Delayed at Isle of Man Airport?
All about Isle of Man Airport, also known as Ronaldsway Airport
Isle of Man Airport (IOM), also known as Ronaldsway Airport, is the main air transportation hub located on the Isle of Man and can be found in the south of the island seven miles from the town of Douglas. Around 740,000 people pass through the doors of this well positioned airport every year as flying is by far the most popular way to travel to the Isle of Man, especially when the sea is particularly rough. Although people touch down here all year round, the busiest months tend to be in the height of the summer, while passenger numbers also rise dramatically around the end of December as people return home to the Isle of Man to visit friends and family.
Isle of Man Airport features a single terminal building that is served by airlines such as British Airways, Flybe and easyJet. These airlines, among others, offer connections to several different cities in the United Kingdom such as London CIty, Liverpool, Dublin, Belfast, Newcastle and Manchester as well as connections to a whole host of trans-Atlantic destinations including Geneva, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca and Menorca. The busiest route by far is between the Isle of Man and Liverpool with over 150,000 passengers flying this route most years. A large number of charters also operate out of Isle of Man Airport, serving various different destinations across Europe.
When arriving or departing from the airport you will find ATMs in the main entrance lobby, while the terminal also boasts a post office. There is also a sculpture named “The Legs of Man” displayed in the entrance to the terminal. This interesting sculpture was created by local artist Bryan Kneale and is a modern take on the symbol that represents the Isle of Man. Other amenities include disabled toilets throughout the terminal building and baby changing facilities, while the airport also has a café, gift shop and newsagent.
The Airport's History and Development throughout the 20th Century
The airport originally served as an airfield when it was first used in 1928 and it was named Ronaldsway after its close proximity to the town of Ronaldsway. Passenger services to different destinations in the UK were first operated in 1933 by Blackpool and West Coast Air Services. This service quickly became popular, especially among people who wanted to travel to various parts of the UK for business or did not like taking the ferry to mainland UK.
In fact, the venture was so successful that the following year Aer Lingus and Railway Air Services began offering flights between the Isle of Man and certain cities in the United Kingdom. By 1936 the airport had become so popular that it was expanded. At this time the roots of the area were discovered as workers stumbled across a mass grave that was said by local historians to contain the remains of a large number of soldiers who were killed in 1275 during the Battle of Ronaldsway. However, the expansion went ahead as planned and the airport was able to serve a lot more passengers as a result.
During WWII the airport was used by the Royal Air Force as a training station for the Ground Defence and Gunnery School. After the war the airport resumed its former function and both scheduled and charter services were provided to the UK mainland. The popularity of the airport has continued to grow over the years, leading to a new extension in 2000 and extension and resurfacing of the runway in 2008 and 2009.
Delays at Isle of Man Airport
Isle of Man Airport delays are not uncommon, especially during storms and when there is heavy snowfall. If you are flying to or from IOM and are experiencing a delay of at least 3 hours or a cancellation, you may be eligible for compensation from your airline. Flightright have experienced law experts who have successfully handled thousands of cases and lawsuits against airlines. Take the time and hassle out of claiming compensation by letting Flightright do the hard work on your behalf. Find out if you're eligible for compensation below!