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Landing in Madeira is a manoeuvre for pilots every time

The most dangerous airport in Europe

The Island has not got enough place to build an airport in Madeira.
They built it on the side of the mountain, but It was not enough long so the airport was extended with 60 meters bridge on piles above the sea.

The airport is considered one of the most peculiarly perilous airports in the world.


The original runway was only 1,600 m (5,249 ft) long, but was extended by 200 m (656 ft) 8 years after the TAP Air Portugal Flight 425 crash of 1977.

Madeira Airport was officially opened on 24 July 1972, with two 1,600 m (5,249 ft) runways. The first flight ever to land was a TAP Air Portugal Lockheed Constellation with 80 passengers on board.
In 2016, it was announced that the airport would be renamed Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo (Aeroporto Internacional da Madeira Cristiano Ronaldo) in honour of Madeira native football player Cristiano Ronaldo

via wikipedia