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Madeira Airport Handles 341.9 Thousand Passengers

The Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira (DREM) released today, based on information from ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, the first data on air transport in the Autonomous Region of Madeira for the month of November 2023.

The airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira registered a movement of 341.9 thousand passengers, flying on 2,513 aircraft (commercial flights), reflecting year-on-year changes of 8.9% and 1.9%. When compared to November 2019 (pre-pandemic period), there is a positive growth of +44.7% in passenger movement and +31.2% in aircraft movement.

In the first 11 months of 2023, the changes in aircraft and passenger movements were 11.8% and 19.0%, respectively.

Each aircraft (considering together those that landed and took off) carried, on average, 141 passengers (132 in November 2022) at Madeira airport, while at Porto Santo that figure exceeded 63 passengers (58 in the same month of the previous year).

In November 2023, the movement of domestic and international passengers at the airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira registered a positive year-on-year change in international traffic (+9.8%) and, equally positive, but to a lesser extent, in the domestic segment (+7.9%). Compared to the same period before the pandemic (2019), there was also growth in both segments: +47.0% in domestic traffic and +42.8% in international traffic.

At Madeira Airport, international traffic (54.7%) predominated over domestic traffic (45.3% of the total). At Porto Santo Airport there is a predominance of domestic traffic (72.9% of the total), but with less disproportion compared to October.

In this reference month, scheduled flights at the airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira accounted for 91.6% of the total number of aircraft handled and 94.5% of the passengers (93.0% and 94.3% in the same period of the previous year, respectively).

In November 2023, the occupancy of aircraft handled at the airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira was around 81.1%, with Madeira airport reaching 81.6% and Porto Santo reaching 69.0%. In the same period last year, the occupancy rate was lower, at 75.8%, 76.7%, and 56.9%, in the same order.

From January to November 2023, the number of passengers embarking and disembarking at the region’s airports amounted to 4,465.2 thousand, half corresponding to traffic exclusively between airports located in national territory, which includes internal and domestic connections (47.7% of the total as a whole) and another to international (52.3%). Within the scope of the latter, the United Kingdom was the main country of origin and destination of international flights from the airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (32.8%), followed by Germany (20.3%) and France (8.6%).

In the IATA (International Air Transport Association) summer, from March 26 to October 28, 2023, Madeira airport operated commercial flights from 27 airlines (28 in the IATA summer 2022), with 64 routes (60 in the same period of the previous year) to 57 destinations (54 in the IATA summer 2022). At Porto Santo airport, commercial flights were carried out on 7 routes (8 in the IATA 2022 summer), from 8 airlines (9 in the same period of the previous year) to 7 destinations (8 in the IATA 2022 summer).

Samantha Gannon

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