December 2018 Passenger Arrivals and Full Year Data

In December passenger arrivals (that’s both arriving visitors and returning residents) at the airport saw an annual increase of 0.8% and passenger arrivals at the harbour saw an annual increase of 1.6%.

December

December Headlines

  • Passenger arrivals (that’s both arriving visitors and returning residents) at the airport saw an annual increase of 0.8%
  • Passenger arrivals at the harbour saw an annual increase of 1.6%
  • Looking at the air data in more detail Gatwick performed well considering the drone disruption with a decline of just 1%, potentially with some of this displaced traffic using London City which saw an increase of 15%
  • The air route with the largest annual increase was Liverpool which was up 28%, or 1,324
  • In terms of sea data St Malo and Poole routes both saw strong increases in arrivals compared with December of 2017, whereas Portsmouth, Granville and Guernsey all saw declines
  • Combining air and sea arrivals gives an annual increase of 0.9%

Annual Headlines

  • Passenger arrivals at the airport saw an annual increase of 3.1%
  • Passenger arrivals at the harbour saw an annual decline of 3.8%
  • Gatwick remains by far the most sizeable air route accounting for 40% of all air arrivals, and enjoyed 1% annual growth
  • The only route in the top five to see a decline was Guernsey with a 2% annual drop in arrivals
  • Arrivals from Edinburgh were up over 7,000 thanks to the new easyJet route, this representing a 268% year-on-year jump
  • Routes seeing declines included Exeter, -6% and Guernsey, -2%
  • There was considerable monthly fluctuation, but overall numbers arriving from St Malo by sea were 2% down, but nonetheless this route still accounts for 54% of all sea arrivals
  • Arrivals from Guernsey edged upwards by 1%
  • The Manche Iles Express disruption in the summer resulted in Carteret arrivals declining 36%, this being almost 4,000 in absolute terms
  • Despite its increase of 37%, cruise passenger arrivals still accounted for just 1% of all sea arrivals in 2018
  • Combining air and sea arrivals gives an annual increase of 1%, with the share of arrivals that are by air edging up from 70% to 71

December 2018 Arrivals Data