Airport strike today.
Madeira Airport is experiencing a one day strike by baggage handlers today, Christmas Eve. The Diario reports that this has been called by the National Union of Civil Aviation Workers (SINTAC). Passengers are advised to carry as little baggage as possible to reduce the impact of the strike. Baggage handlers are also planning action at the three major mainland airports – Lisbon, Faro and Porto. Often, very little changes at Madeira Airport when industrial action is called, so fingers crossed for those travelling today.
Airport renaming delayed
On the subject of the airport, its renaming ceremony in honour of its most famous son has been postponed due to Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the island prematurely on Christmas day – he arrived in his private jet a couple of days ago, but apparently has had to change his plans. The ceremony, which was originally planned for the 30th, will have to be postponed “due to commitments related to the professional agenda of the player” according to a regional government press release. A new date will be agreed as soon as possible
The main features of this Christmas in Funchal, according to the Tourist Office are:
General Illumination of Funchal’s downtown area and amphitheatre
Ethnographic exhibitions and live scenes:
– “Nativity Crib 2016” – Av. Arriaga main square
– “Christmas Market” – Av. Arriaga main square
– “Ethnographic Village” – Largo da Restauração (at the junction of Avenida Arriaga and Zarco Avenue)
– “Children’s Christmas” – Municipal Garden
Nativity scenes staged by local districts can be found at: – Funchal: Nazaré, São Gonçalo, Ribeira Grande (Santo António), Hospital and Santo Amaro – Câmara de Lobos: Ribeiro Real and Serrado do Mar – Santa Cruz: Nogueira – Machico: Bemposta and Torre – Ribeira Brava: Tranqual (Campanário)
In addition there are the following events
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Funchal at Christmas
Popular YouTube footage of the city this Christmas courtesy of José Diamantino Ramos