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Air passenger numbers increase again

05 November 2010

The latest passenger figures released by Jersey Airport continue the trend for increasing passenger numbers that has been seen over the past 5 months.

In October 2010, there was again an increase in the number of commercial passengers travelling through Jersey Airport. Figures show that 130,726 people travelled during last month compared to 125,116 on the same period last year - an increase of 4.48%.

In particular the start of the October half-term holiday period showed that 8,180 passengers travelled over the first 3 days between Friday 22 and Sunday 24 October 2010, compared to the 7,592 who travelled at the same holiday period the previous year - an increase of 7%. 

Overall, up to the end of October 2010, year to date passengers show a 1.49% decrease on the same period in 2009 but the gap does appear to be closing on what initially looked like a disappointing year. As well as the economic uncertainty that continues to affect the global aviation industry, passenger numbers were not helped by the volcanic ash disruption, which is estimated to have lost the Island up to 25,000 passengers.

The Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Senator Paul Routier, said “There is a mood of cautious optimism in terms of passenger figures for 2010. This has been helped by the increase in our passenger figures over the past 5 months, and looking at the statistics to date we are hopeful that this trend may continue and that we can achieve our projected increase of 1% in numbers by the end of this year or early 2011.”

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