2018 started positively for the Isle of Man Airport with passenger traffic increasing in January 2018, by just 0.73% to over 55,000 passengers. Following a sharp downturn in December, this is a reassuring start to the new year. In summary:
- 55,056 passengers passed through IOM Airport in January 2018, an increase of 400 passengers or 0.73%. This was a 5% reversal of performance from a 4.2% reduction in December
- Aircraft movements reduced by 16.3%, with scheduled services down 22.6%
North West market
- The NW market put in another strong performance with traffic increasing by 4% or 1,136 passengers, with over 28,500 IOM passengers flying to and from the region
- Both Manchester and Liverpool increased, Manchester by 16% and Liverpool by 0.9%
- Flybe’s Manchester service carried almost 12,500 passengers – 16% up on January 2017
- The Liverpool route carried 17,229 passengers, a good performance for January, with Flybe up by 4.6%, whilst easyJet saw a decrease of 3.3%
- London traffic was also up in January – by 6.2%, or 938 passengers with Gatwick and London City both recording increases
- Gatwick was up by 6%, with over 11,600 passengers, whilst BA’s London City increased by 7%
- Flybe’s Birmingham service was 7.4% up in January, continuing a generally positive trend
- The Aer Lingus/Stobart Air Dublin service again saw an increase, this month by over 10%
- Eastern generated just over one third of the traffic flown by Citywing on the Belfast route in January 2017, with just over 600 passengers.
- Their twice weekly Glasgow route generated just 186 passengers, nearly 70% down
- EasyJet’s Bristol route carried just 20 passengers fewer than in January 2017
- Loganair’s twice-weekly route to Edinburgh carried 248 passengers.
- The seasonal Flybe weekly Geneva ski service was up by 6.4% to almost 500 passengers.
- Charter traffic was down by almost 30% with 227 passengers passing through the airport