Weather warning. Air travel.

The Diario report that IPMA, the Portuguese “Met Office”, have raised the weather warning to Orange due to the heavy seas predicted for the next few days. The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere has placed the north coast of Madeira and Porto Santo in the second most serious of the meteorological warnings due to the northerly waves of ..................read more

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Airport problems. Pico Arieiro. SPAD

Flight radar image of Funchal airport

Airport problems again.

A few problems at the airport early this morning. Fortunately the airport was not very busy and the situation quickly returned to normal. I am keen not to overplay any difficulties due to the winds at Santa Cruz – particularly when it is only a couple of relatively local flights that are slightly delayed – or in the case of easyJet from the mainland, ..................read more

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TAP growth. BA to subcontract Madeira flights. Smoking.

TAP

TAP sees more than 20% increase in passenger numbers

Portuguese flag-carrier, TAP, carried almost 14.3 million passengers in 2017, 2.55 million more than in 2016, a 21.7% increase, the company has announced. The Lisbon- Porto ‘Ponte aérea’ (“air-bridge”) was the airline’s busiest route with a total of ..................read more

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Gray day forecast

The Diario reports this morning that a gray day (or should it be “grey day”?) is forecast with rainy periods in some areas of Madeira by IPMA, the Portuguese Met Office, for today (Tuesday). The sky will generally be very cloudy and periods of generally weak rain will be recorded, especially in the north slopes and in the uplands. In Funchal, the sky ..................read more

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Câmara de Lobos. Santo Amaro. Credit card fees end.

Câmara de Lobos to stage mega bolo-rei

Câmara de Lobos to stage mega bolo-rei

RTP report that for the fifth consecutive year, the municipality of Câmara de Lobos promotes the presentation of a mega-king cake. The typical bolo-rei at the event has previously been around 150 metres in total length and have an approximate total weight of 250 kilograms. The presentation will take place tomorrow, Sunday, January 7, at 11:00 am, in Praça da ..................read more

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Porto Santo Ferry. Strong winds forecast.

Porto Santo Ferry

Porto Santo Ferry missing for a month

The Lobo Marinho, the Porto Santo Ferry, is undertaking its annual maintenance from today, heading for the Viana do Castelo shipyards on the mainland. The maintenance lasts four weeks – as usual – with a total cost of €1,200,000. After this, the ferry is scheduled to recommence its service ..................read more

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