Following a slight increase in Isle of Man Airport passengers in January 2018, February recorded a decrease approaching 2%, with over 1,100 fewer passengers passing through. Weather disruption played a part in the decrease. In summary:
- 58,910 passengers passed through IOM Airport in February 2018, a decrease of 1,133 passengers or 1.89%. This was nevertheless a slightly better result than forecast.
- Aircraft movements reduced by 6.4%, with scheduled service movements down 23.3%.
North West market
- The NW market saw an uncharacteristic decrease of about 1%, having been 4% up in January.
- Liverpool was about the same as February 2017 whilst Manchester was up by 5%. The cause of the decrease was the loss of the 869 passengers on the former Citywing Blackpool route.
- Flybe’s Manchester service carried over 12,000 passengers – 546 more than in February 2017.
- The Liverpool route carried 18,685 passengers, just 20 more than 2017, with Flybe up by about 200, and easyJet down by 180.
- London traffic was up in February – by 2.8%, or almost 500 passengers, with Gatwick increasing by 539 and London City marginally down by just 58 passengers.
- The 4.25% increase in easyJet’s Gatwick route produced over 13,200 passengers.
- Flybe’s Birmingham service was just 5 passengers up in February 2018 at 3,034 passengers.
- The Aer Lingus/Stobart Air Dublin service saw a huge increase, of 28% with 3,243 passengers using the route, over 700 more than in February 2017.
- Eastern again generated a little over one third of the traffic flown by Citywing on the Belfast City route in February 2017, with 664 passengers compared with Citywing’s 1,806.
- Their twice weekly Glasgow route generated 200 passengers, over 65% down.
- EasyJet’s Bristol route had a great month with 1,900 passengers generating an increase of 16%.
- Loganair’s twice-weekly route to Edinburgh carried a solid 339 passengers.
- The seasonal Flybe weekly Geneva ski service was again up by 6.4% to 518 passengers.
- Charter traffic was down by 76% with only 119 passengers passing through the airport.