31 January 2008
Airport on stilts
Brian Micklethwait

Weirdness blogger deputy dog doesn’t do capital letters, but on the plus side collects strange structures and circumstances.  His latest weirdness is Funchal Airport, in Madeira, which is mostly not on the ground, but up in the air on pillars.  Lots of pillars.  It was on the ground, but was too short for comfort, and this was how they made it longer, apparently.  Underneath, there’s a big car park, which makes sense.

DD has photos of this, but the best photo of it that I found was this, on Flickr:

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Whenever you find an interesting object, it’s worth looking for it on Flickr, I find.

This elaborate contraption - which looks rather like an aircraft carrier, I think – illustrates what an economic impact aviation can have on a region.  This is the trouble they are prepared to go to just to have airplanes serving them satisfactorily.  See also: Heathrow.

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  1. This is amazing!  It really is worth clicking the “Funchal Aiport” link—you don’t really get a sense of scale until you see the 3rd picture on that page with all the cars parked underneath.  I wonder if this runway is modelled in Microsoft Flight Simulator.  (Yes it is.)

    Posted by Rob Fisher on  31 January 2008 at 09:51 pm

  2. Planes descend quickly here, which gives me painful sinuses.  Madeira is wonderful enough that I expect to pay that price again some time.

    Posted by dearieme on  05 February 2008 at 03:18 am

  3. Looks like Soryu or Kaga (the two with the islands to starboard.)

    Posted by Stephen Karlson on  20 February 2008 at 09:16 am

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