Madeira Island (Funchal) Airport

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Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport, commonly known as Madeira Airport or Funchal Airport, is considered as the main international airport in the autonomous region and archipelago of Madeira (IATA: FNC, ICAO: LPMA). It is located in the Portuguese Atlantic archipelago of Madeira. It was first operated on July 8, 1964 with a runway of 1600 meters long. The first-ever flight to land there was a TAP Air Portugal Lockheed Constellation with 80 passengers on board. This airport was initially known for being dangerous because of its short runway and it was built on the side of a cliff. Another reason is, there was no land on which to extend the runway. The airport was honored after one of the best football players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Madeira Airport is connected to 48 airports and has capacity for 3,500,000 passengers. The top 5 airlines are that operate in this airport are TAP Portugal, Easyjet, TUI, Transavia.com, and Jet2.com. It serves 30 airlines and 48 direct destinations, mostly European flights. It is owned and being operated by ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal for 24 hours a day.

Location

Madeira Airport is located 13.2 km (8.2 mi) east-northeast of the regional capital, Funchal, after which it is sometimes informally named. It is the fourth busiest airport in Portugal and the main gateway to Madeira islands as it is the only airport on the Portuguese island. It takes approximately 20 minutes by land from the city of Funchal to the airport.

The airport is also described as one of the most dangerous airports in the world due to its unique location. It is located near the sea and several runaways end with cliffs and hills. Special training is required for pilots to land in Madeira Airport.

Arrivals and Departures

Arrivals and Departures are the most important information about Madeira Airport, you can use the FlightStat By Cirium website for accurate information.

Access and Parking

Pick up and drop off points for all traffic is situated along the VR1 road.

Madeira Airport has several parking spaces conveniently located within walking distance of terminals. P0 and P1, located north of the VR1 road, are the express parking spaces. P5 and P6 are dedicated for long stay. P7 is the low cost parking space. P5, P6 and P7 is located south of the VR1 road. There is a Park Via parking service as well, which provides parking options outside the airport.

Prices as of 05 April 2020
Duration P0, P1 P5, P6 P7
1 hour € 2.80 € 1.60 € 2
1 day € 18 € 5 € 6
2 days € 36 € 10 € 12
3 days € 54 € 15 € 18
1 week € 126 € 35 € 42
2 weeks € 252 € 70 € 84
3 weeks € 378 € 105 € 126
Source: Airmundo.com

Contact Information

The Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport is owned and operated by the Aeroportos de Portugal (ANA)] - Vinci Airports. The airport can be contacted and reached through Customer Service by email at [email protected]m.pt or at (+351) 291 520 700. The official airport website is ANA.pt.

The table displays the several useful desks inside the Madeira Airport:

Information Desk Contact Number Location Hours of Operation
Madeira International Airport Information Desk (+351) 291 520 700 Arrivals Hall, Level 1 08:00 am to 09:00 pm
Tourism Bureau (+351) 291 524 933 Ground Floor, Level 0 09:00 am to 09:30 pm
Police - Polícia Segurança Pública (PSP) (+351) 291 520 889 Near terminal, Level 1 Available 24/7
Clinic (for emergencies only) (+351) 291 520 769 Level 1 Available 24/7
TAP Lounge Portugal (+351) 291 520 700 Airside, Level 3 04:00 am to 10:00 pm

Transport

Public Transportation

Public transportation vehicles are available in Madeira Airport. You can get a bus or taxi easily as soon as you exit the airport.

Regular buses run from Madeira Airport every hour to Funchal City for about 25 minutes. The fare starts at € 3.25. Express buses to Praia Formosa takes about 45 minutes of travel and the cost starts at € 5.

Metered taxis are available just outside the airport with a minimum fare of € 4.

Company Type Contact Number
SAM Bus (+351) 291 201 151
AITRAM Taxi (+351) 291 765 760

Private Transportation

Private town car service, such as Uber, is available in Madeira.

There are several Car Rental providers located inside the Madeira Airport as well. These includes Hertz, Avis, Sixt and Europcar to name a few.

