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 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%.
- 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.