Fewer passengers travelled on flights to and from Isle of Man Airport in July, but the shortfall from previous months is closing.
The airport accommodated just over 63,500 passengers over the course of the month – 1,300 fewer than the figure recorded in July 2009.
Despite the decline, the shortfall is continuing to close, with the figure of 1,300 representing a two percent fall. In June, the deficit stood at 2.6 percent, while April and May’s were into double figures.
Ann Reynolds, Isle of Man Airport’s director, said the recession, a harsh winter and the ash cloud had all taken their toll on passenger numbers.
"We had predicted a small increase for July as we expected that confidence would gradually return to the air travel industry and whilst things are going in the right direction, we are not there yet," she explained.
"We are not alone with this and other airports are finding the return to growth also to be slower than expected."
In July, the airport said that passenger numbers were beginning to show "signs of improvement" following two difficult months.