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Isle of Man visitors say they are keen to return

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AURIGNY is investigating the possibility of operating more flights between Guernsey and the Isle of Man over the autumn half term, as the final scheduled flight departed the island yesterday.

An airline spokesperson confirmed the news following the great success of the route over the summer.

July saw more than 700 seats filled, with planes operating at nearly 96% capacity.

The popularity continued in August with more than 4,700 plane seats filled, with aircraft operating at nearly 95% capacity.

Yesterday saw the last scheduled service between Guernsey and the Isle of Man for now. But many people on the busy flight to the Isle of Man were hopeful more might be offered in the future.

Among the first-time visitors to Guernsey was Charlotte Evans, who was over with her fiance David Thomas, their 15-month-old daughter Jessica and Ms Evan’s mother Gillian.

‘It’s been really enjoyable,’ Ms Evans said.

‘It’s been gorgeous weather. We will definitely be back. We only had three days. We went to Herm and Cobo bay.

‘Everywhere was gorgeous and really clean.’

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Couple Jan and Mike Sidebotham also enjoyed their first visit to the island and travelled around using Puffin Passes on the bus.

‘We have enjoyed it very much,’ Mrs Sidebotham said.

‘It’s been very positive. We have visited Herm and Sark and we will do Alderney next time. We will certainly come back at some point.’

Local restaurants were a highlight for some of the Isle of Man visitors, with Paul and Nuala Duffy saying they had really enjoyed visiting Octopus, the OGH and Petit Bistro.

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‘We’ve been brilliantly surprised,’ Mrs Duffy said.

‘We were only over for three days. I would certainly want to come back.’

Callum and Taylor Wilson were also fitting a lot into just a few days of visiting.

‘We went swimming at Cobo and Fermain,’ Mr Wilson said.

‘The sea is much warmer than in the Isle of Man – it felt tropical. It was also warm when you got out. We would definitely like to come back.’

Juliet Pouteaux

By Juliet Pouteaux
News reporter

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