The positive trend for the growth of IOM passenger traffic continued in April with an increase of 7.19% This means that the first four months of 2019 has seen a 6.33% increase in airport passengers over the same period in 2018. In summary:
- 70,815 passengers used IOM Airport in April 2019, an increase of 4,750 passengers or 7.19%.
- Good performances for the Liverpool, Manchester, Luton and Belfast International routes, together with the introduction of the new Heathrow service, fuelled the good result.
- The rolling twelve months figure rose to 862,800, up year-on-year by over 54,300 or 6.7%. If this figure is maintained for 2019, the year-end figure will exceed 900,000 passengers.
- Aircraft movements were down by 7.3%, due to a sharp reduction in private/club flying. Scheduled service movements were also down - by 1.47% - signifying again a growth in passengers per aircraft movement - now up to 64 passengers per movement.
North West market
- The North West market recorded an increase of over 7% to 34,365.
- The Liverpool route again performed well with a solid 6.2% increase. EasyJet had a strong month on the route with a 13.5% increase, but Flybe were slightly down at nearly 1%.
- Flybe’s Manchester route also had a great month with an increase of over 1,000 passengers.
- London traffic was up by 3.9% to almost 23,500 passengers, due to a strong performance of the Luton route which saw an increase of 20%, and the introduction by Flybe of the summer only service to Heathrow
- BA’s London City and EasyJet’s Gatwick routes saw slight decreases.
- Flybe’s Birmingham service increased by 7.3% in April, and their Geneva route by almost 15%.
- The Aer Lingus/Stobart Air Dublin service was slightly down, by 2.3%.
- The easyJet Belfast International route carried 2,150 passengers, whilst their Bristol route carried almost 2,500 passengers, up 11.4%. Their Luton route saw a thumping 20% increase.
- Loganair’s Edinburgh route carried 610 passengers, an even more thumping increase of 70%.
- Non-scheduled passenger traffic was up in April, due to good performances from all categories.