2018 Air Passenger numbers continue to rise

From Jersey Airport,
11 October 2018

‚ÄčFor the sixth consecutive month, air passengers travelling through Jersey Airport continue to rise with just over 50,000 additional passengers so far this year compared to the same period in 2017.

At the end of September 2018 a total of 1,303,722 passengers were welcomed through Jersey Airport compared to 1,253,392 in 2017, an overall increase of +4%. September alone saw a 4.6% increase against the previous year, with 169,465 air passengers recorded.

All routes have performed well this summer, with increased passenger numbers recorded on the majority of  departure points, with only inter-island services down slightly by -2% compared to 2017. Increases include the German market (+27%), Scotland (+21%), Midlands (+11%) and London routes, which have recorded a total of almost 600,000 passengers to date in 2018 and is up by +2% on 2017.

EasyJet, which operates eight routes on its Jersey summer network continues to have the largest market share of 37%, followed by British Airways and Flybe, both at 22%.

Commenting on the latest figures, Myra Shacklady from Ports of Jersey, who is responsible for the Island's Route Development programme, says, "We are delighted to see our air passenger numbers continue to rise in 2018. In fact, with the exception of April, we have recorded increases every month so far, which is very encouraging as we aim to equal, if not exceed our high levels of 2017. In terms of activities to attract visitors, Jersey has enjoyed a busy September, with events including the Jersey Air Show, Weekender Music Festival, Jersey Festival of Words and the Super League Triathlon. Equally, our local market continue to take advantage of our extensive summer network of routes coupled with low-cost fares for advance booking; this has also helped to increase our volumes. If passenger numbers continue for the remainder of the year as they have done so far we are hopeful of meeting our 1.66m target for 2018".  

Sea passenger statistics are currently being finalised but it is expected an increase in numbers for September 2018.