Airport returns to normal

100 flights cancelled since Sunday

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JM reported last night (Tuesday) that Madeira Airport was already operating normally, having registered at least nine arrivals and six departures later in the day, after bad weather caused the cancellation of more than 100 flights since Sunday.

According to information available on the website of ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, 42 flights were cancelled yesterday – arrivals and departures –, but throughout the day nine planes landed at the airport and six had already taken off to various destinations in Europe.

The adverse weather conditions, namely the strong wind in the area of ​​Cristiano Ronaldo Airport, in Santa Cruz, affected thousands of passengers since Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Portuguese Weather Institute, IPMA lifted the bad weather warnings ashore on the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, but has maintained the alerts for maritime agitation throughout the archipelago – orange on the north coast and Porto Santo and yellow on the south coast.

On Sunday night, the Region was hit by the Celia depression, with strong winds from the north, carrying a mass of cold and unstable air that caused showers, sometimes strong, snowfall and hail, accompanied by thunderstorms.

The most critical period of the storm took place during dawn and Monday morning, with a “significant” drop in temperature, rain and strong wind, a situation that led to several occurrences across the island of Madeira, such as falling trees, small landslides and, clogged gutters and several road accidents, but no serious situations were reported.

The mountainous areas of Madeira were still covered in snow yesterday and several sections of regional and municipal roads are closed or restricted to traffic for safety reasons.

COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found in an earlier post

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