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Fewer passengers pass through Isle of Man Airport in February

Fewer passengers pass through Isle of Man Airport in February

Isle of Man Airport has reported a sharp fall in passenger traffic during February, something that has been blamed on the ongoing effects of the recession.

It was revealed that little more than 50,000 passengers passed through the airport during the course of the month, representing a decline from 59,000 in February 2008.

As well as the effects of the recession, 2008 was a leap year – meaning that the airport was open for an extra day in February last year.

Isle of Man Airport director Ann Reynolds said that the poor weather during February this year was also to blame for fewer people booking flights.

"It is generally accepted throughout the industry that 2009 will continue to be a very tough year for airlines and airports alike, and whilst the Isle of Man continues to be slightly ahead of most of the UK and European airports, we are not immune to the economic difficulties," she said.

The UK experienced its heaviest snowfall in 18 years at the start of last month, which caused a number of flights from the Isle of Man to be cancelled.

Figures obtained from the airport in January revealed that the number of passengers using the airport in 2008 was "essentially maintained" at 2007’s level.

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