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:
- 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 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%.
- 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.