British Airways resumes Madeira-Gatwick link

British Airways has resumed its route linking Funchal, the capital of Madeira, to London’s Gatwick Airport.

The link – closed in 2008 – has begun with three weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, but will boast more during the summer.

In fact, the British airline will offer 30,000 seats on the route during the summer months and 25,000 during the winter, says a statement released by national airport authority ANA.

“These numbers show the airline’s recognition of the viability and importance of this route,” said the statement.

The route – officially reopened on May 11 in the presence of regional secretary of state Eduardo Jesus – is supported by national tourism board Turismo de Portugal, the Madeira Promotion Association and ANA.