and obligation to cover for airport closure
JM lead with a report that the Commercial and Industrial Association of Funchal (ACIF) has called for a faster ferry and proposed the revision of the contract for the concession of the maritime line between Madeira and Porto Santo in order to provide for the “obligation of the concessionaire (currently Grupo Sousa) to make the necessary trips” to operationalize a contingency plan in situations of inoperability of the airport.
The same “chamber of commerce” has also called for the replacement of the ship by a faster ferry.
The possibility of the Porto Santo ferry providing cover in the event of airport closure has been mooted here for a long time. Normally, when Madeira airport is closed due to wind strength, Porto Santo airport remains open, and it is technically feasible, when the charter planes return, to land tourists on the Golden Isle and transport them to Madeira – particularly using a faster ferry.
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