First airport to be built on the Azores archipelago 50 years ago, Santa Maria Airport is located near Vila do Porto, one of the main cities of the island. Important airport for freight and refueling, Santa Maria airport is thus an essential tool in the economic development of the island and in the autonomy of the region.
In 2023, Santa Maria Airport obtained ACA 4+ certification, the highest in the ACI’s environmental assessment programme. VINCI Airports received this environmental certification for all airports in Portugal, becoming the first country in the European Union to have its entire airport system (10 airports) certified ACA 4+. This certification recognises that airports have fully accounted and reported direct and indirect CO2 emissions related to their activities and operations, have significantly reduced their direct emissions, offset their residual direct emissions and started to reduce their indirect emissions.