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Passenger Figures

Although not at spectacular as the 11% increase in August, the encouraging trend for the Isle of Man Airport continued in September with an increase of almost 5%, with over 71,500 passengers passing through the airport. In summary:

Isle of Man Airport Monthly Air Traffic Summary - October 2018


  • 71,530 passengers passed through IOM Airport in September 2018, an increase of 3,387. passengers or 4.97%. This was about 1% ahead of the forecast traffic level for the month.
  • This brings the increase so far this year to over 27,500 passengers or 4.51%, and the rolling twelve months figure rose to 834,949, up year-on-year by over 26,600 or 3.17%.
  • Aircraft movements decreased by 1.71%, but scheduled service movements were only down 0.7% or just 8 fewer movements.

North West market

  • The North West market again increased, by just under 3,000 passengers or 9.3%.
  • The Liverpool performed well, up by 18%, with both easyJet and Flybe showing increases.   Flybe saw a 6.9% increase, whilst easyJet’s was up by 35% with extra capacity provided.
  • Flybe’s Manchester, saw a slight decline – of about 1%.

London market

  • London traffic was also well up - by over 1,000 passengers or 4.5%.  Gatwick saw an increase of 3.4% and London City was up by 1%.  However it was the easyJet Luton route which provided the highest contribution to the overall increase – up by nearly 17%.

Other Markets

  • Flybe’s Birmingham service, having fewer flights than in 2017, was 8.8% down.
  • The Aer Lingus/Stobart Air Dublin service suffered a decrease of over 500 passengers, or 13%.
  • The new easyJet Belfast International route carried 1672 passengers, whilst their Bristol route carried 325 fewer passengers than in September 2017 – 8.8% down.
  • Loganair’s three times-weekly route to Edinburgh carried 606 passengers – a 61% increase.
  • Charter traffic was down by 19%, but other general aviation figures showed increases, especially private and club flying.
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