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Isle of Man Airport records small fall in passenger numbers

Isle of Man Airport announced its passenger turnover during 2008 was just 0.16 percent lower

Isle of Man Airport has announced that its passenger turnover during 2008 was just 0.16 percent lower than 2007 despite the collapse of EuroManx.

A total of 736,200 passengers passed through the airport’s doors last year, which was just 0.16 percent less than 2007.

Commenting on the figure, transport minister David Anderson said it represented a "remarkable achievement" considering the difficulties the airport has faced.

"EuroManx was responsible for carrying over a third of our passenger traffic and its demise in May immediately had a huge affect upon the Airport’s traffic."

Mr Anderson added that the economic downturn had also affected the number of passengers choosing to fly from the airport.

The main reason for the small decline was the poor demand for flights to London City Airport. Less than 30,000 flew on the route in 2008 because of the collapse of Euromanx – down from 2007’s figure of 66,000.

The airport announced in November that Aer Arann will commence flights from the island on January 19th.

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