BA to expand presence in Madeira
According to RTP Madeira, BA will maintain their five weekly flights this summer, delivering 30,000 tourists to the island. As of winter, the TV station’s website says that British Airway’s “expectation is to carry 20% more passengers, totalling 42,000 seats put up for sale” (not sure about the maths here?).
RTP note that this is at a time when overnight stays from the British market fell by 9.5% (although their source for this figure is not given). They report that the decline is recorded across all regions of Portugal and is presumably attributed to Brexit, a weak pound, and the demise of Monarch meaning fewer cheap seats being available. This is on top of declines of as much as 13% recorded in 2017 in the Algarve in particular.
I notice one of the political parties here during the last week has been saying that the tourist authorities in Madeira have not noticed, or reacted to, an unexpected downturn in the tourist market recently.
Interesting article on the FlightGlobal website, detailing no less than 37 airlines that failed world-wide in the first 8 months of last year (co-incidentally 39 new airlines started up).
7M car hire
Somebody else who has faith in the tourist market expanding is local businessmen Roberto Silva, who yesterday opened a new car rental agency on the Estrada Monumental opposite the Forum Shopping Centre in Ajuda. Open 7 days a week and nearly 12 hours a day, the agency will initially employ 4 people which “is likely to grow up to 10 in a short time”. 7M plans in the near future open a point near the airport, and ‘will have a van to transport customers to the point of hire’. At the moment 7M has at its disposal 42 cars, some of which have been in evidence around Funchal recently, and next week another 18 arrive. The business will also have 30 bikes and 30 – 40 bicycles.
Apologies for the “Cookie” notices that have started popping up on this website – all part of the strict new European requirements governing data privacy. Bit of a nuisance, but most visitors should only have to click once on their first visit. On the plus side we hope to finally implement a major development that has been taking place here over the next few days.