Authorities in Madeira have confirmed that Madeira will get its first direct flight from the United States on November 29.
Additionally, starting November 29, weekly flights will also start from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Madeira’s capital, Funchal, which will also help restore the tourism industry amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation, TheSchengen.com reports.
“We had a strategy in the beginning, and we had that strategy until the end,” noted the Executive Director of the Promotion Authority of Madeira, Nuno Valley, in this regard.
Meanwhile, Madeira’s Regional Secretary for Tourism and Culture, Eduardo Jesus, welcomed new direct flights from New York City to Madeira in November while stressing that such a decision expands Madeira’s presence in the US market.
“With flight options accessible from a variety of flights to the United States, we are eager to welcome more American travelers in the coming months to the paradise of Madeira,” Eduardo Jesus noted in this regard.
Even amid the pandemic, the authorities in Madeira have received a large number of tourists this year. In August, Madeira saw nearly 171,000 visitors, based on statistics provided by Visit Madeira.
Additionally, Madeira saw a 49 percent increase in domestic visitors compared to 2019 figures.
Currently, international visitors interested in entering Madeira will be required to prove they have completed the virus immunization process or submit a negative coronavirus test result, no longer than 48 hours, upon arrival.
Based on the data provided by News Portugal, the Autonomous Region of Madeira recorded a total of 57 new cases of COVID-19 on November 12, while the same source states that it has recorded a total of 13,210 cases of COVID-19 and 76 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. .
Authorities in Madeira opened their doors to foreigners in July 2020, unveiling an innovative program that helped attract international tourists while keeping the COVID-19 situation under control.
In addition, Madeira has become the first destination in Portugal to offer a health certificate program for accommodation facilities as well as other tourist facilities.
Such a program was essential in organizing the top European destinations that ranked Madeira and Pronto Santo as the safest islands in Europe, earlier this year.
TheSchengen.com recently reported that Madeira received the World Travel Award, as Europe’s Best Island Destination, for the eighth year in a row.