Although I think Faro is a small airport there are in fact 62 check in desks!
The terminal building is a small two storey building and the departures area and desks are in the right of the building as you look at it.
The main drop off areas, taxis, buses – or friends in under a new shelter which is directly in front of the departures door. About a 30 second walk.
If you are returning a car make sure that you read the return instructions thoroughly as they can have different arrangements. The main depots for the car hire companies are at the very far end of the Airport Terminal, past the car parks . . . just follow the signs.
As you head towards the airport about 1km out there is a petrol garage. I mention this in case you have opted to return the car with a full tank of fuel.
For those of you who require assistance look for the “My Way” kiosks where you can call for assistance if it is unmanned.
If you have heavy (or a lot) of bags then there is also a porter service available upon request from 8:00 am – 11:00 pm. Reservations should be made 48 hours in advance and payment is in cash only. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once inside the departures hall there are two coffee / cafes at this end of the terminal, Costa Coffee and Air Tasty, serving fresh sandwiches, snacks etc. Of course there is a wider selection of shops and cafes once you have gone through security and are in the “secure” passenger only area.
If you are leaving a car at the airport for any length of time then head for P3 which is the cheapest car park….the costs are currently €5.00 per day…not bad really!