Isle of Man Airport Monthly Air Traffic Summary
The ceasing of operations of Citywing on 10 March naturally impacted the March Isle of Man Airport passenger traffic, but the impact has not been quite as great as expected. In March, passenger traffic fell by around 3% to just under 66,000. In summary:
- 65,860 passengers passed through IOM Airport in March 2017, a reduction of 1,912 passengers over March 2016, decreasing by 2.82%.
- Aircraft movements were down by 20%, with scheduled services and private flying seeing the greatest reductions. There were increases in charter movements, but fewer passengers.
North West market
- Despite the ceasing of the Blackpool route, the North-West market again produced good results, with around 34,500 passengers using the services, 1,650 more than in March 2016, 4.8% up.
- Liverpool saw a 6.7% increase with both easyJet and Flybe having solid increases.
- Manchester also did well, up by over 9%, marking 11 months with continuous increased traffic.
- Blackpool ceased on 10 March and carried only 242 passengers in the first 10 days of March.
- The London market was again down, by 8.4% due to the withdrawal a year ago of the Stansted route, but this should improve with the introduction of easyJet's new Luton service.
- Gatwick generated around 1,767 additional passengers - a resounding 13.5% increase.
- The new easyJet Luton route carried over 300 passengers in its first few days of operation.
- Flybe's Birmingham route was up by over 9%, but their Geneva route was down by 19%.
- The Aer Lingus/Stobart Air Dublin service, benefitting from the withdrawal of the Citywing Belfast route, was up by 12%.
- Citywing's Newcastle route was taken over by Eastern and 109 passengers were generated in March. Gloucester, which ceased operations, carried 167 passengers in the last 10 days.
- EasyJet's Bristol route carried 1,967 passengers, with only half the frequency – just a 4% fall.