“The year 2022 was the best year in the last 10 years for the ports of Madeira - Funchal and Porto Santo – in terms of stopovers, having registered 323, 25 more compared to 2019, which represents a growth of more than 8% relatively to the pre-pandemic year, when there were a total of 298 stopovers”, indicates APRAM, in a note sent to newsrooms.

The administration of the ports points out that 2022 “could have been even better, were it not for the 17 cancellations, due to weather or sea conditions”.

Cited in the statement, the chairman of the board of directors of APRAM, Paula Cabaço, underlines that “these numbers exceeded the best expectations”, although the movement of passengers in 2022 (417,730) has not yet surpassed the figures for the period before the Covid pandemic.

“We have had a record year of stopovers, in 10 years, and it appears that the movement of passengers has gradually increased throughout the year, representing at the end only 30% less compared to 2019, the year with the most passengers since 2013 ”, says Paula Cabaço.

The Port of Funchal had 11 more stopovers in 2022 compared to 2019 and a movement of 413,863 passengers, 30% less compared to the year in comparison.

The port of Porto Santo, on the other hand, “achieved an unprecedented result in 2022: 21 stopovers, 3,867 passengers and 3,822 crew members”, which means that, “compared to 2019, there were 14 more stopovers and 716 passengers”.