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Passenger Figures

The first quarter of 2019 has been a very promising one for the Isle of Man Airport with a 6% rise in passengers compared with Q1 2018. March was the best of the three months, with an increase approaching 9% and was the best March ever. In summary:


  • 71,361 passengers passed through IOM Airport in March 2019, an increase of 5,764 passengers or 8.79%. This again is about a 3.2% improvement upon the performance for the month we forecast a year ago.
  • Good performances for the Liverpool, Gatwick and Bristol routes were the main contributors to the good result, but a solid Belfast International route and stronger charter traffic also helped.
  • The rolling twelve months figure rose to 858,054 up year-on-year by over 51,600 or 6.4%, a record financial year (April-March) result for airport passenger numbers.
  • Aircraft movements were down by 15%, due to a halving in private and club flying due to poor weather. Scheduled service movements were, again, slightly down - by 1.47%.

North West market

  • The North West market recorded an increase of over 8% to 34,777.
  • Both airlines contributed to a strong 13% increase in Liverpool traffic, with easyJet up by 24% on the route and Flybe increasing by 2%.
  • Flybe's Manchester route recorded about the same passenger numbers as in March 2018.

London market

  • London traffic was up by 3.8% to almost 20,000 passengers, due to a strong performance of the Gatwick route which saw an increase of 1,160 passengers or 8%.
  • BA's London City route also increased - by 1.58%.

Other Markets

  • Flybe's Birmingham service increased by 1.5% in March, whilst their Geneva route was down.
  • The Aer Lingus/Stobart Air Dublin service was slightly down, by 1.4%.
  • The easyJet Belfast International route carried 1,741 passengers, whilst their Bristol route carried 2,188 passengers, a huge 43% more than March 2018. Their Luton route was reintroduced at the end of March.
  • Loganair's Edinburgh route carried 379 passengers, an increase of 26%.
  • Non-scheduled passenger traffic was up in March due to a 574% increase in charter passengers.

Isle of Man Airport Monthly Air Traffic Summary - March 2019

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