Madeira Funchal Airport as Airport and Santa Catarina Airport, is an international airport located near Funchal, Madeira. The airport controls national and international air traffic from the island of Madeira. The airport was once infamous for its short takeoff and landing strip, which is surrounded by high mountains and the sea, it has had a tricky landing for even the most pilots. The initial take-off and landing runway was only 1,400 feet long, but was extended by 400 meters after the TAP Air Portugal Flight 425 incident of 1977 and later in 2003, rebuilt, almost doubling the size of the take-off and landing strip, building it on the ocean. Instead of landfills was the extension to a series of 180 columns built, each about 70m high. For the extension of the start and runway of the airport of Funchal, the outstanding buildings Award of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) have given. The Outstanding Structures Award is considered to be the "Oscar " for engineering structures in Portugal.