After a record-breaking year in 2018, 2019 has begun in the same light, with a record-breaking January, when over 57,000 passengers used the airport. In summary:
- 57,375 passengers passed through IOM Airport in January 2019, an increase of 2,319 passengers or 4.21%. Whilst a small increase had been predicted, this was about 3.2% ahead of the forecast traffic level for January.
- The increase was almost entirely due to the performance of traffic between the Island and North West England, and, in particular, to and from Liverpool.
- The rolling twelve months figure rose to 849,251 up year-on-year by over 41,700 or 5.17%.
- Aircraft movements increased by 4.08%, but scheduled service movements were slightly down - by 4.45%. A 70% surge in private/club flying accounted for most of the increase.
North West market
- The North West market recorded an increase of over 8% to 32,086. To illustrate the growth in NW traffic in recent years, this figure is higher than achieved in any of the peak months in 2012.
- Both airlines contributed to a good Liverpool route performance – up by 12.7% with Flybe increasing by over 7% and easyJet by almost 20% on the route.
- Flybe’s Manchester route also saw an increase of almost 2%.
- London traffic was down - by just 1.83%. Gatwick saw an decrease of 295 passengers or 2.5% with a decreased frequency, and BA’s London City was up by a magnificent 2 passengers!
- Flybe’s Birmingham service, decreased by 5.4% in January with fewer flights, and the Aer Lingus/Stobart Air Dublin service was also down by almost 10%.
- The easyJet Belfast International route carried 1,261 passengers, whilst their Bristol route carried 16.2% more passengers than in January 2018.
- Loganair’s twice-weekly route to Edinburgh carried 321 passengers – a 29% increase.
- Charter traffic was down by 53%, and private/club traffic generated an increase of 43%.