Residents mobility allowance under threat.

Residents mobility allowance under threat

Aeroprto da MadeiraThe Journal reports that after  summer this year, changes that are being prepared to the air mobility allowance which reimburses residents of the archipelago for trips to the Portuguese mainland. There will be less money from central government next year and a number of wide-sweeping changes – locals may  have to wake up at dawn if they want to travel cheaply. Travel eligible for subsidy will no longer be unlimited per passenger, and the flights covered by the subsidy may be only the first and last flights of the day. The value of the current trip beyond which a resident is refunded is currently €65 for university students and €86 for everybody else, could be changed (up or down), and the ceiling of €400 where you can claim the difference may be lowered. University students could be limited to a maximum of 5, 6 or 7 subsidised trips per year, but claimants will no longer wait two months to have the reimbursement.
The changes, which have been revealed by the Vice-President of the Regional Government are in the “final phase of negotiations” for the revision of the air mobility allowance, which should be agreed in April between the Regional Government and the Government of the Republic.

TAP problems. CR7 sculptor.

TAP problems

TAP cancellations cause concern

TAP problems: After an unusual number of cancellations were observed earlier this week by press agency Lusa, TAP said that it regretted the situation and was “acting to minimise the impacts on its passengers”. ............ more

Café do Teatro

Café do Teatro existing seating

Café do Teatro

FN report that the businessmen owning the Café do Teatro on Avenida Arriaga in the heart of  Funchal opposite the Municipal Gardens are exploring the possibility of extending the cafe area outside the building in future. They have already asked Funchal City Hall ............ more

Pestana Charity Event

Charity Book Fair in aid of vulnerable local children

Pestana have requested that we publicise one of their  charity events to be held early next month – 7th April – at the Pestana Village. This Book Fair is part of their “Sunshine Project”, and will be attended by local artists, including botanical artist Angie Gray, a friend who has featured on the blog on many occasions. In addition there will be a guided tour of the sub-tropical gardens for those interested.

Pestana Charity

Another favourable review for Madeira.

Favourable review

Guardian features Madeira “younger at heart”

The Journal boasts that once again the Guardian has given Madeira another favourable review, especially “for the emotions that it can arouse in its visitors”. “Madeira is known for its year-round warmth and relaxing energies, but visitors are now ............ more

The Blog and Data Protection.

Data protection

The blog and GDPR Data Protection compliance

With all the recent publicity surrounding Facebook user data being “mined”, this is just a quick post to confirm that this website is fully compliant with the new requirements of the GDPR, the new data protection law coming into force on May 25th 2018 ............ more

easyJet pilots filmed playing games.

An easyJet co-pilot is filmed dancing while flying a plane full of ­passengers at 30,000ft.

The Sun carries an exclusive report that an easyJet co-pilot was filmed dancing by his captain as they mess around on a Snapchat game while flying a plane full of ­passengers ............ more

Students clean Praia dos Reis Magos.

Praia dos Reis Magos

Students clean Praia dos Reis Magos, Caniço

The Diario reports that for the seventh consecutive year, the Basic School of the 2nd and 3rd cycle of Caniço, in coordination with its environmental education project will undertake cleaning of the stony Reis Magos beach in Canico on Friday. The work will no ............ more

Boat recovered off Ponta São Lourenço.

Boot recovered off Ponta São Lourenço

Norwegian boat assisted off Ponta São Lourenço

Yesterday morning a Norwegian flagged sailboat, which was to the south of Ponta São Lourenço, had to be assisted into Funchal by the Captain of the Port in coordination with Funchal Search and Rescue. The 12-metre boat, with crew on board, had requested immediate assistance ............ more

Praia Formosa restored.

Praia Formosa restored

Praia Formosa restored

The Diario reports that in the aftermath of the storms two weeks ago, the Municipality of Funchal, through the company Frente MarFunchal, together with the Portuguese Army, carried out an extensive cleaning operation on Praia Formosa between Doco de Cavacas and the ............ more

World happiness report. Most expensive cities.

World happiness report

Portugal “happier”

This year Finland takes the top spot as the happiest country as measured by surveys undertaken by Gallup from 2015-2017. Rounding out the rest of the top ten in order of overall happiness are Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, ............ more

Spring arrives early in Madeira.


Spring 4 days early

Although the Spring Equinox of 2018 only officially occurs tomorrow in the Northern Hemisphere, on Tuesday March 20, in reality spring in Madeira technically occurred four days in earlier, due to the island’s geographical position. This happened last Friday, ............ more

The stones of Porto Santo

Porto Santo

Latest photos from Porto Santo – the Golden Island

Following on from a Comment to the latest post, by coincidence the Diario has published recent photos from Porto Santo (attributed to Erica Franco Pictures) showing the latest condition of the beach – one of the “Seven Wonders of Portugal”. I do ............ more

Storm damage estimated at €14.6 million

Storm damage

The Journal reports that the total amount of storm damage caused to public infrastructures by the weather that hit the south coast of Madeira at the end of February and beginning of March has already reached €14.6 million. The numbers were released today by Pedro ............ more

Ferry deadline delayed again.

Pedro Colado

Ferry deadline delayed another 40 days.

The vice-president of the Regional Government, Pedro Calado, quoted in the Journal, has said that he is confident that Madeira could have the return of the ferry connection to the continent by summer this year. He also addressed the new request for the postponement ............ more

Old photos – Porto Santo

Old photos of Porto Santo requested

The Diario reports that in the year celebrating the 600th anniversary of the discovery of Porto Santo Island, the City Council hopes to involve the population in a campaign to collect old photographs of Porto Santo, with the purpose of creating a collection that will later be shown at an exhibition entitled “Porto Santo – Memories of a People”.


Portuguese man o’ war spotted in Lido

Portuguese man o' war spotted in Lido

Portuguese man o’ war spotted in Lido

The Journal reports that several Portuguese “caravels” (man o’ war) have been sighted on the south coast of Madeira. According to the Captain of the Port of Funchal these were observed yesterday between Ponta Gorda and the new Lido.  The Maritime ............ more

Time lapse video shows plane turnaround.

Time lapse photography reveals logistics

Thanks to Peter for sending in a link to the 4K time-lapse video taken at Madeira airport, illustrating in detail the logistics involved from the moment a plane lands until it departs on its return leg. The plane in question is an Air Berlin 737-800 with a listed maximum capacity of 189 passengers (strangely the specification only mentions 186 seats!). Presumably the handling agent is Portway.

Giant waves in Porto Moniz

Giant waves  go viral

Just a few minutes ago (Sunday – 16.30) the Diario started to feature a sequence of photos of giant waves at Porto Moniz, on the north coast of the island, that  are going viral on the internet. One of the photographers (Filipe Teixeira is credited for most) ............ more

Airport solutions……………

Flying boat in Funchal Bay

Solutions to airport problems

Thanks to Maurice for suggesting the obvious solution to any problems at the airport in the “Comments” to the previous post – the re-introduction of the flying boats that used to land in Funchal Bay!

Obviously nobody can “fix” the weather, ............ more

Airport problems continued…………..

Condor doubly unlucky

Airport problems: By 9.30am Friday, according to the Diario, 9 flights have already been cancelled, 3 have been diverted, 3 have postponed, and another is currently in a holding position. In a rather ............ more

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