With air traffic figures showing a decline of 15%, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is pleased with the February harbour traffic figures, which show a 6% increase in foot passengers and a 1.2% increase in vehicles when compared with February 2008. This increase has been achieved in spite of the fact that February 2008 was longer due to last year being a leap year.

At a time when the global economic climate is continuing to create testing trading conditions for many businesses, the Company is encouraged by the February figures which build on the increases seen in January.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive, Mark Woodward said: ‘I am encouraged by the latest harbour figures which show that passengers are continuing to take advantage of our very competitive fares. Economic conditions remain difficult and we expect to see a year-on-year reduction in passenger numbers next month given that the important Easter period falls in April this year, as opposed to March last year.’