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Douglas Harbour - March 206 Traffic Figures 25 May 2006

Passenger figures compiled by the Harbours Division for March 2006 at 24,633 show a 34.8% decrease on the figure for the same period in 2005 which was 37,763.

The year to date figure of 64,032 passengers shows a 15.1% decrease over the same period in 2005, which was 75,461.

During March car traffic through Douglas Harbour decreased by 25.8% from 10,240 vehicles to 7,601 vehicles.

The year to date figure at 20,749 vehicles shows a 9% decrease over the same period in 2005 which was 22,806.

Scheduled Routes show the following changes in passenger numbers for March:-

Route ChangeFromTo
HeyshamMinus 20%16,47313,255
LiverpoolMinus 40%17,41810,501
DublinAll Minus780nil
BelfastAll Minus1,153nil

Director of Harbours, Captain Michael Brew comments:

“The fall in passenger numbers is primarily a result of a later Easter this year. The figures are also influenced to an extent as a result of the Ben-my-Chree being overhauled with a reduction in choice and capacity on routes, during the overhaul.”

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