Madeira Airport (FNC/LPMA)

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Madeira – the Pearl of the Atlantic offering fireworks, UNESCO protected forest, and fabulous proven route opportunities.

Under-exploited potential (currently low cost airlines generate just 15% of traffic). As many Europeans head to the ski slopes in February, in Funchal people surge onto the balmy streets to celebrate the annual Madeira Carnival.

Europe’s Leading Island Destination, WTA 2013&2014

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Low seasonality of the destination
  • Low cost traffic represents 22% of total traffic
  • ASQ Assured on Service Quality
  • Service Level Agreements with business partners in order to provide passengers with maximum service
  • Madeira Airports has implemented a Quality System Management under ISO 9001 and has been certified since 2007
  • First Portuguese airport to implement and certify its Environmental Management System under norm ISO 14001 in 2007

Key factors: TOP Reasons to Visit MADEIRA

  • #1 Welcome to the homeland of Cristiano Ronaldo!
  • #2 Mild climate all year round
  • #3 The recognized quality of the Hotel Industry
  • #4 Wide range of outdoor activities: land
  • #5 Wide range of outdoor activities: sea
  • #6 Funchal: a vibrant city by day and night
  • #7 A rich calendar event
  • #8 Porto Santo -  the golden Island
  • #9 Europe’s Leading Island Destination, WTA 2013&2014
  • #10 Laurel Forest Natural Heritage of Humanity, UNESCO

Passenger Profile: Travel Purpose

Leisure: 83%

Business: 7%

VFR: 10%



Incentive schemes are available for new routes – but Madeira has been succeeding for a long time – Reid's is a real classic hotel, beloved by the novelist Somerset Maugham – Churchill also stayed here.

Marketing and other support

  • Madeira Airports offer incentive support schemes to both airlines and tour operators when opening new routes or increasing frequencies
  • Close cooperation with the tourist entities to support domestic or international routes start-ups and promotional campaigns
  • Organisation of promotional press conferences with local and regional media
  • Participation on workshops and roadshows to promote routes

This mountainous island also stages the IRC Rally Vinho Madeira, now a regular feature of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

Catchment Area

  • Madeira’s population of 260,000 means that the catchment is almost wholly-inbound, proven, and limitless.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Please contact us for more information on freight opportunities.

The first Portuguese airport to implement and certify its Environmental Management System under ISO 14001 is just 20 minutes to downtown – or certainly less than an hour from the UNESCO-protected Laurisilva subtropical forest – a relic of the past before the last Ice Age...


  • 13.2 km/ 20 minutes from Funchal city centre

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways (number and length): 05/23 2,781mx45m
  • Slot Coordinated: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24H
  • Technical Data:
    • IATA/ ICAO code: FNC/ LPMA
    • Date of first flight: 1964
    • Location: 13.2km from centre of Funchal
    • Operational hours: H24
    • Passengers per hour: 3,200 (1,600+1,600)
    • Movements per hour: 14 (7+7)
    • Departure gates: 16
    • Terminal capacity: 3,500,000 passengers per year
    • Check-in counters: 40
    • Arrival aprons: 4
    • Runways: 05/ 23 (2.781m x 45m)
    • Parking positions: 15 (2 wide body)
    • Taxiways: 23m

Vital statistics

  • Largest carrier: TAP Portugal