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Exeter Airport returns to 2009 passenger levels

Exeter Airport says passenger numbers are back to pre-recession levels Credit: ITV News

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 increase of both inbound and outbound passengers has been largely driven by the return of Flybe's popular sun routes, their additional domestic services and our Thomson-based aircraft with flights to 15 popular holiday destinations.

– Exeter Airport managing director Matt Roach

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
Exeter Airport says the boost is partly down to Flybe's new London City route Credit: ITV News

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.

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Flybe confirms 'two crew' rule

The Exeter based airline Flybe has confirmed that it always has two members of the crew present in the cockpit at all times during a flight. Many airlines are reviewing their policy in the light of the tragedy in the French Alps.

Flybe observe the two crew rule Credit: Flybe

Exeter airport to host flights to top summer holiday destinations

Flybe says flights to Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma will return in March. Credit: Flybe

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.

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Flybe to resume flights from Exeter to London

Exeter-based airline Flybe has announced plans to run services three times a day to London. For passengers it means the return of a direct link from Devon to the capital. Flybe is Europe's largest regional airline, but it's suffered in the past 18 months.

It's had to cut its budget by £40 million and make 450 staff redundant. Our Business Correspondent Seth Conway reports.

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