It is expected that Ronaldsway Airport will be open through the night of the 6thI7th July 2001 to receive flights from all visiting Islands. It is therefore essential that all travel co-ordinators from member Islands inform us as soon as their flight arrangements have been made so that Ronaldsway can be notified of the flight schedules and airport staff can be rostered to handle incoming traffic and visitors to the Island.
Transport from the Airport and Sea Terminal will be organised to take competitors to their hotels.
The transport plan for the weeks competition is currently being developed. Venues for most of the sports are in Douglas and it will be necessary to start many of the competitions mid morning to avoid the 'rush hour' traffic. It is expected that around the Douglas loop there will be a bus every 10 minutes to move competitors to their respective venues. A more detailed plan for the sports competing outside Douglas will be presented nearer to the Games and will be included in the final programme.
As you are all aware, the Organising Committee for the 2001 Games will be organising a preview visit for the IIGA Executive and all member Islands in July 2000 where all those who attend will be able to visit the hotels and sports facilities at first hand. The proposed schedule for the visit is as follows:
Arrive 12th July 2000 Depart Sunday 16th July 2000
Arrive Saturday 15th July 2000 Depart Friday 21st July 2000
The Organising Committee and Individual sports co-ordinators will be available to answer all of your questions.
Traveling to the Isle of Man
For most teams the only option for getting to the Isle of Man will be by air. Manx Airlines will only be too welcome to provide you with quotes for charter flights. Also, Mike Bathgate the Games's Transport and Accommodation co-ordinator has a list of all the Charter companies which operate in Europe and he will be able to assist you with your travel plans.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
During the Summer months the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company operates a Sea Cat service from Liverpool to Douglas ( 2.30 hours ) and the Ben My Chree from Heysham ( Near Morecambe) to Douglas ( 3.30 hours ) and some teams may wish to consider these routes in conjunction with other ferries from mainland Europe.