In a statement, the Regional Statistics Directorate (DREM) indicates that the numbers recorded in October, when compared to October 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic, translate into an increase of 54.5% in passenger movement and 38.4% in movement of aircraft.

The occupancy of planes handled at the region's airports (Madeira and Porto Santo), in October, was around 86.2%, compared to 82.3% in the same month last year.

International traffic grew 14.2% compared to the same period last year and domestic movement registered an increase of 6.9%, according to data released by DREM.

At Madeira Airport, international traffic (54.4%) predominated compared to domestic traffic (45.6% of the total), while at Porto Santo Airport “there was a predominance of domestic traffic (75.5% of the total), but with less disproportion compared to the previous September”.

The Regional Directorate of Statistics also states that, between January and October this year, 4.1 million passengers embarked and disembarked at Madeira airports, “a half corresponding to traffic exclusively between airports located in the national territory, which includes internal and domestic (47.8% of the total as a whole) and another international (52.2%)”.