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Passenger numbers begin to improve at Isle of Man Airport

More than 61,300 passengers flew into and out of Isle of Man Airport during October

There is a steady improvement in the number of passengers booking flights to the Isle of Man, figures have suggested.

More than 61,300 passengers flew into and out of Isle of Man Airport during October, which is 1,675 fewer than in the same month last year.

Because the figure is only 2.6 percent lower, the airport has said the recovery in passenger numbers is ahead of that predicted, giving the Isle of Man reasons for optimism.

Ann Reynolds, Isle of Man Airport’s director, said that the downward trend appears to be "bottoming out".

"Again, the airline operators have performed ahead of our predictions, which were for a five percent decrease, and this gives me further reassurance that in 2010 we will start to see positive and consistent growth once again," she explained.

Flybe’s flights to Liverpool from the Isle of Man recorded the highest passenger levels for almost 18 months during October, while a 17 percent increase was recorded in the number of people booking flights to Blackpool on Manx2.

The airport announced in September that weather problems over the summer had led to decreased passenger numbers during August.

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