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Airport passenger numbers make strong recovery in 2022

Airport passenger numbers make strong recovery in 2022

Tuesday 23 May 2023

Airport passenger numbers make strong recovery in 2022

Tuesday 23 May 2023

The island welcomed 1.3m passengers through Jersey Airport in 2022 - nearly double that of 2020 - but the figure is still significantly down from the 1.7m recorded in 2019.

The statistics are contained within Ports of Jersey's most recent annual report, revealing how the aviation industry has tried to recover from the "stark" impact of the pandemic.

However, the peak summer months of July and August saw monthly volumes not achieved since April 2019.

The report states: "Our busiest day and weekend was the August bank holiday, when more than 17,000 passengers travelled through Jersey Airport."

It adds that the overall recovery in passenger numbers was among the fastest of all the airports in the UK and Crown Dependencies.

Bouncing back to profit

Additionally, Ports achieved an operating profit of £1.9m, up from a loss of £4.3m in 2021.

However, the report also states the aviation industry "remains under immense pressure", not only from the pandemic recovery but also the cost-of-living crisis, with high inflation driving up running costs against "already low profit margins".

Ports of Jersey Chair Mark Chown described the impact of the pandemic on the aviation sector as "stark", with many airlines reducing their services and others – such as Flybe – exiting the market.

"Nevertheless, with aviation passenger volumes in 2022 recovering, but still not matching pre-pandemic levels, we are confident that this trend will continue. Building on the close working relationships developed with our airline partners during the pandemic, we have secured new routes and signed new medium-term agreements to increase our route network across the UK and into Europe," he added.

New air routes

This includes the inaugural Jersey-to-Amsterdam route announced by easyJet at the end of last year, as well as a five-year agreement with British Airways projected to carry more than two million passengers between Jersey and BA’s global hub in Heathrow.


Pictured: easyJet recently started offering direct flights from Jersey to Amsterdam

Mr Chown continued: "To summarise, I am pleased that we have moved on from the disruption wrought by the covid pandemic on the travel industry. Our airport has seen a strong return in passenger numbers, we have valuable new agreements with British Airways and easyJet, and we are ready to transform our harbour to make it fit for the future.

"I am confident that we will continue to see growth in passenger numbers, and I look forward to Ports of Jersey ensuring a resilient supply chain, securing and enhancing connectivity, working with Government to safeguard future ferry services and creating a harbour and airport that Islanders can be proud of."

Fall in ferry passengers

Meanwhile, the southern French ferry route was down 51% to 175,000 passengers compared to 360,000 in 2019.

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Pictured: Mr Chown said Ports was working with Government to "safeguard future ferry services".

"This continued reduced volume is not only covid-19 related but also materially impacted as a result of Brexit requiring passports to now travel between France and the Island. In comparison, the northern UK routes are exceeding 2019 volumes by 16%," the report added.

However, Mr Chown said that the Government’s recent initiative to allow day trip passengers from France to enter Jersey using their ID cards would hopefully increase the number of visitors.

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Posted by Tobias Philpott on
There is no point in touting for more passengers if Airport staff cannot handle current numbers.
Travellers repeatedly facing long delays due to poor airport staff service. Repeatedly told that this is due to vacancies in handlers and other support staff. Flights are being delayed by this. So sort this out before saying you want passenger numbers to increase.
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