Madeira has been a popular tourist destination for centuries and travel to and from the island has progressed from sailing vessels, steamers, seaplanes to modern jet engine aircraft, all of which has enabled the travelling public to enjoy the islands unique charm.
Formerly a health tourist destination, the islands temperate sub-tropical climate now appeals to all ages including those desperate to get away from the cold dark winters of northern Europe and Scandinavia.
Situated three and a half hours flying time away from the UK and many other European airports and four hundred miles off the West African coast, the island provides a wealth of activities and options for both winter and summer travellers. While sports enthusiasts will enjoy a wide variety of sporting activities including diving, canyoning and paragliding the islands cultivated and wild flora and fauna, levadas and often challenging topography appeal to both young and old alike.
The capital, Funchal, changes with the seasons and hosts a wide variety of festivals and events, including the vibrant and noisy Carnival, the stunningly beautiful Flower Festival and sporting events such as the Madeira Wine Car Rally. Also, the islands outdoor lifestyle and coffee culture provide a dramatic contrast with Northern Europe encouraging visitors to relax, unwind and enjoy a sense of freedom.
Madeira’s Cristiano Ronaldo airport is unique in many ways especially the runway which is supported by 180 concrete pillars and is ranked one of the top 15 airports that pilots love flying too. Only recently the new Airbus A321NEO spent 90 minutes performing a series of circuit and bumps at the airport before flying back to Toulouse.
Travelling to Madeira couldn’t be simpler as there are daily flights from some 50 plus airports across Europe and the U.K. and a myriad of different companies operate from the U.K. and Europe. The most common U.K. carriers are British Airways, Jet2, Easyjet, TUI and Small Planet SP.
Listed below are the airports and operators that fly directly to Madeira according to Airports of Portugal (ANA).
Birmingham Airport (BHX) - Jet2 and TUI
Bristol Airport (BRS) - EasyJet
East Midlands Airport (EMA) - Jet2 and TUI
Edinburgh Turnhouse (EDI) - Jet2 and EasyJet
Gatwick Airport (LGW) - EasyJet, TUI and British Airways
Glasgow International (GLA) - Jet2
Leeds/Bradford Airport (LBA) - Jet2
London Luton Airport (LTN) - TUI
Manchester Airport (MAN) - Thomas Cook, TUI, EasyJet and Jet2
Newcastle (NCL) - Jet2
Jersey (JER) - Small Planet SP
Ponta Delgada Joao Paul II (PDL): SATA - Azores Airlines
Vienna International Airport (VIE) - Austrian Airlines
Brussels National Airport (BRU) Tui FlyBelgium - Jetairfly, Thomas Cook Airlines and Brussels Airlines
Canaries: All Airports
Gran Canaria, Las Palmas - Binter
Tenerife North - Binter
Prague Airport Václav Havel (PRG): Smartwings and Travel Service.
Billund Airport (BLL) - First Air
Copenhagen Airport Kastrup (CPH) - Norwegian Air
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (EAP, MLH, BSL) - EasyJet Switzerland, EasyJet Airlines and TUIfly
Helsinki Vantaa Airport (HEL) - Finnair
Bordeaux (BOD) - Volotea
Dole (DLE) - Volotea
Lyon-St. Exupery (LYS) - Transavia France and Travel Service
Marseille (MRS) - Volotea
Nantes (NTE) - Transavia France and Voltea
Paris Orly (ORY) - Transavia France and Aigle Azur
Toulouse (TLS) - Germania Flug
Paris - Small Planet SP
Cologne-Bonn (CGN) - TUIfly and Eurowings
Breman (BRE) - Germania Flug
Dresden (DRS) - Germania Flug
Dusseldorf (DUS) - TUIFly, Arke Fly, Condor and Eurowings
Erfurt (ERF) - Germania Flug
Frankfurt (FRA) - TUIfly, Condor and Lufthansa
Friedrichshafen (FDH) - Germania Flug
Hamburg (HAM) - Germania Flug and Condor
Hannover (HAJ) - TUIfly and Condor
Leipzig/Halle (LEJ) - Condor
Munich (MUC) - TUIFly, Lufthansa, Condor
Nuremberg (NUE) - Germania Flug
Stuttgart (STR) - TUIFly and Condor
Lux Airport (LUX) - Luxair
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) - Transavia and Arkefly
Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL) - Norwegian Air
Katowice International Airport (KTW) - Enter air
Warsaw: Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW) - Enter Air and Travel Service
Porto Santo Airport (PXO) - Binter Canarias
Lisbon International Airport (LIS) - T.A.P, EasyJet, SATA- Azores Airlines
Porto – Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) - EasyJet, SATA - Azores Airlines, Transavia France and T.A.P.
Barcelona (BCN) - TUIfly and Vueling
Bilbao (BIO) - Air Nostrum
Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) - Air Nostrum
Madrid (MAD) - Air Nostrum
Stockholm (All airports) (STO) - Norwegian Air
Geneva (GVA) - EasyJet and EasyJet Switzerland
Zurich (ZRA) - Edelweiss Air
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