easyJet “hanging by a thread”

easyjet tailfins

… according to union official

In a leaked recording obtained by BBC News, pilots’ union official Martin Entwisle described the company as being in a “really, really dire situation.”

Mr. Entwisle made the comment after a meeting with the airline’s chief financial officer, Andrew Findlay. easyJet denies that ............  ...read more

Firefighting helicopter all year in future

The president announced that there will be a firefighting helicopter all year round

President announces that Madeira will have a firefighting helicopter all year

Both the Diario and JM report online that the President of the Regional Government announced this morning that Madeira will have a firefighting helicopter all year round, starting next summer, 2021.

Miguel Albuquerque, who was speaking during a visit to the cable car rescue training centre, located ............  ...read more

COVID-19: Portugal extends measures to mid-October

Graph showing the daily rise in cases of COVID-19

Daily increases worry authorities

The Portuguese government has extended measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic until at least October 14, at a time an increase in the number of daily cases in the country continues to worry authorities at home and abroad.

The whole country will remain under a “State of Contingency” until ............  ...read more

French couple blamed for 100 cases in Iceland

Irishman Pub in Reykjavik, Iceland

… after refusing to isolate

Nothing to do with Madeira but could provide a salutary lesson to those thinking of ignoring quarantine guidelines: A cluster of around 100 COVID-19 cases in Iceland has been traced back to two French tourists who refused to isolate, a local newspaper reports.

The French couple arrived in Iceland ............  ...read more

Madeira features in The Sun

Funchal and Madeira feature in The Sun

One of 12 quarantine-free destinations

JM reports that the Sun newspaper today published a list of 12 holiday destinations with no quarantine rules on arrival or return to the UK for British travellers.

They point out that while mainland Portugal is currently on the UK quarantine list, although the islands of the Azores and Madeira are ............  ...read more

Landmark Café Apolo future uncertain

Cafe Apolo

Staff union hopes to hear soon

JM reports that the Hotel Union on the island hopes to know quickly, possibly as soon as today, on the decision of an investor who will have expressed interest in Café Apolo.

The emblematic cafe over 70 years old, located in the centre of Funchal opposite the  ............  ...read more

Infected tourists in “Ibiza on ice” sue Austrian government

Ishgl, Austria

Claims Austrian government mis-handled first wave of COVID-19 infections in Europe.

On the Portuguese mainland, Diário de Notícias reports that legal action is being taken against the Austrian government over how, in March this year, they managed the coronavirus outbreak at the Tyrolean ski resort.

Ischgl, a ski resort in Tyrol with 1600 permanent inhabitants, has been officially ............  ...read more