*Based on Google Reviews
Car Rental Company Contact Number Hours of Operation Important Requirements Average*
Hertz (+351) 219 426 300 08:00 am to 10:00 pm International Driving Permit, Insurance 3.0
ACE Rent-A-Car (+1) 866 551 8267 07:00 am to 11:00 pm International Driving Permit, Insurance 0.0
Avis (+351) 291 524 392 08:00 am to 05:00 pm International Driving Permit, Insurance 2.7
Rodavante Rent-A-Car (+351) 291 982 925 08:00 am to 12:00 am International Driving Permit, Insurance 4.2
Madeira Rent (+351) 291 523 355 07:00 am to 12:00 am International Driving Permit, Insurance 2.8
Thrifty Car Rental (+351) 219 426 300 08:00 am to 10:00 pm International Driving Permit, Insurance 1.9
Goldcar (+351) 211 451 595 24/7 International Driving Permit, Insurance 1.7
Budget (+351) 291 524 392 08:00 am to 05:00 pm International Driving Permit, Insurance 1.8
Guerin Rent-A-Car (+351) 291 522 248 24/7 International Driving Permit, Insurance 3.9
Sixt (+351) 255 788 199 08:00 am to 12:00 am International Driving Permit, Insurance 3.1

Hotels

Being located in an island gives Madeira Airport a wide range of hotels and accommodation options. Some of the hotels are known for its amazing ocean views, while others highlight the amazing scenery of the island.

The table shows some of the best hotels situated around the Madeira Airport.

*Based on Google Reviews
Hotel Contact Number Address Starting Rate Distance from airport *Average
Hotel Vila Galé Santa Cruz (+351) 291 529 000 R. De São Fernando 5, 9100-173 Santa Cruz, Portugal € 111.0 1.9 km 4.5
Santa Cruz Village Hotel (+351) 291 520 000 R. do Bom Jesus No. 22, 9100-152 Santa Cruz, Portugal € 90 1.8 km 4.4
Hotel PortoBay Serra Golf (+351) 291 550 500 Sítio dos Casais Próximos, 9100-255, Portugal € 384 4.7 km 4.5
Hotel Enotel Golf Santo da Serra (+351) 291 550 550 Sitio Dos Casais Proximos, 9200-152 Santo António da Serra, Portugal € 62 5 km 4.4
Residencial Família (+351) 291 969 440 Sítio Pé Da Lareira, 22, 9200-088 Machico, Portugal € 58 2.3 km 4.6
Quinta Santo Antonio Da Serra (+351) 965 012 959 Estr. Santo António da Serra 477, 9100-255 Santo António da Serra, Portugal € 57 5 km 4.6
Hotel Solar Bom Jesus (+351) 291 603 093 Estrada da Ribeira No. 4, 9100-169 Santa Cruz, Portugal € 72 2 km 4.4
Hotel Vila Bela (+351) 291 563 381 23 Rua da Praia, Sítio das Casas Próximas, 9225-050 Porto da Cruz, Portugal € 57 9.9 km 4.4
Quinta Da Cova Do Milho (+351) 291 552 455 Caminho do Poiso - Santo Antonio da Serra 191, 9100-275 Santo da Serra, Portugal € 69.9 4.1 km 4.6
Moinho do Comandante (+351) 916 165 993 Faja do Cedro Gordo - São Roque do Faial Santana, Santana, Portugal € 99.83 11.6 km 4.7
White Waters Hotel (+351) 291 969 380 Praceta 25 de Abril 34, 9200-084 Machico, Portugal € 49.83 2.6 km 4.3
InMountain Country House (+351) 938 381 299 Caminho do Telegrafo 17, 9125-258 Caniço, Portugal Call for rates 6.7 km 4.3
Casas Valleparaízo (+351) 962 939 357 Estrada Regional 102, 161, 9135-060 Camacha, Portugal € 81.86 17.1 km 4.6
Madeira Holiday Villa Contact via website Caminho do Cabeço Alto, Ribeira João Gonçalves Santo Antonio da Serra, 9100-249, Portugal Visit website for rates 8.2 km 5
Quinta das Eiras (+351) 919 868 168 Rua Dos Leais N4, 9225-050 Porto da Cruz, Portugal € 66.89 5.4 km 4.8

Airlines and Flights

Madeira is considered one of the best leisure spots in all of Europe. This makes Madeira Airport as one of the busiest airport in Europe. It mostly hosts flights to European cities.

The table below summarizes some of the flights that Madeira Airport caters.

