The Portuguese Government has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Japan airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) to expand the capacity of Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport in Portugal.

Developed by ANA in collaboration with the other stakeholders, the expansion plan seeks to enhance the airport's competitiveness as an international hub.

Designed to support rising passenger traffic in Portugal, the master plan will also extend the civilian use of Montijo air base.

ANA has partnered with several other entities, such as the municipalities and the Portuguese Air Force, to conduct additional studies to facilitate military and civilian use of the air base.

"The expansion plan seeks to enhance the airport's competitiveness as an international hub."

The studies will analyse environmental impacts and the accessibility of the air base to ensure infrastructure is correctly integrated.

Last year, Portuguese airports recorded their highest ever traffic growth with a 14.2% rise in passenger numbers.

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Portuguese airports handled 44.477 million passengers last year, including more than 22.4 million passengers travelling to and from in Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, marking an 11.7% increase over 2015.

However, the highest passenger traffic growth rate in 2016 was recorded at Portugal’s Faro Airport, with an increase of 18.5% compared to 2015.