Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man airport passenger figures continue decline

Ronaldsway Airport
Image caption The Manx government said it could be a "tough winter" for island airlines

The number of passengers using the Isle of Man's airport has fallen for the seventh consecutive month, according to official figures.

October statistics show a 2% drop in business compared to last year, from 63,100 passengers to 61,800.

During the month the North West market saw a decline of 2,600 passengers,

Airport director Ann Reynolds said the "sudden dip" in business was concerning, because it came after two-and-a-half-years of consistent growth.

Services to Belfast, Edinburgh, Jersey and Newcastle all saw a "double digit percentage decline", said an airport spokesman.

Fog cancellations

In contrast, the number of people travelling between the island and London during October increased by 22% (3,750), the Dublin service by 4.2% and Glasgow by 5.6%.

Airport director Anne Reynolds said flight cancellations due to fog resulted in the loss of between 500 and 800 passengers.

She added: "In October, even taking into account the reduction in numbers due to the weather, we were about 2.6% short of expectation.

"This really reflects the massive impact that the UK economy is having upon domestic air services."

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