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Arriving at Madeira Island – What to expect

A Warm Welcome Awaits

If you are arriving at Madeira Island, we want to say “welcome” and wish you the best holidays in Madeira. From the moment you step off the plane at Cristiano Ronaldo Airport, named after the island’s famous “son”, you’ll feel the warmth and hospitality of the local people. Furthermore, Madeira’s airport, uniquely situated between cliffs and the ocean, offers an impressive first glimpse of the island’s stunning landscapes.

Madeira Island Airport around the 2000
Madeira Island Airport around the 2000

Madeira Airport: Your Gateway to Paradise

In the past, the only way to reach Madeira Island was by sea. However, with the advance of technology and Madeira’s growing popularity as a tourist destination, there was a need to build an airport. Consequently, Madeira Airport was officially opened on 18th July 1964.

Due to the increasing popularity of visiting Madeira, the airport was extended in 1972 to accommodate modern and larger aircraft. The Madeira International Airport, also known as Cristiano Ronaldo Airport, is located in Santa Cruz, just 20 minutes from Funchal. As a matter of fact, a flight from Lisbon to Madeira takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Besides, there are daily flights to cities across Europe, operated by major international airlines, low-cost carriers, and charter companies.

Regular Airlines Flying to Madeira

Several international airlines have regular flights arriving at Madeira Island, ensuring that you can reach the island conveniently. These airlines include:

  • Air Nostrum
  • AMC Aviation
  • ASL Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Azores Airlines
  • Binter
  • British Airways
  • Condor
  • EasyJet
  • Edelweiss Air
  • Enter Air
  • EuroWings
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • JET2
  • Lufthansa
  • Luxair
  • Norwegian
  • Ryanair
  • SAS Scandinavian
  • Smartwings
  • Swiss International
  • TAP
  • Transavia
  • TUI Fly
  • And more!

Important Contacts for Cristiano Ronaldo Airport

Baggage Claim – Lost and Found

  • Service: Ground Force
  • Address: 9100-105 Santa Cruz, Madeira, Portugal
  • Phone: (+351) 291 520 700
  • Email: fnc@groundforce.pt
  • Service: PortWay
  • Address: 9100-105 Santa Cruz, Madeira, Portugal
  • Phone: (+351) 291 520 922
  • Email: lostfoundfnc@portway.pt

Madeira Island is a fantastic destination, offering a blend of beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and exciting activities. Whether you arrive by air or sea, the island promises an unforgettable experience. Enjoy your stay and explore all the wonders that Madeira has to offer!


My name is Jhonathan Rodrigues, and I have been successfully operating my travel business on Madeira Island for the past 15 years. Originally from Venezuela, I quickly developed a deep affection and fall in love for Madeira Island. 

At Madeira Adventure Kingdom, our mission is to showcase the finest experiences Madeira has to offer. I look forward to providing you with an exceptional journey. Enjoy your adventure with us!

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