Madeira Promotion Bureau and SATA Group have announced the relaunch of the direct flight between New York (JFK) to Funchal (FNC). The non-stop flight will operate via Azores Airlines year-round, starting November 3, 2022.
With a flight time of approximately seven hours, this direct flight makes the region in Portugal even more accessible for Americans looking for a European island vacation. The relaunch of this flight resulted from the success of its initial launch in fall 2021, which marked the first-ever direct flight to Madeira from a U.S. gateway.
“This is a very happy moment for the Autonomous Region of Madeira regarding the groundbreaking Madeira-New York connection all year round. Such an important step for the market itself and people willing to travel all year,” said Eduardo Jesus, president of Madeira Promotion Bureau and regional secretary for tourism and culture.
During the International Air Transport Association (IATA) winter period, the new flight will depart weekly from New York on Thursdays at 9:20 p.m. (local) and arrive in Madeira at 8:35 a.m. (local) on Fridays. The flight from Madeira back to New York will depart on Fridays at 5:05 p.m., arriving in New York at 7:55 p.m. This flight schedule will adjust as the IATA summer period begins in March 2023, departing from New York on Mondays at 8:55 p.m. (local) and arriving in Madeira at 9 a.m. (local) the following day. The return flight will depart from Madeira on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and arrive in New York at 6:50 p.m.
The Portuguese island of Madeira is located amid the Atlantic Ocean, with spring-like weather year-round. The Madeira Islands are open to U.S. tourists, with no restrictions or test requirements.
Good to know: For a limited time, travelers can avail of a 30 percent discount valid for 2022 and 2023, winter/summer flights by entering the promotional code E0D0B5 when booking exclusively via Azores Airlines’ website.
For more details, visit www.azoresairlines.pt/en.