AFAVIAS started up its activity back in 1980 in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, its preferred market. It started off by acting in the Civil Construction sector (private works), having later expanded its activity into the area of Public Works,
It acquired new, state-of-the-art equipment which afforded it autonomy both in terms of production and transport and it ended up focusing its activity on large-scale Public Works, taking part in the construction of expressways in Madeira which constitute the fundamental core for the accessibilities and road system in the Region.
In 2006 the company revamped its strategy and decided to explore new opportunities with a commitment to internationalisation. At present, besides the market in Madeira and Mainland Portugal, where it acts directly, AFAVIAS has developed its activity on the African continent, namely in Mauritania, Senegal and Angola