Latest passenger figures give rise to cautious optimism

October 2010 saw, for the fifth consecutive month, 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 three 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.