Island airport passenger figures 'decimated' in 2010

Ronaldsway Airport Airport passenger figures for 2010 were down nearly 75,000 on predicted levels

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The Icelandic volcano and severe weather have been blamed for Ronaldsway Airport's worst year in more than a decade.

Airport passengers in 2010 fell by nearly 40,000 to 683,000 despite predictions of a 35,000 increase.

Figures suggest passengers remained cautious in June and July following the volcanic ash disruption.

An airport spokesperson said unpredictable events had "decimated" original forecasts.

Airport Director, Ann Reynolds said: "The good news is there remains an underlying trend of improvement and we are still looking at a recovery during 2011."

In April, the eruption of the Icelandic volcano resulted in a 23.5% fall in Ronaldsway's monthly passengers.

Severe weather at the start of 2010 and snow in November and December also had an impact on airport traffic.

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