The recent buoyant performance of passenger traffic at the Isle of Man Airport, continued in July with an increase of over 4,500 passengers, or 6.5%. In summary:
- 80,044 passengers passed through IOM Airport in August 2018, an increase of 8,028. passengers or 11.15%, making 2018 the best August on record. This significantly exceeded the 3.57% increase forecast. The splendid summer weather clearly encouraged Island visitors.
- This brings the increase so far this year to over 24,000 passengers or 4.44%, and the rolling twelve months figure rose to 831,562, up year-on-year by almost 23,000 or 2.82%.
- Aircraft movements increased by 5.36%, but scheduled service movements were down 7% at 1,121. This means that the IOM scheduled services averaged over 71 passengers per flight
North West market
- The North West market was well up, by some 6,000 passengers or 17%.
- The increase was principally down to the excellent performance of the Liverpool route which was up by 25%. Flybe saw a 7.6% increase, whilst easyJet was an impressive 46.5% up.
- Flybe’s Manchester service carried 16,500 passengers, just over 900 more than in August 2017.
- London traffic was also well up - by almost 1,500 passengers or 7%. Gatwick saw an increase of 5.7% and London City was up by 1.9%. However it was the easyJet Luton route which saw the largest increase – of 30% - with flights 94% full.
- Flybe’s Birmingham service, having fewer flights, was 11.4% down but were 93% full.
- The Aer Lingus/Stobart Air Dublin service was down slightly by just 113 passengers.
- The new easyJet Belfast International route carries 2748 passengers.
- EasyJet’s Bristol route experienced an increase of 32% and a load factor of 93%.
- Loganair’s three times-weekly route to Edinburgh carried 719 passengers.
- Charter traffic was down by 21%, but other general aviation figures showed increases.