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Passenger Figures

Isle of Man Airport Monthly Air Traffic Summary - December and Year End 2017

2017 set a record for the numbers of passengers using the Isle of Man Airport – but only just.  The previous record, set in 2005, was beaten by just 772 passengers or less than 0.1%. This best ever result, which was also an increase of just under 0.5% over last year, was achieved despite a sharp dip in traffic in December of 4.2%.


  • 64,517 passengers passed through IOM Airport in December 2017, a fall of 2,832 passengers over December 2016 - a 4.2% decrease. This was the largest monthly decrease of 2017
  • December 2016 was a December record, so a reduction in December 2017 was not unexpected

North West market

  • North West air services continued to do very well, up by 2.3% to over 34,500 passengers
  • Over 21,400 passengers flew between IOM and Liverpool, over 1,000 more than in 2016
  • Manchester was also strong with an increase of 800 passengers

London market

  • The London market was 400 passengers down, a 2% fall, the first SE decrease for 9 months
  • EasyJet carried 2.4% fewer passengers on their Gatwick route, the first decrease this year
  • London City carried about the same numbers as last December

Other Markets

  • Flybe’s Birmingham route was up by 5% and their Geneva carried just 3 more passengers
  • EasyJet’s Bristol route carried 1,725 passengers, down by 5%
  • Eastern’s Belfast route saw only one third of the passengers carried by Citywing, whilst their Glasgow route was down by more than 55%.  Loganair flew 418 passengers on IOM/Edinburgh

2017 Annual Airport Statistics

Overall result for year end 2017

  • 807,428 passengers passed through IOM in 2017, 3,603 or 0.45% more than 2016
  • This is the highest annual total ever achieved by IOM Airport, topping the previous record set in 2005 by just 0.1%, or 772 passengers
  • This record level has been achieved due to the continued solid performance of the major markets, particularly the North West and London, but also Birmingham and Dublin
  • The smaller regional routes generally suffered badly in 2017 due to the closure of Citywing
  • 2017 saw the termination of Gloucester, Blackpool and Newcastle, but the restarting of Luton with easyJet, and Edinburgh with Loganair. Eastern Airways also returned to the Island

North West market

  • The North West routes generated a record 397,300 passengers, 2.7%, up on 2016
  • The Manchester route was up by 4.4% whilst Liverpool had an excellent year, increasing by 16,600 passengers with Flybe doing particularly well but easyJet figures also up
  • This was despite the loss of over 13,000 passengers carried on the Blackpool route in 2016

London market

  • The London market was up by 10,200 passengers - 4.25% - reaching over 250,000 passengers
  • Much of the increase was due to the start of the summer Luton route by easyJet which generated nearly 17,000 passengers
  • Gatwick was 9.15% up with easyJet generating 171,400 passengers on the route
  • The London City route fell to 62,000 passengers, a 16.4% decrease with decreased frequency

Other Markets

  • The Aer Lingus Dublin service had another fine year, increasing by 7.64% to over 45,000 passengers, setting a new annual record for the route
  • EasyJet’s Bristol route increased by almost 9%, again, the highest ever achieved for the route
  • Flybe carried 15% more passengers on the Birmingham service and Geneva was up by 3.3%
  • Citywing ceased flying in February, carrying 9,200 passengers compared with 65,600 in 2016
  • Eastern took over the Belfast, Glasgow and Newcastle routes, but only carried a small proportion of the previous traffic, totalling just 15,000 passengers for all three routes
  • Loganair commenced its Edinburgh route in May and carried over 3,500 passengers
  • Charter passengers fell markedly by 19.4%, with private and business passengers also falling
  • Total aircraft movements fell by 18% to 23,252 with scheduled movements down by 22.7%
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