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Madeira Airport, Portugal

From series “The most dangerous runways in the world”
Year: 1964. Lenght: 2,777 meters.

In the environs of the Spanish city of Santa Cruz is the unique airport of Madeira, one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Its runway was built on the coast, above the water, and recalls the bridge with the large concrete pillars. The stretch 'of the bridge' forms 2 777 meters, it is supported by the 180 concrete columns, whose height is 80 meters. The space under the unusual runway is not empty. Here was the large parking lot equipped.

Not all pilots manage to successfully land the aircraft at Madeira Airport. Before landing, they have to cross the mountain massif and then approach the narrow runway. Not all create this hard nut, so the accident rate in the airport is very large. Despite the huge risk, the airport is considered one of the most heavily loaded in Portugal. Every day he receives the flights from London, Vienna, Paris, Manchester and Oslo, as well as the other major cities of the world.

The airport was opened in 1964 and was reconstructed for the last time in 2000. At this period, the length of the runway was increased to 2,777 meters, which made it possible to receive the large aircraft. One of the biggest accidents happened in the airport in 1977, when the airline TAP could not load 425 on the short runway of 1,600 meters. After the death of the 131 passengers, it was decided to carry out the modernization of the airport, which was recently completed. Next - Narsarsuaq Airport


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Madeira Airport - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

Car rental office: 'Avis Aluguer de Carros Funchal' is located in 0.49 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Autotudo Da Madeira, Lda.' in 4.19 km
Parking: 'Pem - Parques De Estacionamento Da Madeira, S.a' in 13 km
Apotheek: 'Farmácia Zarco Lda' in 2.32 km
Police station: 'PSP - Esquadra de Santa Cruz' in 1.8 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Restaurante Samar' in 1.7 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Madeira Airport FNC - in 0 km
 »  Porto Santo Airport PXO - in 57 km
 »  La Palma Airport SPC - in 462 km
 »  Tenerife Norte Airport TFN - in 470 km
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Residencial Prisma

Located in 0 km from Madeira Airport
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Rooms: 14
Just 25 minutes from Funchal and even closer to Serra Golf Course, Residencial Prisma offers a small number of cosy guest rooms. In the morning, you … More: photo, rates and booking
Sun and Sea

Located in 2 km from Madeira Airport
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Rooms: 2
The unit includes an equipped kitchenette, private bathroom with a hairdryer, free WiFi and a living room with flat-screen cable TV. This … More: photo, rates and booking
"Quinta do Pantano, Agro Turismo"

Located in 4 km from Madeira Airport
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Rooms: 3
All accommodations at Pântano include a tiled-stove and some have a kitchenette and a porch overlooking the beautiful gardens. The private bathrooms … More: photo, rates and booking
Quinta Das Eiras

Located in 5 km from Madeira Airport
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Rooms: 10
With free Wi-Fi access and a balcony, all accommodations at Quinta Das Eiras come with a TV and DVD player. Guests can choose between wooden … More: photo, rates and booking

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