Self Catering in Madeira
From the UK, you can usually find daily flights to Madeira from Gatwick via TAP (Portuguese national airline).
However, Madeira is becoming ever more popular as a safe holiday destination with all-year-round good weather, so most airports have one or two operators these days. Monday is still the most popular change-over day for the island but it is becoming easier to find flights on alternative days too.
The budget airlines are offering seats from less than £200 so I usually choose the best airport and flight times before anything else.
Average flight times between Madeira and the UK is from three and half to four hours.
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EasyJet have been flying from the UK to Funchal since October 2007. Their routes include Gatwick London and Bristol. www.easyjet.com
TAP is the national airline of Portugal and, for most of the year, offer daily flights to Madeira from Gatwick. When not available, you can fly to Lisbon and then connect to Madeira. www.flytap.com
Direct Monday flights from Manchester during peak seasons www.thomascook.com
Tui, direct flights from Manchester during peak seasons www.tui.co.uk
Jet2 have some flight out of Manchester and Leeds at pretty good rates. www.jet2.com
BA have some seriously competitive rates for direct flights out of Gatwick. www.britishairways.com