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Isle of Man Airport November 2007 Air Passenger Figures 13 December 2007

The Isle of Man Airport has reported its passenger figures for November 2007. Routes to the North West have experienced better results with both Flybe and EuroManx showing increases over last year on the key Manchester route. Manchester traffic was up by over 8%, and, although total North West traffic remained slightly lower than last year, these November results show a much improved situation over recent months.

“This recovery, at the start of the winter season, is very encouraging,” said Isle of Man Airport Director, Ann Reynolds, who has been concerned in recent months about the decreases in traffic that the airport has experienced on the major routes to the North West and London. “There is an indication with these November figures that both of these markets are beginning to show a reversal of the downward trend. There are outstanding fares now available from all three airlines serving the three North West England destinations, and we very much hope that the airlines’ initiatives to offer such good value will translate into increased volume.”

The introduction of the Luton service in late October has also boosted the London bound traffic. In its first month of operation, Flybe’s Luton route, operating just four days a week over the winter, carried over 1,600 passengers and passengers on their service to Gatwick increased by 3.7%. At the same time, the London City route operated by EuroManx and VLM carried almost as many passengers as in November 2006. “The performance of not only Luton, but all of our London routes is again promising,” said Ann. “Flybe have been particularly pleased with the initial bookings to and from Luton – so much so that they are increasing the frequency of the route to twice daily from March 2008, much sooner than we had expected. They will also be adding Liverpool to their Isle of Man network at the same time. This demonstrates that our airlines have confidence in the future of both of these major markets.”

Manx2 also had a strong month overall, increasing their traffic by 65% over November 2006. Again, the new Gloucester route performed well, as did their Leeds service which increased by 19%. Loganair’s Glasgow and Edinburgh services also showed increases, with over 160 more passengers flying on the Scottish routes during the month. Aer Arann’s route to Dublin increased by almost 8% and EuroManx and Manx2 carried over 20% more passengers to Belfast City. Finally, Eastern Airways saw an improvement in their Newcastle service of 13%. “We anticipated a boost in airport passengers from spring next year,” added Ann “and with the route developments already planned for 2008, I am optimistic that next year should present a real improvement over 2007.”

(Please see Monthly Air Traffic Summery for November 2007 attached below to this Press Release

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