A quick update on Tuesday morning
The landings and take-offs were more frequent at Madeira Airport yesterday, and “should return to normality from today until next Wednesday” according to the government. Up to 22.30 last night, 18 arrivals and 21 departures had been cancelled, with 25 flights landing and 23 taking off. Others were scheduled to leave later last night.and two TAP flights expected to arrive before midnight. According to the ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal website, which is now working OK, this later activity, with departures as late as 02.50 this morning, went smoothly. Already this morning a couple of TAP flight have left for Lisbon and Porto.
There are still some cancellations today which were planned previously, with Transavia electing to fly direct to Porto Santo and transfer passengers to Madeira using the ferry.
In the meantime, the events of the last few days have managed to make the dizzy heights of the Mail online!
If there any more developments I will post them here:
15.00: A source from the concessionaire ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal has just told the press agency Lusa that the operation of Madeira International Airport is returning to normal.
Wednesday 10.00: Been at the airport this morning and although very windy (my first impression was that we would be looking at more cancellations) everything was running smoothly.
Winds to continue
The windy weather is not set improve immediately, with the Captaincy of the Port of Funchal issuing a statement recommending that vessel or ship-owners “take appropriate precautions to ensure that they remain in ports of haven”. This is based on information from the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere, with the strong wind warning continuing for Madeira until 18.00 today. The wind will be fresh from the Northeast with gusts to 45-54 Km/h. Waves are forecast to reach 3.5 metres on the north coast and 2 metres on the south coast.
A video has just appeared on YouTube of a plane (not) landing at the airport yesterday