Airport director Ann Reynolds says she is already in talks with a number of airlines following the shock closure of Citywing.
And she says she is confident that services can be restored to Northern Ireland and Scotland at least.
Meanwhile, passenger watchdog TravelWatch has described the demise of Citywing as a ’real blow’.
And the loss of the air operator could have a wider impact on jobs at the airport.
Citywing employed about 10 staff but its handling agent Rendezvous employs about 12 to 15.
Rendezvous provides other services such as SpeedyPark and the Executive Lounge. Staff were informed last night and are expected to learn early next week what impact the loss of the handling service will have on jobs.
Terry Liddiard, aviation spokesman for TravelWatch said: ’The news of the termination of all Citywing services comes as a real blow - to the island, to their dedicated staff, and to the hundreds of passengers who have been travelling with them every month on services which, until its recent difficulties, have proved to be reliable and punctual.
’The well publicised loss of its airline operator - something totally outside Citywing’s control - has proved to be too big a hurdle to overcome.’
He added: ’The Citywing routes played an important role for the Isle of Man, and it is hoped that an alternative operator can be found as soon as possible.’
Airport director Ms Reynolds said: ’I’m already talking to a number of airlines and looking at routes to support the leisure and business markets.
’I’m confident we will get something for Northern Ireland and Scotland. Other routes will take a slightly second step.’