Isle of Man Airport Guide (IOM)
Also known as Ronaldsway Airport – or Purt Aer Vannin in the Manx tongue – Isle of Man Airport is one of two main gateways to the island. Located close to the capital, Douglas, it has scheduled services to the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands.
The latest improvements to Isle of Man airport have included extension of the runway to handle larger aircraft.
The airport information desk (tel: (01624) 821 600) is located in the main terminal hall. It also provides local tourist information.
From Douglas follow the main A5 road southwest towards Castletown, following the signs to the airport.
From April to October, it is possible to reach the airport via the historic Isle of Man Steam Railway (tel: (01624) 662 525; www.gov.im). There is a request stop within a few minutes’ walk of the terminal – it is necessary to hail the driver in order to board or to inform the guard in advance where you wish to alight if travelling to the airport. Trains operate four to six times daily between Douglas and Port Erin via Castletown. A single fare costs £2.70 and the journey time to Douglas is around 40 minutes.
Bus: Bus Vannin (tel: (01624 662 525; www.gov.im) services 1 and 2 operate daily between Douglas, the airport, Castletown and Port Erin. Additionally, route 8 runs Mon-Sat from the airport to Peel and intermediate destinations. Journey time to Douglas is 25 minutes, to Peel 30 minutes, and to Castletown 7-8 minutes. The single fare to Douglas is £2.70.
Taxi: Taxis are available immediately outside the terminal building. Fares are displayed on a board by the taxi rank – to Douglas, expect to pay around £25 depending on time of day.
There is a letterbox near the information desk and public telephones can be found throughout the terminal. Free Wi-Fi is available in the departure lounge.
There is a self-service restaurant on the first floor of the terminal. There are a bar and café in the departures lounge.
There is a branch of WH Smith adjacent to the restaurant, which sells newspapers, magazines, books and postcards. There is another shop in Departures. Duty-free is not currently available as there are no flights to non-EU destinations.
Left luggage services are available in the check-in area. Lost property is administered by Airport Security, which can be contacted on (01624) 821 612.
There is a small business centre offering services such as photocopying, fax etc. There is also a small meeting room (tel: (01624) 821 601) which can be booked in advance. More extensive conference and meeting facilities are available in the main Douglas hotels at the nearby Mount Murray Hotel (tel: (01624) 661 111; www.mountmurray.com).
Special assistance is available for disabled passengers – this should be pre-arranged with the airline concerned. In the terminal there are disabled toilets, wheelchair-height telephones and a loop system to assist with PA announcements. There is a designated waiting area in Departures for wheelchair users and spaces in the short-stay car park closest to the terminal are available at long-stay rates for disabled badge holders.
Both short and long-stay parking is available close to the terminal. The first 30 minutes are free of charge. Valet parking is available (tel: (01624) 821 600.
Athol Car Hire, Isle of Man Rent A Car (agents for Hertz, Europcar, National and Thrifty) and Mylchreests Car Rental (representing Avis) have offices at or near the airport.