The number of air passengers travelling through Jersey Airport last year rose for the sixth consecutive year with 1.715,952 million passengers recorded in 2019.
That’s the highest level of passengers recorded since 1995 when 1.723 million passengers travelled through the airport.
Air passenger numbers have been steadily growing year on year since 2013, increasing by almost 275,000 over the past six years.
This summer the airport is due to be served by almost 40 departure points across the British Isles and Europe with both scheduled and chartered flights available.
Jersey’s success reflects that of other regions, with many areas of the UK reporting growth in 2019 on the previous year, including the north west (+14%), the south west (+5%) and the London market, which includes Gatwick, Southend, Luton and London City.
Along with the increase in UK links, the inter-island routes also enjoyed a 17% rise, carrying an additional 15,000 passengers during the year, with passenger numbers recorded at 105,328.
Group CEO for Ports of Jersey, Matt Thomas, has welcomed the latest figures. He said: “We are really pleased to have delivered a sixth consecutive year of growth in passenger numbers through Jersey Airport. The connectivity provided by the airport is crucial, for our tourism industry, for business and importantly for residents who can enjoy regular access across mainland UK. Our route development team at Ports of Jersey works closely with Visit Jersey, Government, tourism and business associations to sell Jersey as a destination to airlines. In a very competitive market, these figures demonstrate that this Team Jersey approach is clearly working”.