months. Paved runway in good condition.

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Public airfield certified for ultra-lights with its own Air club. Runway in good condition.

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Private airfield open to the public, with its own Air Club. Certified for all sorts of light GA traffic, it also sees some firefighting operations during the summer months.

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Small private airstrip right next to the A1 motorway and very close to the larger airfield of Fátima-Giesteira. In average condition.

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Small public airfield certified for ultra-lights, near the medieval town of Óbidos. Runway in fairly good condition.

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Private airstrip right on the beach of 'Areia Branca' near the town of Lourinhã. In average condition.

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Very popular public airfield, certified for all sorts of light GA traffic. Known for its challenging but extremely satisfying approaches, it has the nickname 'aircraft carrier' in the country due to its somewhat short runway for non ULM traffic.

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Public airfield certified for light GA traffic on the outskirts of the city of Santarém. Known for its dangerous approach to runway 05 due to the construction of a motorway causeway immediately SW of its threshold.

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Public certified airfield with airport-size runway and taxiways such as a 1800m runway. home of the G Air Training Center, the biggest flying school in the country and one of the biggest in Europe.

It is also the main base of the 'Protecção Civil' (Portuguese national guard) for its aerial firefighting operations in the summer.

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Private airstrip of the "Monte do Lago". In good condition.

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Public certified airfield, very popular in the region until the expansion of the nearby Ponte de Sor airport (LPSO).

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Private non-certified airfield belonging to the "Monte das Pedras". Popular with ultra-lights & parachuting activities on the weekends.

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Private airfield open to the public located in the "Herdade da Amendoeira". Certified for aircraft up to MTOW 5700kg and ultra-lights. Paved runway in excellent condition.

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Private airfield open to the public and certified for ultra-lights. Probably the most popular airfield for ULM's in the country, with lots of activity on the weekend. Has 2 runways both in excellent condition.

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Private airfield open to the public. Certified for ultra-lights and very popular with recreational pilots. In good condition.

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Public airfield certified for, and very popular with ultra-lights. Dirt strip in very good condition.

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Private airfield in the "Monte da Azinheira Grande" opened to the public (with previous consent from its owner). Has a runway 2/3 of which is paved in excellent condition.

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Private airfield open to the public (with prior consent of the owner). Belongs to the "Monte da Aviôa"; is certified for ultra-lights, and has a paved runway in excellent condition.

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Public airfield closed in the early 2000's due to the construction of a railway immediately south of it and because of industrial development in general in the area.

Although closed and left unattended for so long, the runway is still in fairly good condition, and it's still used for recreational flights once in a while.

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Private airstrip belonging to the nearby "Monte da Choça".

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Private airfield once opened to the public, it has been 'oficially' closed since 1998 and hasn't been practically used since 2008, not having been properly maintained by its proprietor.

The original reason for closure was due to the airfield's location right in the middle of a protected area and bio-reserve, though the owner tried for years to contest the decision and to reopen the airfield, but to no avail.

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Public aerodrome adjacent to the Algarvian town of Lagos, certified for ultra-lights and very popular for recreational and balloon flights.

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The major GA airport for the southern Portuguese region of Algarve, Portimão airfield has its own AirClub with parachuting activities offered, as well as being served by AeroVip (7Air) with flights to Cascais (LPCS).

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Faro Airport is the 3rd busiest in Portugal and the 58th busiest in Europe, with as many as 8,700,000 passengers passing through it in 2017. It serves the touristic region of the Algarve, with its many beaches and summer resorts, and like the other 2 International airports in the mainland, it has seen passenger numbers rise by more than 10% each year for the last 6 years.

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Runway is still the same

What you (or your friend) possibly heard/read about was that the airport's infrastructures (terminal, passport areas, etc) have been enlarged to accommodate rising passenger numbers; there was no work done on the runway.

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Portugal's second busiest airport with 10,700,000 passengers passing through it in 2017, serving the second largest city in the country: Porto. It is the 48th busiest airport in Europe, and like Lisbon airport (LPPT) has seen passenger numbers increasing by more than 10% each year in the last 6 years.

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A minor Portuguese Air Force base, it doesn't have any squadrons permanently assigned to it, so it serves mostly as a logistical military airfield.

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A very important Air base of the Portuguese Air Force, and the 4th international flights capable airport in the mainland, since it was expanded for this purpose in 2011.

Currently the civil part of the airport has no scheduled flights, and serves mainly as a storage & maintenance facility, with sporadic charter or cargo flights visiting.

The military part of the airport however is still very active, being the home of among others, the Portuguese AF's maritime patrol squadron which flies the Lockheed P-3 Orion.

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An important civil airfield, used mainly for navigation flights by flight schools in the country (mostly based at Cascais LPCS), and by recreational flyers. It has its own Air Club and has been the site of the 'Portugal Air Show' every year. Brazilian aeronautical corporation Embraer has recently built a factory adjacent to the airfield, where they produce parts for their Legacy 500 and KC-390 airplanes.

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One of the most important air bases of the Portuguese Air Force, Ota Air Base is the main center for the training of Air Force personnel in the country, mainly for the ground school part of the training, with the flight training occurring mostly at Sintra Air Base (LPST).

Between 2008-2010 there were talks and proposals to build a new international airport at the air base's location, to replace the current Lisbon airport (LPPT), though these ultimately fell to ground due to the unsuitability of the soils for the project and the dangerous geography of the area (with a mountain ridge rising quickly to 500m after you take off from runway 35).

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Main gateway into the country of Portugal, with 26,670,000 passengers through it in 2017, it is the 20th busiest airport in Europe. The airport has grown by more than 10% in passenger numbers each year in the last 6 years, mostly due to the increasing trend of Lisbon being 'the' European city to visit in these last few years.

First opened in 1940, Lisbon Airport has continuously been the main Hub of the country's flag-carrier: TAP Air Portugal; which has most of its aircraft based here.

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Portuguese Air Force base which never did house any squadrons, has always only served as a logistical support airfield. It was the first airport of the country, serving the capital Lisbon before the construction of the current international airport (LPPT) in 1940. It also houses a secondary exhibition of the "Museu do Ar". The main exhibition is located in Sintra Air Base (LPST).

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The airport with the most aircraft movements after Lisbon & Porto's international airports, and the single biggest GA airport in the country. Home to 4 different flight schools and the biggest non-ultra-light airclub in the country, Cascais Municipal Airport is one of the most important civil airfields in the country.