Wind warning extended until noon Monday

Yellow warning extended

Wind could again affect airportThe Portuguese Weather Institute has extended it’s yellow warning until noon today. Originally it was forecast to lapse at midnight last night.  Flights could continue to affected, as they were on Saturday and yesterday – reported here

The eastern end of the island of Madeira – including the airport – will be hit by strong north/northeasterly winds with gusts up to 80 km/h. Similar predictions are applied to the South Coast, where gusts could reach 80 km/h.

The first two arrivals for this Monday have landed okay, from Hanover and Porto, and a couple have departed for Lisbon and Porto. Will keep this post updated, as today is normally a very busy day, without the knock-on effects from the weekend.

11.00am: All now appears normal this morning. 11 flights landed so far, with a number of these already having turned round.

Later this afternoon the problems reappeared. The Diario reports that at 17.00 , there were three planes that were waiting to land at Madeira International Airport, where the wind continues to be a problem. A flight from the Jet Time departed from Helsinki – and had already been diverted to Tenerife – was awaiting a landing, a flight from Transavia, departing from Porto, and a flight from the company Tui, which left Brussels, were also in holding patterns. Meanwhile, a TAP flight from Lisbon has already been cancelled and a TUI flight from Munich is waiting in Porto Santo for conditions favourable to the landing.

An airport source said that only the morning will they see a decrease in the wind, according to the predictions, adding that only on Wednesday will the situation return to normal.

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