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Old 15th Feb 2018, 20:54
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https://www.gov.im/news/2018/feb/15/...er-experience/

A major project to deliver improvements to the security and search processes at Isle of Man Airport is being taken forward to modernise security arrangements and reduce waiting times. This will involve significant investment in equipment as well as in the additional staffing needed to operate the second scanning line at busy times.

The entrance to the Central Security Area is to be relocated and will continue to include a separate dedicated route for passengers requesting assistance, such as those with reduced mobility or medical needs, or those attending hospital appointments in the UK.

Automatic boarding card readers will be installed at the new entrance to improve information to the airlines and speed the entire process.

The security area will be remodelled, increasing in size by 160 square metres, allowing more space for passengers to prepare their hand luggage, liquids and gadgets before reaching the security equipment.

A further improvement will see an automatic tray return system integrated with the X-ray equipment, enabling several passengers to put their belongings on to the X-ray queue at the same time.

The Department’s contractor has been asked to recruit the additional staff needed to allow the second X-ray line to be operated at peak times.

Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer MHK said:

‘I understand passengers’ frustrations and much work has taken place to find the most effective solution and obtain the necessary approvals to make the changes. I would like to thank passengers for their continuing patience while these improvements are being made.’

Tim Baker MHK, political member for the Ports Division, said:

‘We want to get this right and have looked at a range of options. We are determined we get value for money, and that the solutions are sustainable for the long term.

‘As soon as we have a confirmed programme of works, which it’s hoped will start shortly after Easter following final confirmation of equipment delivery times, the Department will provide more details.’
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Old 20th Feb 2018, 08:31
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Record passenger figures at Airport in 2017
• Significant increase in harbour traffic

Passenger figures at the Isle of Man Airport in 2017 were the highest on record.

Annual statistics published by the Department of Infrastructure also show a significant increase in the number of people using the Island’s harbours.

Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer MHK has welcomed the strong demand for air and sea services as a positive indicator for the Manx economy.

A total of 807,426 passengers passed through the Airport last year, topping the previous record set in 2005 by 772 (0.1%).

The solid performance of the Island’s main markets contributed to the 2017 figure, which represents a rise of 3,603 passengers (0.45%) compared with 2016.

The North West routes saw a new high of 397,300 passengers, with Liverpool registering an increase of 16,600 and Manchester 7,000 during the year.

The number of air travellers using the London routes increased to more than 250,000 overall, with 10,200 more passengers flying to the capital than in the previous 12 months. This figure was boosted by the start of summer flights to Luton, which will resume from the end of March, and an increase of 14,300 passengers on the Gatwick route.

Other markets, including Birmingham, Dublin and Bristol, also performed well and although some smaller regional routes were affected by the closure of CityWing, other operators stepped in to offer new destinations.

Ann Reynolds, Director of Ports, said: ‘The continued strength of the North West market is particularly encouraging and the figures demonstrate that air and sea routes can grow side by side. The airlines have added capacity and frequency on major routes to reflect demand and stimulate new business. In terms of our sea services, Liverpool moved ahead of Heysham in 2017 to become the most popular destination for ferry passengers.’

Statistics for 2017 showed that 614,456 passengers passed through the Island’s sea ports, an increase of 17,438 (2.9%) compared with 2016.

Almost 584,000 people travelled on scheduled ferry sailings, representing 94.9% of the overall figure and an increase of 3.4% on the previous year.

The Liverpool route carried almost 21,700 more passengers than Heysham, while the Dublin and Belfast sailings saw increases of 23% and 11.6% respectively.

Tim Baker MHK, DOI Member with responsibility for Ports, said: ‘Our air and sea links with the United Kingdom are absolutely vital to the economic and social wellbeing of the Isle of Man. The record-breaking performance at the Airport is very encouraging and continues the upwards trend in passenger numbers. We will continue to work with our carriers to build on these impressive figures in the years ahead.’
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 11:05
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Updated 18 minutes ago by easyJet Operations Control
Why your flight is cancelled:
We're sorry that your flight has been cancelled. Due to an issue with de-icing equipment in Isle of Man we are unable to de-ice your plane
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 12:28
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Why your flight is cancelled:
We're sorry that your flight has been cancelled. Due to an issue with de-icing equipment in Isle of Man we are unable to de-ice your plane
It really doesn’t make sense that just the LPL is Canx. LGW and BE flights are still operating?? Unless there starting to restrict flights?
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 13:24
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I sent easyjet a twitter message about the above, and they replied with: "I'm sorry the de-icing machine has broken down"
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 17:37
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The based Stobart ATRs and Eastern Saab2000 were free of ice contamination and were able to depart without de-icing. The apron and walkways needed to be deemed safe for staff and passengers to walk on, hence a few delays. Safety first.

