Isle of Man Airport

Isle of Man Airport

Isle of Man Airport, which is also known as Ronaldsway Airport, is the major domestic airport on the Isle of Man (first used for commercial flights in 1929). The airport is situated in the south of the island at the ex-RAF base Ronaldsway between Ballasalla and Castletown, which is about 11km southwest of the island capital Douglas.


Ronaldsway was first used as an airfield in 1929 with passenger services to the UK starting in 1933, operated by Blackpool and West Coast Air Services (later West Coast Air Services). Further services were established by Aer Lingus and Railway Air Services (RAS) from 1934. From 1937 RAS operations to the mainland UK were transferred to Isle of Man Air Services. In a 1936 expansion of the Ronaldsway Airport, workers discovered a mass grave believed to hold the remains of soldiers who died during the Battle of Ronaldsway in 1275.

A project by Ellis Brown Architects began in November 1998 to extend the airport and improve the facilities available to passengers. In March 2000 the new extension was opened, providing a new landside catering outlet, arrivals area, baggage hall and departure lounge. The existing part of the airport was refurbished during this time to provide improved check-in facilities and offices, linked to the extension with a new airport entrance. During the extension and renovation period the iconic Three Legs of Mann sculpture adorning the airport's facade was also refurbished.

In March 2006 funding for a further extension was granted by Tynwald to increase the number of departure gates, with work due for completion in summer 2007.

In April 2008 Tynwald granted a major runway extension and resurfacing project at the airport. The runway will be extended by 245 m (800 ft) out into the Irish Sea by the construction of a rock-armoured promontory. It is part of a euro44m plan which will also include resurfacing of the runway during summer 2008 and the extension programme that will commence in spring 2008 and is due to be completed by December 2009. It has emerged that the actual runway take-off length was underestimated by 160 metres in the euro1.5 million feasibility study.

Whilst the study originally looked into the aviation marketing implication of runway length Airport management have now denied that the extension is for the use of heavier aircraft in the future, stating that the resurfacing and extension are to comply with the latest International safety standards. There has been a significant overspend on the project due to poor forex management of the Euro denominated components of the costs. It is thought that the Manx Treasurer may have been referring to the expense of the runway and the additional euro6,515,000 control tower project when he stated in his 2009 Budget speech that the IOM could no longer afford "Rolls Royce" projects.

The airport runs commercial scheduled services to the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and the Channel Islands. The airport is operated by the Isle of Man Department of Transport under the direction of the Tynwald (IoM parliament).

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Location

Isle of Man Airport Ballasalla
Isle of Man, British Isles IM9 2AS
United Kingdom

Contact Info
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(+44) 1624 821600/(+44) 1624 821611
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Isle Of Man / Ronaldsway Airport Weather info
Clear sky

Location of this weather station:
0.4 km South

Reported on:
Sun, 2018-02-25 07:50


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