A positive summer for air passenger numbers
From Jersey Airport,
17 September 2018
Almost 43,000 additional air passengers have travelled through the Airport so far this year compared to 2017 according to the latest figures.
At the end of August 2018 a total of 1,134,257 air passengers were welcomed through Jersey Airport compared to 1,091,349 in 2017, an increase of 3.9%. August alone saw a 6% increase against the previous year, with 192,484 air passengers recorded.
All UK routes continue to perform well, with increased passenger numbers recorded on all departure points, with only inter-island services down by -4% down compared to 2017 figures. The German market, which suffered in 2017 due to a loss of Air Berlin services has started to pick up again with its summer only programme recording a total year-to-date of 13,917 passengers since May 2018 compared to 11,029 in 2017.
EasyJet, which currently operates eight routes on its Jersey network during the summer 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, "Once again we have seen a very busy peak summer period and September is also looking encouraging, especially with a large number of visitors in the Island for the Weekender Music Festival, Jersey Air Display and other events planned for the month. We remain confident that these high passenger numbers will continue over the remaining four months of 2018 and that we can exceed the 1.616 million air passenger numbers recorded in 2017, which, at the time was our highest number recorded since the year 2000".
However, disruption to French and inter-island services over the peak summer period has impacted on sea passenger numbers. August 2018 recorded a total of 118,018 for the month, compared to 120,783 for the same period in 2017. As a result, year to date figures show an overall -3% decrease, with 496,152 passengers in 2018 against 513,368 last year.