Slump in air traffic between Gatwick and Isle of Man

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The number of passengers using Isle of Man Airport fell in July for a second month in a row.

Services to London slumped by a massive 28.6 per cent, a drop of almost 4,300 passengers.

This reduction was almost entirely from the Gatwick route following the withdrawal of Flybe and cuts in frequency by easyJet throughout the peak holiday season, in addition to the withdrawal of the Luton route.

A total of 63,827 passengers passed through Ronaldsway in July, 4,098 fewer than in the same month last year, resulting in a 6.03 per cent decrease in traffic.

This is the second successive month where there has been a reduction following 15 months of successive increases.

From mid July to mid September, easyJet has withdrawn morning flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Gatwick and there have been no Saturday services at all.

The Liverpool route fell sharply by 1,900 passengers or 11.5 per cent as capacity was reduced by both Flybe and easyJet.

There was some good news with BA CityFlyer’s London City service carrying more than 6,800 passengers, an increase of over 30 per cent and the

airline achieving an 81 per cent load factor on the route.

Flybe’s Manchester route was up by over 20 per cent, an increase of over 2,500 passengers. North West traffic grew marginally by just 325 passengers, or 1 per cent.

Latest figures for harbour traffic show a 2 per cent increase in traffic in June. The number of passengers using the Steam Packet’s Heysham route increased on last year but the numbers using the Liverpool route fell.

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