The LGW arrived, which needed deicing. Unfortunately, there was a technical problem the deice rig, which took time to rectify.

EZY Ops took the decision early to CANX the LPL. This decision was taken not long after the rig became serviceable. However, the decision was already taken to CANX the LPL.
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Old 12th Mar 2018, 11:03
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https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/aaib...0-uvp-e-ok-laz
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Quick look at easyjet W19 and it shows BFS is year round. LPL increases to three flights on Sundays (eg 4, 11 Nov). I haven't checked other dates.

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Old 12th Apr 2018, 14:45
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They will need the new second security lane operating all the time then
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Old 12th Apr 2018, 18:32
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easyJet W18/19

Taking a look at the easyJet schedule for Winter 18/19, BRS, LGW and LPL times remain pretty much the same as winter 17/18.

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lfc84 Quick look at easyjet W19 and it shows BFS is year round. LPL increases to three flights on Sundays (eg 4, 11 Nov). I haven't checked other dates.
The 3 LPL flights on the Sunday are extras around the school holidays it appears. Good to see the late flight in over the weekend, with no fast craft sailings over the winter. Opens up more opportunities for weekends away for shopping and north west football matches. I still think the Saturday lunchtime departure needs to be moved to the morning to allow a longer day in Liverpool. It would also allow match go'ers to watch any lunchtime games. Still, good to see extra capacity.

BFS continues into winter 18/19 as expected, with the Monday departure moving to 08:20, 5mins after the EZY LPL.

LTN remains summer seasonal.
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Old 12th Apr 2018, 19:11
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5mins after the EZY LPL
A real challenge for Menzies then?
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Old 12th Apr 2018, 21:43
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Every Sunday this Summer, there's an LGW at 21:05 and LTN at 21:10, not much of an issue so far with one getting the holding lounge and the other boarding straight out of the gate.
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Old 13th Apr 2018, 06:58
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A small enhancement, which seems to be overlooked in the above analysis, is that LGW stays double daily throughout November and December (except Saturdays), whereas it dropped to daily, mid-week, in 2017.

Hopefully, BFS 2/7 will work well, like Bristol has, and easyJet will then look to do something similar to EDI or GLA in the near future?
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Flybe has confirmed to Isle of Man Newspapers the airline will re-establish its former Ronaldsway base.

Currently, Flybe flights from the island are operated under an agreement with Stobart Air, a deal which will end on March 31 next year.

A company spokesman said: ’Flybe can confirm that the arrangement it has with franchise partner, Stobart Air, for the [Liverpool and Man chester] routes will end next year.

’And that, with effect from March 31, 2019, both will continue on Flybe’s own 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft from a newly-established base.

’Flybe looks forward to continuing to serve the island community and to welcoming customers back on board including those travelling under its renewed three year contract with the Isle of Man Department of Health and Social Care.’

The airline later confirmed that new base will be at Ronaldsway.

The move has been welcomed by passenger watchdog Travelwatch after airport bosses confirmed discussions had been held with the airline.

A Travelwatch spokesman said: ’We believe it is a very positive move for the island for many reasons.

’It firstly shows a commitment to the island from the airline because if you set up a base somewhere, employ staff and everything that goes with it, it becomes much less likely that airline will pull out.

’At the moment, no airline has a base here and that means an airline could just leave if it decided the island isn’t profitable, so yes it is a positive move.’

Isle of Man Newspapers understands that Stobart Air crews were recently told the contract with Flybe would not be renewed next year.

Stobart has operated Flybe routes to and from the island for a number of years, mostly to Liverpool and Manchester with a daily flight to Birmingham.

