Ryanair is believed to be planning to announce new flights from the UK and/or Ireland to Madeira imminently.
The budget airline is understood to have applied for slots to operate to the Portuguese island from three UK and Irish airports.
And yesterday, the flight tracking website Flightradar24 showed a Ryanair Max heading from Dublin to Funchal, the capital city of Madeira.
Currently, there are several operators flying non-stop from the UK to Funchal including British Airways from London Heathrow, easyJet from London Gatwick, Jet2, Wizz from London Luton and also TUI and Jet2 have charter flights from UK regional airports.
Madeira has been growing in popularity this year as it was one of the few destinations on the UK’s original green travel list.
On Twitter, commentator SPD Travels said a Ryanair plane had been spotted heading to Funchal on Flightradar 24, even though the destination is currently not served by the airline. It also said that Ryanair has applied for slots to operate to Madeira from ‘at least’ three airports in the UK and Ireland.
Travel Gossip has asked Ryanair to confirm if and when it is planning to launch a service on the route, which takes around three hours and 45 minutes, so well within Ryanair’s range.