Isle of Man Airport Monthly Air Traffic Summary
After a marginal increase in October, the Isle of Man Airport recorded a slight decrease of about 800 passengers, or 1.25% in November. This is in line with the forecast of a month-on-month slight decrease over the winter period, primarily due to the withdrawal of the Stansted route and the reduction in frequency for the easyJet Bristol service. In summary:
- 63,132 passengers used IOM Airport in November 2016, a decrease of 797 or 1.25% over November 2015.
- The South West saw a passenger fall, but again, the London Market was down significantly
- The North West was up, with all three routes showing increases
- Traffic to the Midlands, Scotland and the Irish Republic saw increases, but Northern Ireland was slightly down and the North east had a 27% reduction in passengers
- The rolling 12 months (December 2015 to November 2016) was 800,384, increasing by 1.43%.
- Aircraft movements were almost 15% up, but this was due to a very low level of private flying in November 2015. There were about 100 fewer scheduled service flights in November 2016.
North West market
- The North West routes overall increased in November by 709 passengers or 2.2%.
- All three routes looked positive with the Liverpool route up by 1.65%, Manchester by 2.12% and Blackpool by almost 15%. On Liverpool, Flybe, with their extra frequency, saw a 6.7% increase.
- The ceasing of the Stansted route, which generated 3,348 passengers in November 2015, again caused a fall in London passengers of 1,718 or 8.6%.
- The London City and Gatwick routes picked up almost half the lost traffic, with, between them, a 1,630 passenger increase. EasyJet’s London Gatwick route was 4% up with 12,013 passengers.
- The BA London City route again achieved an impressive increase of 23%.
- Aer Lingus’s Dublin route increased by a solid 11.6%, and Flybe’s Birmingham was up by 5.7%.
- EasyJet’s Bristol route was down by almost 30% with the halving of their frequency over last year, whilst Citywing’s Gloucester service was up by a strong 16.4%.
- Citywing’s Glasgow route saw an increase, but Belfast and Newcastle were down.
- Charter passengers were up emphatically again, by 56%, helping to grow non-scheduled traffic.