SATA – Azores Airlines recently announced that due to its success, it will maintain its Madeira - New York route and that it will be adding two new direct flights from June to September 2024 (Madeira - Boston/ Madeira - Toronto).
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The Regional Secretary for Tourism and Culture, Eduardo Jesus, was present today at the International Airport of Madeira – Cristiano Ronaldo to mark the occasion of the inaugural flight between Toronto (Canada) via Ponta Delgada to Funchal which arrived at Madeira International Airport – Cristiano Ronaldo at 11:20 am.
Early on this morning, reports were released that strong winds were conditioning the operationality of the airport and that at least three aircraft were circling waiting for an opportunity to land.
The President of the Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque, said today that the regional executive does not intend to purchase shares in the Azorean airline SATA, contrary to what was said by the President of the Hotel Association of Portugal (AHP), Bernardo Trindade.
A spokesperson for SATA Airlines has confirmed that the airlines Madeira - New York route will start on the 3rd November, and has the support of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, through the Madeira Promotion Association (APM).
The President of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque has confirmed that as of the 29th of November, Azorean Airline, SATA, will be operating two direct flights between Funchal International Airport and John F Kennedy Airport (JFK/New York) a week, until the 23rd of March 2022.
A report recently released by media outlet Correio da Manhã, stated that a bird strike on an aircraft as it took off from Madeira International Airport in 2011 resulted in a lower cargo door malfunction (the door sprung open), which could have led to a 'catastrophic failure' resulting in the death of all 105 passengers and 7 crew members on board a SATA flight leaving Madeira for Copenhagen.
The good news is that there is increasing evidence that Madeira is slowly beginning to recover from the pandemic as the latest information from the airport confirms that flights are expected to increase from 60 a week during July to a 140 per week in August.