Madeira Airport was officially opened in July 1964 with 1,600 meters (5,200 feet) long main runway. Because the popularity of visiting the island of Madeira increased, the runway was extended many times to allow larger aircraft to land. Also, TAP Air Portugal Flight 325 crash in 1977 was one reason to build more extension again. In 2000, the runway extension plan required to build the runway over the ocean, supported by 180 columns, each about 70 meters (230 feet) tall. Nowadays the runway is 2,781 meters (9,123 feet) long. Madeira has had rare stops by TAP Air Portugal Airbus A330-200 widebody aircraft flying between the Lisbon and Caracas route.
Only certified pilots can fly to Madeira Airport due to its challenging visual approach for runway 05. Because of the 150 degrees right-hand turn on the visual approach from right downwind to the final leg for runway 05, the airport has a nickname of “Kai Tak Airport of Europe”. In 2016, the Madeira Airport was renamed to Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport in honor of Madeira native football player Christiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport, ICAO: LPMA, commonly known as Madeira Airport is available highly-detailed in the next generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard, Deluxe, and Premium Deluxe Editions.