Madeira airport reached, for the 1st time ever, the 3 million passengers milestone
With constant growth in the last 4 years, Madeira Airport surpasses the growth of previous years in 2017 and closes with a record of over 3 million passengers processed. The event was attended by the President of Madeira’s Regional Government, Miguel Machado de Albuquerque, and by ANA’s CEO, Carlos Lacerda
With this new record, Funchal airport reaffirms it international airport positioning, with more that 55% of its passengers falling into the international passenger category, mainly from United Kingdom and Germany but also Poland, Switzerland, and Denmark. In 2017, Madeira Airport was connected to 71 airports, with 50 operators. The airport 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.
ANA-Aeroportos de Portugal's CEO, Carlos Lacerda, stated that this “was an historic milestone for a Region that in spite of having been receiving tourists for quite a long time, knew how to adapt itself to the evolution of Tourism and that enjoys full and constant connectivity with a dynamic Airport, which too has been preparing to cope with this growth and which seeks its best identity in the diversity of connections and operating airlines that it offers. It should be noted that, since 2014, the year of ANA's privatization and integration into the VINCI Airports network, we have had here at Funchal, 11 new destinations, 12 new routes and 9 new airlines. We acknowledge our responsibility in the development of tourism and we will do all needed to ensure that the airport will continue to be, ever more so, a facilitator of increased economic value and employment in the Autonomous Region of Madeira”.