Country Profile

Republic of Portugal
(Republica Portuguesa)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
26 July 1139
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
111 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
79 of 242 in the World

The Country


Portugal is located on the western side of the Iberian peninsula, in western Europe. It is bordered to the north and east by Spain, and to the south and west by the Atlantic Ocean. The river Tagus neatly divides the country into the more mountainous north and the lower, undulating terrain to the south. Two island groups in the Atlantic also belong the Portugal: the Azores and Madeira. The total land area is 91,950 sq km (35,502 sq miles).

The Population of 9.8 million (2000 figure) is 99% Portuguese and 1% African immigrants from the former colonies. 97% of the population is Roman Catholic, 1% Protestant and 2% other faiths. The capital city is Lisbon.

Former overseas territories include: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde Islands, Goa (in India), Guinea, Macau (in China), Mozambique, Timor.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Portuguese History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Portugal
Yahoo Portugal page
wikipedia: Portugal
wikipedia: History of Portugal


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Portugal.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

Portuguese civil aircraft were registered in the series C-PAAA onwards from 1919, but this changed to CS-AAA onwards in 1929. The sequence CS-UAA onwards is reserved for microlights.

An incomplete all-time Portuguese civil aircraft register listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Current military air arms-
Air Force (Forca Aerea Portuguesa)
Naval Aviation (Marinha Portuguesa)

Historical military air arms-
Naval Aviation [1917-1952]
Army Aviation [1914-1952]
Army Aviation (Exercito Portuguesa) [2000-2015]
National Guard Aviation [1984-1991]
Irregular Forces Aviation [1962-1975]

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – government aviation unit
Civil Defence Aviation (Protecao Civil)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation (INEM)
Police Aviation – no aviation unit

Commercial Aviation

Air Luxor (1988-2006)
Euro Atlantic
SATA Air Acores
TAP Portugal

wikipedia: Airlines of Portugal
The World’s Airlines: Portugal

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers


Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in Portugal

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

Museu do Ar
Museu de Marinha

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Portugal

Aviation Bibliography

Portuguese Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

wikipedia: Aviation in Portugal
Links to relevant pages

Aeromodelling and Aviation in Portugal
Some info on Portuguese aircraft, famous flights, aviation museums

Aviation Photography at Faro
Civil and military photo galleries plus spotters guide to Faro airport

The Luso Pages: Lisbon Aviation
Airport and airline information.

Portuguese helicopter operator

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