The Travelwatch spokesman noted that the group hopes the decision could lead to more routes opening to and from the island in the future.

He explained that at present two aircraft are used for Manx routes but that Flybe could be interested in operating a third aircraft, as would be the company’s standard practice for smaller regional airports.

He added: ’The aircraft will also hopefully be better suited to the needs of patients who travel to Liverpool for treatment.

’Due to the aircraft used by Stobart, the ATR 72-500, patients transfers are currently loaded only from the rear door. Hopefully, with a two door aircraft like Flybe usually operate, this should be easier for them.

’The aircraft that the company usually operates have a higher capacity too which would be good for the island.’

The current ATR 72-500 aircraft contain hold 72 passengers while Flybe’s Bombardier Q400 aircraft will hold 78 passengers.

The Travelwatch spokesman was hopeful the move could provide more work for aircraft engineers in the island.

Stobart Air also operates Dublin flights to and from the island under the Aer Lingus Regional brand.
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 21:52
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Flybe to LCY would be an obvious way for them to create a three a/c base. The current BA/Eastern operation must an expensive embarrassment, at times, to all involved.
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I am afraid Easy will do what is commercially right for them. If IoM wants services that support its community objectives then either it or the UK government will need to financially support it. Can it be funded out of registration of all those business jets?
Just as you say! I had a meeting the other year re a service to London and other flights, with the Ann Reynolds and the then head of the Manx CAA.

To operate a service based in the IOM with a Avro RJ, it could be funded with putting a charge on all the Bizjet regestrations and plilot validations, plus the 1/2 million they hand out for the hospital contract, they could have a service.

They were not interested at all, as City Flyer aka Eastern would be the savior!
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Old 16th Jun 2018, 13:24
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I actually agree with Cumbrianboy.

Leaving the market open to the commercial world isn't necessarily a good thing for an island or rural community. As private commercial airlines need to realise direct profits, this can lead to high fares, unreliable services, chopping and changing routes to suit etc.

Similar to Guernsey, I'd like to see an economic enabler flying the manx flag, i.e state backed airline or PSO subsidy for example. The right fleet (e.g mix of ATR 42 / 72 turboprops) serving the Islands' needs. Regular daily flights, good connections with codeshare partners. The airline might well make a profit if done right however the majority of the profit will be realised elsewhere in the economy. At the end of the day you've got to look at the overall net gain for the economy, commercial airlines can't do this.

As an aside, from a passenger experience point of view, to be honest I hate low cost carriers flying into regional airports like the IOM, these smaller airports aren't really geared up for that. Easyjet simply creates longer queues at bag drop, security delays and a premature standing queue at the gate in true low cost style. Easyjet passengers then have to be crammed into the relatively small pre-boarding lounge just to enable them to get near an on time departure. Environmentally the medium jets are just too noisy for those living anywhere near the airport and they're actually burning about 4 times the amount of fuel on short haul routes compared to the ATR for example. (You could carry nearly double the amount of passengers on an increased frequency with the ATR for the same carbon footprint). Really like flying with Flybe, turboprops are a much nicer experience on board, much prefer the 2 x 2 seating, feels roomier than an Airbus.
Travelling public are interested in the fare price, not really the noise footprint! You can get a midsize regional jet for around 2 million $ But a ATR or Dash is around 18 million$.
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Travelling public are interested in the fare price, not really the noise footprint! You can get a midsize regional jet for around 2 million $ But a ATR or Dash is around 18 million$.
Methinks you'd best check out the economics of what you propose. Other operations have gone to the wall very quickly with the same sort of thinking.
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Old 17th Jun 2018, 16:45
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Haven't we been here before and wasn't it called Euromanx?

It is virtually impossible to run a small, sustainable airline nowadays. The pressure on yields and costs of compliance, in terms of the infrastructure you have to have to run an airline and meet the regulatory requirements, are two conflicting pressures which make it very difficult indeed to be a small airline. If anyone is thinking of starting one, I've a word of advice. Don't.
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Old 30th Jul 2018, 12:43
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What’s been going on the last few days with all the cancellations looks like they’ve all been at it
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