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Exeter Airport says passenger numbers are back to pre-recession levels.
Latest monthly figures show continued growth with 800,000 passengers in a 12 month period for the first time since 2009.
The Managing Director says the following changes have also helped
- Flybe's London City route which started nine months ago
- Extra services to Manchester with Flybe
- The return of the Newcastle service
- The latest route to Deauville Normandy, which started in June
The company predicts that, with the extension of the Flybe summer season for the Alicante, Malaga and Palma Mallorca flights, the rise in passengers through Exeter will continue.
Business in the region has received a major boost with the news that Exeter Airport is to host flights to some of the biggest continental holiday destinations. It follows a change of heart by airline Flybe which had previously axed the routes.
The decision means holidaymakers will be able to fly directly from the West Country to the Mediterranean.
Flights to and from Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma were going to be scrapped - but the airline now says they'll be back in March.