Madeira Airport update.

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.
Screenshot of Daily Mail HeadlineThere 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

6 Responses to Madeira Airport update.

  1. mauricereed Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 08:10 #

    There are loads of video clips of rough & aborted landings st Santa Cruz. Best to not look at them, it could put you off coming to the island.

    I am not happy with that point about the winds easing until next Wednesday, we are flying to the island on Fri 18th.

  2. Linda Lappchen Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 08:22 #

    Wow, that’s really scary, like the ‘South Easter’ in Cape Town!!

  3. Eiryl Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 16:57 #

    Pleased to say my family members delayed on their BA flight from Sunday morning have landed in Madeira!!!

    Many thanks especially to Admin and Jon ( ex pilot??) for keeping me updated on the airport situationvia the blog.

  4. mauricereed Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 12:23 #

    As of noon Wednesday all inbound & outbound flights have taken place. Fingers crossed.

  5. Sharon Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 22:56 #

    Had the same problem in July, should have landed in Madeira on Mon 24th July didn’t arrive until Wednesday 26th July – 51 hours after scheduled landing time, had overnight stays in Tenerife & Portugal.

  6. Erin G Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 18:58 #

    Got caught up in the 24th July cancellations due to high winds. Fortunately for us Jet 2 secured overnight accommodation for our family of seven with half board included Although they surely must be running at loss. Many fellow passengers I spoke to mentioned never to return,some who have been visiting for years. Quite a sad situation as safety is paramount. Not sure if the budget airlines will also continue their services at a reasonable cost making the beautiful Island so accessible to so many.

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