Airlines Destinations
Air Europa Bilbao, Madrid
ASL Airlines France Montpellier, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Azores Airlines Ponta Delgada
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, Porto Santo, Tenerife–North

Seasonal: Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Marrakesh

British Airways London–Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Condor Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam
easyJet Berlin–Tegel, Bristol, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Porto
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Katowice
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Iberia Regional Seasonal: Barcelona, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela
Jet2.com Belfast–International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lufthansa Frankfurt

Seasonal: Munich

Luxair Luxembourg
Neos Milan–Malpensa
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen
Novair Bold textSeasonal charter: Gothenburg, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Stockholm–Arlanda
SmartLynx Airlines Estonia Seasonal charter: Tallinn
Smartwings Seasonal charter: Lyon, Prague, Warsaw–Chopin
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon, Porto

Seasonal charter: Sal

Transavia Amsterdam
Transavia France Lyon, Nantes, Porto

Seasonal: Paris–Orly

TUI Airways Birmingham, London–Gatwick, Manchester

Seasonal: East Midlands

TUI fly Belgium Brussels
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Cologne/Bonn, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam

Airport Lounges

Madeira Airport has a TAP Portugal Lounge that offers premium hospitality to members. It is located in Level 3 Airside, just after the Security Checks and shops. There are signs that leads to TAP Portugal Lounge as well. Only passengers with tickets are allowed inside the lounge for a maximum of 3 hours of stay.

TAP Portugal Lounge offers the following services:

  • Airconditioning
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Disabled Access
  • Fax
  • Flight Information Monitor
  • Wifi
  • Newspapers and Magazine
  • Non Smoking
  • Refreshments and Drinks
  • Telephone
  • Television
Lounge Contact Number Location Hours of Operation
TAP Portugal Lounge (+351) 291 520 700 Airside, Level 3 04:00 am to 10:00 pm

Priority Lane Upgrade

Madeira Airport offers premium services for queueing and faster security check lines through Fast Track. Fast Track saves passengers precious time that can be lost from long queues. However, mandatory check-ins, security checks and boarding procedures are not part of Fast Track premium services as passengers are still required to observe mandatory checks and procedures.

How Fast Track Works?
  1. Book Fast Track through ANA app or via their website
  2. Voucher will be sent via email once booking is completed
  3. Present the boarding pass along with the printed or digital copy of the Fast Track voucher

Baggage

Madeira Airport provides several luggage services so passengers can store, secure or transport luggage with ease.

Storing Luggage

Left Luggage is available for passengers who wish to leave their luggage whilst exploring the airport or Madeira Island. Baggage lockers are also available for passengers who do not want to carry their bags around the airport.

Name Cost Location Hours of Operation
Left Luggage Starts at € 4.0 Before Security Ground Floor, Level 0 24/7
Baggage Lockers € 2.5 Small bag
€ 2.9 Medium bag
€ 3.5 Large bag
Before Security 24/7

Carrying Luggage

Luggage cars are available all around the Madeira Airport to help passengers transport their luggage. They are located near Baggage Claim for arriving passengers and near the entrance on Level 1 for departing passengers.

Securing Luggage

Passengers can safely secure their luggage and packages through Safe Bag. It is a luggage protection service that wraps, packs and secures packages for safe transport. Passengers can book online and simply present their booking confirmation at Safe Bag counter.

Name Cost Location Hours of Operation
Safe Bag Starts at € 7.0 Before Security, Level 1 04:00 am to 12:00 pm / 01:00 pm to 06:00 pm Monday to Friday
04:00 am to 17:00 Saturday
04:00 am to 12:00 pm Sunday

Shopping and Gifts

A wide variety of shops are available inside Madeira Airport.

The table shows the shops inside the airport along with the store hours and contact information.

Shops Category Hours of Operation Contact Number
ALE-HOP Handicrafts & Gifts 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 291 520 700
Attitude Fashion & Accessories 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 965 924 624
Chocolate Lounge Chocolates & Candies/ Gourmet 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 961 882 022
Duty Free Store Chocolates & Candies/ Gourmet/ Liquors & Tobacco/ Fashion&Accessories/ Perfumes & Beauty/ Watches & Jewels 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 965 924 624
Fashion Gate Fashion & Accessories 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 912 926 152
Flowers to Go Handicrafts & Gifts 06:00 am to 10:00 pm (+351) 291 520 700
Football Gate Fashion & Accessories 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 912 926 152
Gifts2Go Handicrafts & Gifts 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 918 742 010
Pandora Fashion & Accessories/ Watches & Jewels 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+1) 808 919 091
Parfois Fashion & Accessories 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 220 900 800
Portfolio Handicrafts & Gifts/ Chocolates & Candies/ Gourmet/ Books & News/ Fashion & Accessories/ Watches & Jewels 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 218 422 506
Relay Handicrafts & Gifts/ Chocolates & Candies/ Kids/ Gourmet/ Liquors & Tobacco/ Books & News/ Travel 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 218 413 542
Sunglass Hut Fashion & Accessories 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 962 165 027
Sweet Colors Chocolates & Candies/ Kids 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 961 882 022
Travel & Business Gate Fashion & Accessories/ Travel 07:30 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 912 926 152

Restaurants and Coffee

Madeira Airport is filled with coffee shops, restaurants and specialty shops where passengers can eat and relax while waiting for their flights.

