Thousands of holidaymakers stranded in Madeira
Strong wind has ensured that more than fifty flights could not take off from or land on the Portuguese island. Thousands of holidaymakers have been around since last Friday stranded.
A spokesman of the Cristiano Ronaldo from the airport in the Madeiran capital Funchal, said Monday that approximately 5.500 passengers are victims of flight cancellations, reports the British newspaper Daily Mail.
According to the national weather agency of Portugal, Madeira lashed by powerful wind gusts up to 75 kilometers per hour, which is only Monday afternoon in strength diminished.
A plane with Dutch tourists turned to the Spanish island of Tenerife, because it is not on Madeira could countries. Other passengers were taken to the nearby island of Porto Santo and from there by boat to Madeira transported.
The Cristiano Ronaldo-airport by pilots is seen as one of the most difficult European airports to countries, because it is so close to mountains and the sea. A part of the runway walk through to what used to be a beach.
Given the season, and their large number, it proves tricky adequate to find shelter for the injured passengers. “We have the airport only after eleven hours of leave, after we own a hotel had arranged,” says vacationer Hylke Dijkstra against NU.nl. “We have no idea when we get home.”
How many Dutch holidaymakers going home by the cancelled flights is not yet known exactly. For travel company TUI goes to one hundred and fifty passengers, says the spokesman. “Our guests this afternoon by boat to the nabijgeleden island of Porto Santo transported. From there, they will fly tonight back to Amsterdam.”
Earlier attempts at the group home failed. “We have visited three times, tried an extra flight to countries, but because of the weather, that was simply not possible.”
Competitor Corendon says 188 stranded travelers on the island. “That will be as good as possible is collected,” says the spokesman. “It’s a little chaos there, because our travelers are, of course, not the only one who face this problem.”
A small part of the Corendon passengers will tonight attend the TUI flight from Porto Santo. The travel company expects the rest Wednesday night can fly back to Amsterdam.