Madeira Internacional Airport

The Madeira Airport ( FNC code for the city of Funchal ) , also known as Funchal Airport and is located in the municipality of Santa Cruz on the island of Madeira , there is another on the island of Porto Santo ( PXO ). It has great movement tourist from all over Europe and also important cargo movement to supply the entire archipelago. Madeira Airport was inaugurated on July 8, 1964 with a runway 1,600 meters long . The archipelago has thus gained new connections to the Portuguese mainland , since until then the trips were made by boat. The first landing of an aircraft on the island of Madeira in 1957 occurred in an experimental track in Santa Catarina.

Madeira Internacional Airport

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In 1972 , given the inability of the small track to receive aircraft able to give vent to the flow of tourists seeking the island of Madeira , began to be considered an extension to make it possible to recognize flights intercontinentais.1 A project engineer Edgar Cardoso was then presented and the following year opened a new terminal capable of receiving 500,000 passengers per year .

Between 1982 and 1986 the runway was extended to 1800 meters , and we proceeded to expand the parking deck aircraft . The extension was inaugurated on February 1, 1986 , by the then President of the Republic General Ramalho Eanes .
However , the engineer António Tavares Segadães adapted studies Edgar Cardoso and planned a new extension to the runway . Thus , the September 15, 2000 took place the inauguration of the extension of the runway to 2781 meters . This is partially built on slab over the sea , being based on 180 pillars .

Nowadays , due to the lack of servitude aircraft , this is not qualified to receive Boeing 747 as well as almost any type of civil aviation , the main gateway for tourists in the region as well as postal services , urgent orders and some essential services . It is also an international airport that serves domestic flights .

Engineering
Their lanes 5 and 23 are considered one of the most difficult and dangerous approaches and landings in the world , due to high turbulence felt when the wind is over 15 knots , usually steering 300 and 020 . In the approach to the runway , winds descending and ascending ( when very close to the track ) and during landing is always expected , per protocol , so with great turbulence gusts side . Another difficulty for pilots , is the uplift ( upward force ) when the aircraft flies over the track , giving a sense that the plane is “not willing ” land. Due to technical difficulties presented to pilots , you need a special license to operations at this airport and only pilots with experience in daytime operations may conduct night operations .

Madeira Internacional Airport

The work of extension of Madeira Airport , held in the first phase by the Consortium ” ZED – Society of Construction Works from Funchal Airport Extension L.da ” : EMPEC and ZAGOPE ( Portugal ) Dragados (Spain ) Dragage et Travaux Public (France ) and Conrad Zschokke (Switzerland ) Prof. project had . Edgar Cardoso ( Structures ) and Hidrosevice Brasileira de S. Paulo ( Excavation ) and extended the lead initially to 1600 mts 1850 ( 50 in head 06 and 200 in 24 ) in the latter, already partly using technology ” Beam Release ” and pillars 60metros tall ( over the sea ) . All this for reasons of international homolugação . The second phase of the work with the complete crossing of the Bay of Ribeira de Pena , a work is ” Dantesca ” whose technical added value in the face of opposition deserves further amounts spent by some many sectors . It is a work globally recognized as one of the most difficult to achieve due to the type of terrain and topography . In 2004 , Dr. Manabu Ito , President of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering ( IABSE ) , presented in Shanghai , China , the premium 2004 IABSE Outstanding Structure Award which is only given to large engineering projects globally recognized . So Segadães Antonio Tavares was the first Portuguese to win what would be the equivalent of the ” Nobel ” of Engineering , with the expansion of the airport of Madeira.

Madeira Internacional Airport

Madeira Internacional Airport

Routes operated
• Aigle Azur ( Paris)
• Air Berlin ( Berlin – Tegel , Dresden , Düsseldorf , Hamburg, Leipzig / Halle , Munich, Nuremberg , Zurich )
• Austrian Airlines ( Vienna)
• Axis Airways ( Nantes )
• ArkeFly ( Amsterdam )
• Binter Canarias ( Gran Canaria )
• Cimber Sterling ( Copenhagen )
• Condor Airlines ( Düsseldorf , Frankfurt , Hamburg, Leipzig / Halle , Munich , Stuttgart )
• EasyJet ( Lisbon, London )
• Europe Airpost ( Paris- Charles de Gaulle )
• Iberia ( Bilbao , Valencia )
• First Choice Airways (London – Gatwick , Manchester , Exeter )
• Flyglobespan ( Edinburgh )
• Hamburg International ( Paris- Charles de Gaulle )
• Hapagfly ( Düsseldorf , Hanover )
• Jet2 ( Manchester, Leads )
• LTU International ( Düsseldorf )
• Luxair (Luxembourg )
• Neos ( Milan – Malpensa )
• Santa Barbara Airlines ( Caracas )
• SATA Air Açores ( Gran Canaria , Tenerife , Porto Santo )
• SATA International ( Copenhagen , Newcastle , Paris- Charles de Gaulle Airport , Ponta Delgada , Zurich )
• Scandinavian Airlines ( Oslo Gardermoen )
• TAP Portugal ( Caracas , Lisbon, London – Heathrow , Porto)
• Thomson Airways ( Birmingham , Bristol , London – Gatwick , Manchester , Bournemouth )
• Thomas Cook Airlines (Brussels )
• Thomas Cook Airlines ( Glasgow, London Gatwick , Manchester )
• Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia ( Billund , Copenhagen , Helsinki )
• Thomsonfly (London – Gatwick , Manchester )
• Thomas Cook Airlines ( Birmingham , Bristol, East Midlands , Glasgow , London – Gatwick , London – Luton , Manchester )
• Transavia ( Amsterdam , Porto)
• Travel Service ( Prague )
• TUIfly ( Basel / Mulhouse , Cologne / Bonn , Frankfurt , Hannover , Stuttgart )

Madeira Internacional Airport

 

Madeira Internacional Airport
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