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Isle Of Man Air Cargo Link Returns 25 September 2008

After an absence of more than two years, the Isle of Man will again have a scheduled daily cargo link with Liverpool. Janes Aviation has announced today that it will commence the morning arrival and evening departing flights to Liverpool from next Monday, 29th September.

The new Janes service will overcome a major problem that the Island has struggled with for two years – the ability to be able to offer an overnight service for cargo to and from the Island.

Flights will be able to deliver cargo to the Island first thing every weekday morning, departing from Liverpool at 07.00 and arriving at Isle of Man Airport at 07.35, so that Island companies can benefit from deliveries to their door at the start of the business day. The evening flight to Liverpool will consolidate consignments at the end of the day to depart from the Island at 18.20, arriving at Liverpool at 18.55.

Janes Aviation will use a British Aerospace BAe748 aircraft for the schedule, capable of carrying up to 6.25 tonnes of cargo and with a substantial volume available of 55 cubic metres. Freight operators and the Island’s commercial community have welcomed the return of the route, last operated in April 2006. For the Airport, this will mean the reversal of falling air cargo tonnage passing through the Airport, which collapsed from some 2,300 tonnes in 2005, to just 550 tonnes in 2007.

Ann Reynolds, Airport Director for the Isle of Man Airport, welcomed the return of the scheduled cargo link.

She said: “The figures speak for themselves, with air cargo falling by over 75% when the previous service ceased operation, so I am sure that the overnight service will rapidly regenerate the volume of air cargo passing through the Airport. I am delighted that Janes Aviation has decided to restore this valuable route and I understand that it has already had a very positive response from the Island’s freight industry.”

Janes Aviation is based at Southend Airport and has a fleet of two BAe748s - a well proven, reliable twin turboprop aircraft. The aircraft for the Isle of Man to Liverpool route will be based at Liverpool but will remain at the Isle of Man during each weekday.

Andy Janes, Managing Director and founder of the airline, is confident that the route will develop steadily over the coming months.

“We know that the demand for an overnight cargo operation from the Isle of Man is as strong as ever and we will be offering a simple, cost effective solution,” he said.

“In the past, the service supported two flights daily, so we are confident that the capacity on our single daily service will soon be taken up. After all, with the availability once again of an overnight product, businesses and residents on the Island will quickly choose this option and I anticipate that additional flights may be needed in the future.”

Minister for Transport, David Anderson MHK, said: “It was a major blow for the commercial sector, and the Airport, when the previous air cargo link was lost two years ago, so it is great to see the link re-established. It’s important, however, that the commercial sector makes good use of the new service to ensure its continuing viability.”

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