Nine of the 171 flights canceled during the TT fortnight

Nine flights were canceled during the TT fortnight, the chief minister told the House of Keys.

Five out of 71 EasyJet flights were cancelled, along with four out of 100 Loganair flights over the two-week period.

This was in response to a question posed by Arbory, Castletown and Malew MHK Jason Moorhouse asking what assessment had been made of the impact of the cancellations on the reputation of the island.

“There has been no formal impact assessment,” said Chief Minister Alfred Cannan, who was responding in his capacity as Minister for Enterprise at the time. “The aviation industry has had a difficult time in recent weeks, with staffing and operational difficulties.

“The Isle of Man has not been immune to the impact of this.”

He said the government had been in “constant contact” with airlines before and during the TT period because of the “high level” of bookings they were experiencing. Mr Cannan added that there had been a number of ‘influential’ cancellations and delays due to the situation at UK airports.

He said: ‘We have an inter-agency contingency plan in place to ensure support is available and to provide accommodation on the island if needed.

“There has been some level of disruption.”

The Chief Minister felt it was important to put it in context with the ‘hundreds’ of flights that had been canceled in the UK.

John Wannenburgh said money had been ‘wasted on pointless projects’ relating to the airport, which Mr Cannan disagreed with. He said: “Significant improvements have been made to the airport’s landing arrangements over the past few years, we will continue to assess what can be done to improve it.”

“We have also been in contact with the airlines and have worked with them to stress the importance of maintaining the routes in the island and we will continue to do so.

“If there is a clear business case that will benefit our economy, we should give it the utmost attention.”

Mr Moorhouse also asked about issues specific to the Isle of Man, including the lighting used at Ronaldsway and the opening hours of the airport.

To this, Mr Cannan said these were being reviewed, adding that there are practical constraints in terms of opening hours, with minimum rest periods for staff limiting any extension of hours. opening.

“We take this seriously and will continue to review his performance,” he said.

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