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Passenger Figures

Isle of Man Airport Monthly Air Traffic Summary

November 2016

After a marginal increase in October, the Isle of Man Airport recorded a slight decrease of about 800 passengers, or 1.25% in November.  This is in line with the forecast of a month-on-month slight decrease over the winter period, primarily due to the withdrawal of the Stansted route and the reduction in frequency for the easyJet Bristol service.  In summary:

  • 63,132 passengers used IOM Airport in November 2016, a decrease of 797 or 1.25% over November 2015. 
  • The South West saw a passenger fall, but again, the London Market was down significantly
  • The North West was up, with all three routes showing increases
  • Traffic to the Midlands, Scotland and the Irish Republic saw increases, but Northern Ireland was slightly down and the North east had a 27% reduction in passengers
  • The rolling 12 months (December 2015 to November 2016) was 800,384, increasing by 1.43%.
  • Aircraft movements were almost 15% up, but this was due to a very low level of private flying in November 2015.  There were about 100 fewer scheduled service flights in November 2016.

North West market

  • The North West routes overall increased in November by 709 passengers or 2.2%.
  • All three routes looked positive with the Liverpool route up by 1.65%, Manchester by 2.12% and Blackpool by almost 15%.  On Liverpool, Flybe, with their extra frequency, saw a 6.7% increase.


London market

  • The ceasing of the Stansted route, which generated 3,348 passengers in November 2015, again caused a fall in London passengers of 1,718 or 8.6%.
  • The London City and Gatwick routes picked up almost half the lost traffic, with, between them, a 1,630 passenger increase.  EasyJet’s London Gatwick route was 4% up with 12,013 passengers.
  • The BA London City route again achieved an impressive increase of 23%.

Other Markets

  • Aer Lingus’s Dublin route increased by a solid 11.6%, and Flybe’s Birmingham was up by 5.7%.
  • EasyJet’s Bristol route was down by almost 30% with the halving of their frequency over last year, whilst Citywing’s Gloucester service was up by a strong 16.4%.
  • Citywing’s Glasgow route saw an increase, but Belfast and Newcastle were down.
  • Charter passengers were up emphatically again, by 56%, helping to grow non-scheduled traffic.
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