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Passenger decline slows at Isle of Man Airport

Isle of Man Airport has said that there is reason for "cautious optimism" after the rate of passenger decline slowed.

Isle of Man Airport has said that there is reason for "cautious optimism" after the rate of passenger decline slowed.

After experiencing monthly declines of 9,000 passengers at the beginning of 2009, the airport said there was a fall of 2,200 passengers over the course of July, which is a 3.25 percent decrease compared to the same month last year.

The airport’s London market performed particularly well, with a total of 1,100 additional passengers flying to London City Airport from the island.

Ann Reynolds, the airport’s director, said the figures are evidence that the "worst of the decline is over".

"However, the airline industry is still having a very tough time and will continue to do so and the announcement by Eastern that they are ceasing services from the island is evidence of this," she commented.

Manx2 also performed well in July after it reported increased demand on its flights to Blackpool, East Midlands and Gloucester airports.

Irish regional airline Air Arann launched flights to London City Airport from the Isle on Man earlier this year.

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