Restaurants and Cafes Category Hours of Operation Contact Number
Buondi Coffee & Bakery 07:00 am to 12:00 am (+351) 965 246 221
Burger King International Food 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (+351) 932 102 285
Clocks Coffee & Bakery/ International Food 08:00 am to 10:00 pm (+351) 932 004 205
Cockpit Beerhouse & Small Bites/ Portuguese Food 07:00 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 932 004 205
Gelati di chef Ice Creams 07:00 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 961 882 022
Go to Coffee Coffee & Bakery 06:00 am to 10:00 pm (+351) 932 004 205
Pizza Hut International Food 07:00 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 932 004 205
Saudade Coffee & Bakery 06:00 am to 10:00 pm (+351) 932 004 205
Specially Coffee & Bakery 07:00 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 932 004 205
Starbucks Coffee & Bakery/ International Food 05:00 am to 11:00 pm (+351) 218 422 506

Tax Claim/Tax Back

Madeira Airport, like any other European airports, has VAT refund desk. A minimum spend of € 61.35 on non-consumable goods are entitled to VAT refund in European Union countries for Non-EU travelers and passengers. Proper documentation, such as tax forms, purchase receipts and passport is required to claim VAT refunds.

  1. Declare the VAT refundable purchases at Check-in counters.
  2. Fill out the tax refund document given by Check-in counter personnel.
  3. Proceed to Customs Desk and present the required documents.
  4. Proceed to VAT Refund Desk for validation
  5. Reimbursement will be given after all documents have been validated.

For more information, visit VAT Refund section in ANA.pt.

Duty-Free

Madeira Airport has a variety of duty-free stores which offer food, beverages, basic essentials, souvenirs and local delicacies for passengers. Passengers incoming from non-Schengen territories have to pass through immigration to enter. Likewise, passengers from Schengen territories may freely enter after security. There is also a "Pick-up on Return" option to give a convenient way of shopping to passengers. This option is free and will not add to any expenses e.g tax, vat upon claiming.

Name Contact Number Location Hours of Operation
Duty-Free Non-Schengen (+351) 965 924 624 After Security 07:30 am to 11:00 pm
Duty-Free Arrival (+351) 965 924 624 After Security, Arrivals Hall, Level 1 07:30 am to 11:00 pm
Duty-Free Departure (+351) 965 924 624 Airside, Departures, Level 3 07:30 am to 11:00 pm

References

  1. Madeira Airport https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madeira_Airport
  2. Madeira Airport ANA https://www.aeroportomadeira.pt/en/fnc/home
  3. All About Madeira Cristiano Ronaldo Airport https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/portugal/madeira/madeira-cristiano-ronaldo-airport/
  4. Parking at Madeira Airport https://airmundo.com/en/airports/madeira-airport/parking/
  5. Lounges https://www.airport-madeira.com/lounges.php
  6. Hotels near Madeira Airport https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/Madeira

External Links

https://airportguide.com/ https://www.flightstats.com/v2/airports/departing-arriving/subscribe https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/location/portugal/madeira/FNCT51
https://www.airportia.com/portugal/cascais-municipal-aerodrome/ https://www.uber.com/global/en/cities/funchal/ https://www.avis.com/en/locations/find-a-location
https://www.airport-technology.com/projects/ https://www.sam.pt/informacoes-aerobus.html https://www.europcar.com/en/stations/portugal/funchal-airport
https://www.airlinequality.com/ https://www.ana.pt/en/fnc/services-shopping/premium-services/tap-lounge https://www.sixt.com/car-rental/portugal/santa-cruz/madeira-airport
https://www.faro-airport.com/car-hire.php#/searchcars https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/portugal/madeira https://www.ana.pt/en/fnc/services-shopping/premium-services/fast-track
https://www.rhodes-airport.info/car-hire/ https://www.airport-madeira.com/lounges.php https://www.ana.pt/en/fnc/services-shopping/essential-services/vat-refund