Looking to the reopening of air services for the island I have come to the conclusion that EasyJet are likely to concentrate on their “fatter” routes and not provide us with the service we have come to enjoy. Consequently, with a distinct lack of other airlines available I believe that we need to take the lead in establishing an island based operation for ourselves. I don’t consider a government run airline to be a viable solution as costs would undoubtedly be prohibitive . However, there is currently an airline sitting in the wings with the right aircraft, IOM operating experience, and a maintenance facility nearby, namely Stobart Aviation.
Now is the time for our government to negotiate a deal with them. If they provide an island operating base we would protect their routes and offer other incentives to them, even possibly some subsidies. This would ensure the we get the service the island needs, with times and destinations best suited to the travellers and not just aircraft spare availability.
Finally, I have no connections with Stobart Aviation and have thoroughly enjoyed the EasyJet budget experience, Sadly I just don’t see it being on their priority list !