Today’s One-question Interview is about Madeira International Airport …. also known as Funchal Airport and Santa Catarina Airport. Recently it got nominated in the top-10 scariest airports in the world.
Wedged in by one side the mountains and the other side the Atlantic ocean, it requires special training for pilots to do a clockwise approach. Some say that despite a unique extension that was completed back in 2003 and now expands the runway length to what should be a comfortable 2750 m, almost doubling the size of the runway, the approach to the runway is still hair-raising. Pilots must first point their aircraft at the mountains and, at the last minute, bank right to the runway.
Our question is:
Do you think that the Madeira Airport is a scary runway to land on?