Madagascar Flights GuideFamous for being one of the largest islands in the world, Madagascar is located off the Eastern Coast of the African continent, in the Indian Ocean. Though it's modernly famous for being the subject of an animated film about safari animals, Madagascar is also home to over one and a half million people, historical landmarks dating from before the 19th century, and growing cities to accommodate a growing urban population.
Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar, and has been the largest metropolitan area as well as the de facto capital city since the 18th century. The city has a great interest in arts and music, and the dry season boasts a series of annual outdoor concert series. The second largest city is Antsirabe, with a population of 240,000. It achieved fame for its copious amount of rickshaws and its industry.
The country's only major international airport is Ivato International Airport, located slightly outside the Antananarivo, which services most all of the country. Ivato has service on mainly African airlines, though Air France and Turkish Air also make stops at Ivato. The influence of strong trade winds and monsoons coming from the Northwest give Madagascar its notoriously hot rainy season from November to April. Cyclones are also common during this time of year, which can sometimes cause major structural damage. The dry season lasts from May to October.