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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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Exeter-based Flybe post upbeat trading results

Flybe says it's on course to return to profit Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Exeter-based airline Flybe says it's on course to return to profit following its third quarter trading results. UK scheduled revenue per seat was up 2.3 per cent, while costs per seat (excluding fuel and restructuring costs) were down 5.2 per cent.

Last year the airline posted losses of £41m and announced 500 job cuts - more than 100 of them in Exeter. In November it announced a new management team. It now says job losses will be down to 450.

New route in the summer

A new air route between Newquay and Birmingham will start next summer.

The airline Flybe plans a direct service which will run 7 days a week from May.

The airport lost its link to London Gatwick earlier this month. Managers welcome the news and hope tourism in the South West will benefit.

The airline Flybe plans a direct service between Newquay and London to run 7 days a week from May.
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