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The members of the Advisory Council of the Madeira Promotion Association were summoned to an extraordinary meeting whose mission is to analyse the January air transport statistics which, according to the DN, point to breaks in direct flights from Germany and the United Kingdom.

In January at Madeira Airport 45,892 passengers entered and left the UK, representing a year-on-year drop of 15%. Of the flights coming from and to Germany, 23,944 passengers were 24.6% less. This may be even greater, if discounted on some flights, especially from the United Kingdom, by passengers originating in the Region. But also softened if we take into account that some tourists use, from Lisbon, TAP and easyJet flights to reach the destination, an aspect that is not totally measured.

This morning’s meeting is motivated by these figures and it is expected that an analysis will be made of the first indicators of February, in a context in which the Regional Secretary for Tourism and Culture has made it clear that she places as high priority on her agenda the increase of flights to Madeira.

In the interview given to DN, and published last Sunday, Paula Cabaço assumes that she has set in motion a plan that integrates the Madeira Promotion Association and ANA – Airports and Air Navigation, to attract more companies. The first positive news has already arrived and the ‘Small Planet’, which already operates for the Region, will connect, from this month, Dusseldorf to Funchal, offering 10,000 places by the end of next winter. The delays and cancellations of flights due to meteorological reasons worries Paula Cabaço who bets everything in the tourist contingency plan to minimise the discomfort of passengers reached by cancelled flights.

Lets hope they look at the problem for those living in the North of the UK, Scotland and Ireland.