March Passenger Arrivals Data

Figures are now available showing the number of passengers arriving in Jersey during March.  Easter fell in April this year but was in late March in 2016, meaning that these results will be slightly less positive than would have been the case were Easter not to have shifted.

March Arrivals

The headline findings are that:

  • The number of passengers arriving in Jersey during March (both arriving visitors and returning residents) was 2.3% lower than was the case a year earlier
  • This is the result of a healthy 10% increase in the number of passengers arriving by sea and a decline of 4.7% in the number of passengers arriving by air
  • Looking at the sea passenger arrivals data in more detail, arrivals on routes from the UK are down slightly, but this can be accounted for by the drop in arrivals from Portsmouth whereas Poole arrivals are up on last year
  • St Malo arrivals were almost 900 up on a year ago, representing an increase of 11%, but the sharpest relative growth comes from Guernsey with an 81% jump (596 passengers)
  • By contrast air arrivals from Guernsey were 840 lower than a year ago, potentially reflecting a reduction in the number of flights
  • Other air routes to see reductions in passenger numbers are those from Southampton (-16%) and Manchester (-46%), the latter doubtless reflecting fewer rotations
  • By far the most important route in volume terms is that from London Gatwick, and here there was a slight 1% drop in volumes, but volume growth from London Luton far outweighs the small drop from Gatwick
  • Although arrivals from Manchester were down those from Liverpool were up strongly indicating that some passengers travelling to/from the North West may have switched carriers
  • While there were no arrivals from Dublin in March 2017 this simply reflects the later Easter and thus slightly delayed start date for Aer Lingus flights this year
  • Looking at the first three months of this year the picture is one of passenger arrivals being 2.0% down on last year (reflecting a later Easter this year than last, the absence of a leap day and weather disruption to flights during February)
  • Total passenger arrivals by sea are up almost 1,000, or 3.5%, while passenger arrivals by air are almost 4,500 lower than last year, representing a fall of 3.0%
  • The largest declines in air passenger arrivals so far in 2017 have been from Manchester, Guernsey and Southampton, with the biggest gainers being London Luton, East Midlands and Liverpool

 

March Passenger Arrivals Data