Isle of Man Airport Monthly Air Traffic Summary
Passenger traffic using the Isle of Man Airport fell slightly in August 2017, by just 0.4% over August 2016. In broad terms, the decrease was tiny, given the ceasing earlier this year of Citywing, responsible for over 6,400 passengers in August 2016.
- 72,016 passengers passed through IOM Airport in August 2017, a decrease of just 284 passengers or 0.39%.
- The moving annual total still shows a small increase of 0.8%.
- Aircraft movements reduced by almost 16%, with scheduled services down 24%, but overall load factors generally remained very high.
North West market
- NW traffic was within 15 passengers of being the same as in August 2016, with Manchester, only slightly up on 2016. Blackpool which generated over 1,500 passengers, ceased in March.
- Therefore, it was down to Liverpool once again to post a solid increase of over 1,600 passengers or 8.9% with both Flybe and easyJet seeing equivalent increases.
- London traffic again was up once again, by 7.1% helped by the new easyJet Luton service which generated 2,057 passengers, despite operating just twice weekly.
- EasyJet’s Gatwick route generated 12,900 passengers, a 13% increase, but the 94% load factor reflected the need for increased summer capacity on the route.
- As a result of a reduction of frequency and capacity, the BA London City was down by over 26%, but still carried 6,062 passengers with flights approaching three quarters full.
- Flybe’s Birmingham route was up by 21.4% with 4,700 passengers carried.
- The Aer Lingus/Stobart Air Dublin service benefitted from the significant reduction of capacity in flights between the Isle of Man and Belfast with a 6.8% increase and 4,200 passengers.
- Eastern generated a 55% increase on the Newcastle route, but Belfast continued a vastly reduced frequency and declined again by almost 60%. Glasgow was down by 34%.
- EasyJet’s Bristol route, carried 2,338 passengers – virtually the same as last year.
- Loganair’s new route to Edinburgh carried 570 passengers.