launches new route to Madeira summer 2010

12 September 2009

Leading low fare airline,, has launched the North West region’s first low cost service to the beautiful island of Madeira from Manchester Airport.

The announcement marks the fifth new summer 2010 route for Manchester Airport and, with brand new services to Tunisia, Kos, Gran Canaria and Venice launched in recent weeks and 250 extra jobs created from the airlines expansion.

Flights to Madeira (Funchal) are now on sale starting from £49.99 one way including taxes, Flights start from 3rd May 2010, departing on Mondays throughout the summer season. Holidaymakers can also take advantage of holiday packages with from £299* per person for a 7 night 3 star break.

An archipelago off the coast of Portugal, Madeira offers year-round sunshine as well as beautiful natural beaches, rugged coastlines, volcanic caves and breathtaking views. Ideal for water sport enthusiasts, the island’s Atlantic location offers the perfect spot for diving, fishing, surfing, whale and dolphin spotting as well as one of Europe's first underwater nature reserves on the Garajau coast line. Holidaymakers can also take advantage of Madeira’s capital, Funchal, which provides a host of shopping opportunities as well as bustling squares and streets with an abundance of great restaurants with fantastic local cuisine.

Ian Doubtfire, Managing Director at said, “Madeira is a stunning island and an absolutely fantastic summer holiday destination which I am sure will be extremely popular with our customers in the North West and beyond.

“We are the only airline to offer direct scheduled services to Madeira from Manchester meaning that this service will benefit people from across the north.

“At we are committed to offering our customers a wide range of holiday destinations, at friendly flight times from their local airport. We believe that this approach is why we have continued to see a great demand for our flights from Manchester while other airlines are pulling routes from the airport.”

Andrew Harrison, Manchester Airport Commercial Director, said: “ is going from strength to strength at Manchester Airport as they continue to expand their range of destinations with Maderia being the latest to go on sale. Madeira is an extremely popular holiday destination and will be a welcome addition to our summer schedule.”

Duarte Ferreira , Director at Madeira Airport, said: “The launch of this new scheduled route is extremely positive news for Madeira and will open up this beautiful region to many more visitors. The creation of this brand new link, especially at a time when other operators are looking to cut costs and services, plays such an important role for tourism in the region, benefiting the local economy and people working and living on the island. We hope that this partnership with will result in the opening of several new routes from the UK in the near future.”

To book any of the new routes visit

* Price includes transfers and accommodation at the 3 star Hotel Gorgulho BB, based on two people sharing. Departure 3rd May.

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