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July 2007 Air Passenger Figures 8 August 2007


Airport Director, Ann Reynolds described as “disappointing” a 5% fall in passenger numbers using Isle of Man Airport in July when compared with July 2006. 66,600 passengers passed through the airport, a fall of 4,000, mainly due to the London and North West England markets both showing a decline. However many of the Island’s regional routes again saw promising increases.

The sharp fall in the London traffic was again due to the absence of the Luton route which, in 2006, generated over 6,400 passengers. Some of the traffic transferred to the Gatwick route, which saw a 28% increase to 13,500 passengers, but it is estimated that nearly the entire 4,000 airport passenger shortfall could be attributed to the lack of the Luton link. This route will be back in operation by the end of October and it is expected that the London market will then begin to recover.

Of some concern to Ann Reynolds has been the recent performance of the primary North West routes to Liverpool and Manchester. “The reductions on these important routes will need to be looked at carefully,” she said. “The 2,600 passenger decrease on the Manchester route has been despite a 52% increase in Euromanx traffic following their improvement in frequency from three to four flights daily. Liverpool, however, is disappointing as we would hope to encourage around 14,500 passengers to use the route and this figure was down to about 11,200. Euromanx provides an outstanding service with five daily flights and we are working closely with the airline to find ways to increase numbers on this vital route”.

On a positive note, routes to Belfast, Blackpool, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds, Southampton and the Channel Islands all showed healthy increases. The newly launched Flybe Southampton route carried 2,300 passengers, the highest ever, with a 140% increase, and Belfast and Edinburgh were both up by 60%. The recent increase in frequency of the Blue Islands route to the Channel Islands boosted the route by almost 50% and the Manx2 routes to Leeds and Blackpool were also performing well. “We firmly believe that the people and businesses from the Island want to have available the best possible range of destinations”, commented Ann. “We have recently focused heavily on new route generation and the result has been three new routes to Luton, Gloucester (M5) and Geneva to be launched over the coming months. These are already proving very popular with strong bookings coming in for all three new services”.

(Please see Monthly Air Traffic Summery for July 2007 attached.

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