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A Promising Start to 2008 For Isle Of Man Airport 15 February 2008

The number of air passengers using the Isle of Man Airport has shown marginal growth for the start of 2008 despite the air travel industry as a whole having a tough start to the year. Whilst some routes to the Island have not escaped the winter cutbacks that many UK airports have experienced, the total number of passengers passing through the Isle of Man Airport in January was the highest on record, the 53,137 being slightly above the January 2007 level.
Again, the Manchester route continued to show strong growth with 1,400 additional passengers – a 14% increase, with the major increase of 40% from Euromanx. However Isle of Man to Liverpool experienced a 1,900 passenger decrease. The overall trend for the all-important North West market is that of an improving situation with a relatively small downturn of just 2.3%, significantly better than the 10% decrease recorded in 2007. The London market saw a small overall increase, principally from the re-introduction of the Luton route.
“January traffic, despite a tough market for the airlines has exceeded our expectations and to record a slight increase over 2007 is very encouraging,” said Ann Reynolds, Isle of Man Airport Director. “Airlines have been forced to withdraw some services over this difficult late winter period and we expected to see a resultant decrease in passenger numbers. All of our airlines are working hard to fill empty seats with substantial reductions in fares and, in terms of passenger volume, this has paid off.”
Once again, many of the smaller regional UK routes have shown promise. The Leeds route and Belfast City were both 15% up and the Manx2 Gloucester route carried nearly 1,100 passengers. Loganair’s Scottish route to both Edinburgh and Glasgow recorded healthy increases and traffic on the Blue Islands route between the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands almost doubled.
“Again, it is reassuring to see these regional routes doing so well,” added Ann. “We are about to launch a new route with Manx2 to East Midlands with a daily frequency and I am sure that, given the performance of routes like Gloucester, Leeds and the Scottish destinations, East Midlands will also be popular.”
The routes between the Isle of Man and both Manchester and Liverpool have been given a further boost with the announcement this week that Flybe will add an additional daily flight to both destinations from April. This is an addition to the three new daily flights to Liverpool announced by the airline earlier and brings the total number of timetabled services to Manchester and Liverpool with both Flybe and Euromanx to 18 in each direction.
“With not only the new East Midlands route, but increases in the number of flights to Luton, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool this summer, I am now confident that 2008, which has started so well, will continue to be a significant improvement on 2007,” concluded Ann.
(Please see Monthly Air Traffic Summery for January 2008 attached)
ENDS For further information: Ann Reynolds, Airport Director Tel: 821601

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