Main gateway to the Madeira region, Funchal airport was inaugurated in 1964 and unveiled in 2016 its new 1.800 sq. m. commercial gallery, with a capacity to handle transactions with up to 1.400 shoppers per hour. The modernization of the airport enabled space to be optimized to offer a richer and wider selection of services to passengers. Improvements also included refurbished check-in counters, new departure gates and border control areas.
These improvements contributed to a 14.6% increase in air traffic at Funchal in 2016 and sales growth of more than 33.6% in just the first 6 months following the new facility's opening.
In 2023, Funchal Airport obtained ACA 4+ certification, the highest in the ACI’s environmental assessment programme. VINCI Airports received this environmental certification for all airports in Portugal, becoming the first country in the European Union to have its entire airport system (10 airports) certified ACA 4+. This certification recognises that airports have fully accounted and reported direct and indirect CO2 emissions related to their activities and operations, have significantly reduced their direct emissions, offset their residual direct emissions and started to reduce their indirect emissions.