"Madeira Airport (FNC)" Madeira Island Transportation Tip by Tripack
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Fasten your seat belt and be ready for landing...
Madeira Airport (FNC) is located 20km from Funchal. In 2000 the runway was extended to 2.8 km long compared to the previous (too) short 1.6km and able to welcome Boeing 747 and Airbus A340. Capacity is 3.5 millions passengers with 40 check-in counters and 16 boarding gates. On top floor you could find the bar/restaurant and enjoy landing or take-off from the observation deck.
This airport use to have a bad reputation because of an accident in 1977. After 2 unsuccessful attempts to land the boeing 727, the aircraft overran the runway after an aquaplanning due to difficult weather conditions (heavy rain and wind). 131 people were killed. Recent improvments have strongly reduce the risks.
In 2008, 2.4 millions passengers fly to/from the island thanks to 22'800 flights operated by 30 airlines and from/to 45 destinations. So who's next ;-)
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