Ronaldsway airport is the main passenger airport on the Isle of Man. Located in the Irish Sea, the small island is a self-governing British dependency and is home to the world-famous Isle of Man TT races. The airport is particularly popular with tourists as the trip from most British airports takes no more than an hour.
The airfield of Ronaldsway was first opened in 1928 and the first passenger flights left the airport in 1933. During the Second World War, the airport was commandeered by the Royal Air Force; however, it continued to operate passenger flights throughout the war. In recent years, the airport has expanded rapidly to deal with increasing visitor numbers to the island. A major new landside retail area, departure lounge and arrivals hall were officially opened in 2000. Passenger capacity at the airport was significantly increased in 2007 with the opening of several new departure gates Several improvements to the runway have attracted several of Europe’s leading airlines and attracted much larger planes in recent years.
Ronaldsway airport is located near Castletown and only seven miles from Douglas, the island’s capital. Its coastal location provides stunning sea views from the runway and creates an exciting and picturesque approach for incoming planes. Regular scheduled services operate from the airport to several destinations in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Channel Islands.
Travellers arriving and departing from the Isle of Man can expect to find all of the facilities and amenities found in Europe’s largest airports. Helpful and friendly customer service staff provide directions and answer general questions at the airport’s information desk, located in the main hall. People can withdraw cash from the ATM machines in the airport foyer and reliable wireless broadband services can be utilised in the departure lounge and catering areas.
Travellers can relax and enjoy a quick bite to eat or a refreshing drink at Cafe Oasis. There is also the chance to make a few last-minute purchases in the Skylines Travellers Store. Located next to Cafe Oasis, the store offers a wide selection of newspapers, magazines and confectionery. The store also sells authentic merchandise, made in the Isle of Man and available at very reasonable prices.
For executive travellers, or those looking for little luxury before a flight, the Rendezvous Executive Lounge provides relaxing surroundings and the chance to enjoy a few pre-flight snacks. Complimentary drinks, snacks and wireless internet can make the wait for a flight extremely enjoyable. Travellers can sit back, read a newspaper or watch the TV while waiting for their flight to be called. Ronaldsway airport is the gateway to a very friendly, welcoming and picturesque part of the world. Located against the stunning backdrop of the Irish Sea, it is an airport befitting the beautiful Isle of Man.