Air passenger numbers hit a 17-year high!

From Jersey Airport,
09 January 2018

​Just over 1.6 million passengers travelled through Jersey Airport in 2017, the highest number recorded since the year 2000.

By the end of December 2017 a total of 1,616,044 commercial air passengers had travelled through Jersey Airport. This is an increase of 25,253 passengers compared to 2016, signifying a +1.6% increase and in excess of 83,000 passengers over 2015. The last time this figure was achieved was in year 2000, when 1,635,584 air passengers were recorded.

Key Account & Marketing Director for Ports of Jersey, Myra Shacklady, comments: "For the past four years our air passenger numbers have been steadily growing and it's a great boost for the Island to start the New Year on a positive note. In fact, since 2013 we have increased air passenger numbers by over 186,000. For an island the size of Jersey with its resident population of 100,000 we believe we have an enviable network of air services available to us and as always, Ports of Jersey will continue to explore new opportunities while maintaining the excellent relationships we already have with our existing carriers".

The majority of UK regions saw increases in passenger numbers, in particular the London market (+2%), the north-west (+5%), north-east (+3%), south (+3%), midlands (+7%) and Scotland (+23%). However, inter-island passenger numbers ended the year down with just under 13,000 passengers fewer than in 2016 (-13%). Low-cost carrier easyJet, which, in summer 2018 will operate eight rotes from the Island, carried almost 600,000 passengers in 2017, and therefore ended the year with the largest overall market share of 37%, followed by British Airways with 23%, Flybe at 22% and Blue Islands with 15%.