Flights into and out of Exeter and Newquay airports are subject to delay caused by problems at the national air traffic control centre in Hampshire. But the disruption is not as great as that being experienced at major terminals including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
At Exeter, a flight from Belfast due to land at 0820 is not expected until 1030. The Paris departure scheduled for 0845 is now not expected to leave until 1130. The service to Amsterdam which was due to take off at 1015 is now due to leave at 1105.
At Newquay, there are delays to services to and from Gatwick. But both Newquay and Exeter are advising passengers to check in as normal.
The Chairman of the Rigby Group, which has just acquired Exeter International Airport from Balfour Beatty says:
We believe in the importance of regional airports and of their value to the local and regional communities and of their important contribution and place in the local economies. We are intent on developing our aviation business, within the Rigby Group, and we have made a significant acquisition here, and recently with the acquisition of British International Helicopters. We now intend to consolidate both of these opportunities with a view to being a leading group in the sectors of regional airports and helicopter operations. Approximately 450 jobs are now sustained in our aerospace activities.
– Sir Peter Rigby, Chairman, The Rigby Group
The Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty says:
We are pleased to have come to an arrangement that ensures the future viability of the airport for its staff and the local community it serves.
– Andrew McNaughton, Chief Executive, Balfour Beatty
The company that owns Coventry Airport has taken over Exeter International Airport from Balfour Beatty plc for an undisclosed sum.
The Rigby group, which has also recently acquired British International Helicopters, will bring the airport into its Patriot Aerospace division. It says the move shows its commitment to regional aviation and will secure 305 jobs.
Our Business Correspondent Seth Conway reports on how Bristol and Exeter Airports are working to encourage passengers to use them rather than travelling further afield. Both have expansion plans which will bring more destinations and flights.