May Passenger Arrivals Data 2019

The number of passengers arriving by air continued its positive trend, with a 2.1% increase in total on 2018. Air passenger arrivals are 5.2% up compared with the first five months of 2018.

May Passengers

Headlines for May

  • The number of passengers arriving by air continued its positive trend, with a 2.1% increase
  • In absolute terms Gatwick and Southend witnessed the largest increases, in both cases with more than one thousand additional arrivals
  • Routes operating in both 2018 and 2019 experiencing the largest absolute declines were Southampton and Birmingham with reductions of around 600 in each case
  • Technical disruption to the Condor fleet resulted in an extremely weak set of figures from the Harbour with arrivals declining by 17.5%, or 7,700 in absolute volume terms
  • St Malo was the hardest hit route in absolute terms with a drop of almost 5,200 arrivals
  • With additional sailings from Dielette this was the route seeing the strongest growth during May
  • The volume of cruise ship passengers fell by around one-third compared to the year before
  • Overall in May passenger arrivals by Air and Sea dropped by 4.9%, equivalent to 6,000 fewer passengers
  • 69% of all arrivals in May were by air, up from 64% twelve months earlier

 Headlines for Year-to-Date

  • Air passenger arrivals are 5.2% up compared with the first five months of 2018
  • Gatwick and Liverpool have seen the strongest absolute growth, but arrivals from Guernsey have also performed well
  • Birmingham is the only route to have lost more than one thousand passengers so far in 2019
  • The poor May means that Sea passenger arrivals are 6.9% down during the period January to May
  • Nevertheless, Guernsey arrivals have improved by 10% thanks to strong figures earlier in the year
  • So far in 2019 77% of all passengers have arrived by Air, up from75% last year
  • The combined Air and Sea picture for the year=to-date is one of a 2.2% increase, equivalent to 8,500 additional arrivals

May Passenger Arrival Data