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26 Flybe flights cancelled as Storm Callum batters West Country

passengers are reminded to check before they travel. Credit: PA

Flybe has cancelled 26 flights arriving and departing from Newquay and Exeter airport.

The cancellations are a result of high winds caused by Storm Callum.

Flights are due to resume as normal this afternoon but passengers are still reminded to check before they travel.

In a statement, the airline say:

The safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority and we will, as always, do everything possible to minimise any disruption due to the adverse weather conditions.

– Flybe

Exeter Airport flights cancelled following Storm Emma

There are currently no flights to and from Exeter and Heathrow Airports. Credit: PA

There will be no flights to or from Exeter and Heathrow Airport due to "wintry conditions" authorities have said.

Passengers are being advised to check the status of their flight before travelling.

Although the runway is currently being cleared, staff say nothing is expected to depart before 10:30 this morning.

West MPs urge Chancellor not to give control over air passenger duty to Welsh Assembly

Credit: ITV West Country

30 Conservative MPs from across the South West are urging the Chancellor not to give control over air passenger duty to the Welsh Assembly in next week's budget.

They say that if the Assembly decided to cut or abolish the duty, it would leave regional airports in the West Country at a commercial disadvantage.

Credit: ITV West Country

In a letter to George Osborne, they warn of an 'extremely severe' impact on the region's economy.

I want the Chancellor to not devolve APD to Wales and I want him in his budget next week to announce that he's not going to do that to give us economic certainty for Bristol Airport and, by extension, the South West as well.

That's why 30 South West MPs have signed it and one of the reasons that we work so closely together, the Conservative members of the South West, is so that we can use our numerical strength at times like this.

– Liam Fox MP, North Somerset

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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.

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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