Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man airport passenger figures up by 6% for March

Isle of Man airport
Image caption Almost 160,000 passengers have travelled through the airport this year

The number of passengers flying to and from the Isle of Man airport increased by 6% in March, compared to the same month in 2012.

According to the latest airport figures last month's increase in passengers meant 158,000 people had passed through Ronaldsway in 2013.

The figure shows an increase of almost 3,000 on the previous year.

Airport Director Ann Reynolds said she was pleased to note the overall increase, particularly March's figures.

She said: "The improved performance has been focused almost completely on the principle markets of the north west of England and London".

The figures show that traffic to the north west of England was up by 4,000 passengers (5.4%) on 2012.

London routes have also seen a significant rise, with more than 8,000 additional passengers using services in the first quarter of 2013.

The figures show that whilst the passengers travelling between the Isle of Man and the north west of England, London and Geneva had risen, all other Isle of Man routes to England had fallen.

The largest decrease is the Isle of Man to the south and south west, with traffic falling by 3,600 (54%).

This is largely to do with the suspension of the Bristol service for the winter, and Southampton over the last year.

Both routes are due to be reinstated in May.

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