Jersey Airport Records Highest Passenger Numbers in 16 years

Publish date: 31 Jan 2017

Just under 1.6 million passengers travelled through Jersey Airport in 2016, the highest number recorded since the year 2000.

At the end of December 2016 a total of 1,590,791 commercial air passengers had travelled through Jersey Airport. This is an increase of more than 58,000 passengers up on 2015, equating to a +3.8% increase and in excess of 117,000 passengers in 2014, up almost +8%. The last time this figure was achieved was in 2000, when 1,635,584 air passengers were recorded.

Key Account & Marketing Director for Ports of Jersey, Myra Shacklady, is delighted with the 2016 results. She says, “This is a great boost for the Island and it’s nice to start the New Year on a positive note. Since the integration of Ports of Jersey in March 2012 we have experienced an increase in air passenger numbers year on year. In fact, since 2012 we have increased air passenger numbers by over 148,000. For an island the size of Jersey with its resident population of 100,000 we believe we have an enviable network of air services available to us and as always, Ports of Jersey will continue to explore new opportunities while maintaining the excellent relationships we already have with our existing carriers”.

The news has been endorsed by Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Sport & Culture, Senator Lyndon Farnham, who says, “These figures are extremely encouraging and a sign that work over recent years to expand routes and choice is paying off. I am confident that this upward trend will continue in 2017 and beyond”.

The majority of UK regions saw increases in passenger numbers, in particular the London market (+6%), the north-west (+5%), north-east (+81%) and Scotland (+14%). However, inter-island passenger numbers ended the year down with 17,000 passengers fewer than in the previous year (-14%) as did the south (-15%). Low-cost carrier easyJet, which now operates seven routes from the Island, including the relaunch of a Luton service in 2016 carried in excess of half a million passengers during the year, resulting in having the largest overall market share of 32.9%, followed by British Airways with 24.3% and Flybe at 23.9%.

“2017 looks set to be an exciting year for airport activity”, concludes Miss Shacklady. “Not only will Jersey Airport celebrate its 80th year of operations on 10th March but work is also due to commence on the construction of a new arrivals facility as well as an enhanced retail and catering offering in the airside lounge for our departing passengers”.

Overall sea passenger numbers for 2016 have yet to be finalised. However, it is likely that numbers will be down compared to 2015.

Latest news

15 Apr 2024

La Place Hotel and Country Cottages receives British Airways Holidays accolade in recognition of customer excellence.

La Place Hotel and Country Cottages is delighted to announce that it has received a British Airways Holidays Customer Excellence Award for 2023.
Walking Through Spring Festival
28 Mar 2024

The National Trust for Jersey announce ‘Walking through Spring Festival’

The National Trust for Jersey is staging its annual ‘Walking through Spring Festival’ from 10 – 14 April.
The Cultured Lounge by Britta Marie
28 Mar 2024

Grand Opening of The Cultured Lounge.

The Cultured Lounge, a dynamic new workspace designed to elevate the professional experience for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers.
27 Mar 2024

The 2024 British Rowing Offshore Championships is set to make waves in Jersey.

On 01 and 02 June this year, the British Rowing Offshore Championships will be hosted at St. Aubin's Bay, Jersey.
26 Mar 2024

Liberation International Music Festival celebrates largest line up yet

The sixteenth Liberation International Music Festival marks the largest event organised by the charity Music in Action, comprising 36 unique events, musical experiences and workshops
20 Mar 2024

Join the Champagne Taittinger Takeover at Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa.

Prepare to immerse yourself in a weekend of style and sophistication as Champagne Taittinger takes centre stage at the AA Five Silver Star Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa next month.
15 Mar 2024

Blue Islands trial Luxembourg service.

Direct flights between Jersey and Luxembourg (with Guernsey connections).
15 Mar 2024

Longueville Manor announces JAYF as charity partner for 2024.

Longueville Manor announced today that Jersey Association of Youth and Friendship (JAYF) is going to be their chosen charity for 2024.
National Trust for Jersey
29 Feb 2024

National Trust for Jersey appoint new CEO

Following a thorough recruitment process involving support from the International National Trusts Organisation, the National Trust for Jersey (the “Trust”) is announcing the appointment of Alan Le Maistre as Chief Executive Officer designate.
21 Feb 2024

Visit Jersey launches new image library.

Visit Jersey is pleased to announce the launch of its new and improved image library, transforming the way partners and stakeholder access and utilise Visit Jersey’s visual assets.
Sprawling lawn at Jersey Pearl in St. Ouen
20 Feb 2024

Jersey Pearl set to invest £200k in café relaunch

Family-owned Jersey Pearl are set to investment £200k in the redevelopment of their cafe that overlooks the stunning bay of St. Ouen.
19 Feb 2024

Two big wins for team at L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa.

The team at L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa are celebrating two big wins ahead of the 2024 season.