Rise in passengers at Ronaldsway

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NOVEMBER 2012 saw a 7 per cent rise in passenger numbers at the island’s loss-making airport.

The figure comes after seven months in a row of decline.

Traffic through the airport increased by 3,900 passengers over the November 2011 figure.

More than 59,500 passengers passed through the Ronaldsway terminal, the highest November figure for five years.

All three North West routes from the island saw increases, with Liverpool surging by 15 per cent.

London traffic increased by over 20 per cent.

Leeds, Luton and Jersey routes all had declines with Leeds and Luton 25 per cent and 30 per cent down respectively. Oxford was 40 per cent below the forecast level. Jersey was only slightly below November 2011, but has seen a constant decline since 2008. Birmingham also fell by 13 per cent and Belfast by 10 per cent.

However, both of the Loganair Scottish routes have got busier, with Glasgow leading the way with a 19 per cent increase.

Manx2.com’s Gloucester service was up by 11 per cent while their Blackpool route saw a small increase, and at the same time Flybe recorded a similar percentage rise in their Manchester passengers and similarly Aer Lingus with Dublin.

More on this story in Thursday’s Manx Independent.

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