Madeira airports see 134% rise in passengers
Madeira and Porto Santo airports saw 3,062 million passengers between January and September 2022.
This is according to the Directorate Regional of Statistics (DREM), which said the numbers represent a like-for-like increase of 134%.
In the third quarter of the year, the movement of passengers at the region’s two airports was in the order of 1,288 passengers, a like-for-like positive variation of 49.2%.
In relation to maritime transport, the regional authority states that in the first nine months of 2022, 193 cruise ships docked at the regions ports compared to only five in the like-for-like period.
“If we compare with the same period last year pre-pandemic (2019), there were 28 ships more docked at the region’s ports” states DREM, adding that despite this positive trend in the number of stop offs, the number of passengers in transit (190,262) were a little over a half (54.6%) of those registered for the same period in 2019.
In the first nine months of the year, the Port of Funchal received 187,712 passengers in transit, the majority (89.2%) comprising Europeans, the main nationalities being German (40.6%, -49.4% on the same period in 2019), the British (39.6% of the total; -26.5% in the same period in 2019), the French (1.1% of the total; -71.5% on the same period in 2019), and Austrians (0.9% share; -69.9% on the same period in 2019).
On the other hand, from January to September of 2022, 1,693 recreation boat dockings were registered at the region’s marinas, representing an increase of around 37.8% compared to the like-for-like period, with 3,328 crew and passengers, +44.4% than the same period in 2021.