April 14, 2024


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Exeter airport had just nine passengers in May

Just 9 passengers passed as a result of Exeter airport in Could in accordance to calamitous figures which demonstrate the depths of the journey crisis gripping Britain.

Traveller figures plunged from nearly one hundred,000 a 12 months earlier, airport bosses disclosed in evidence to East Devon Council as they sought a bailout.

There were still ninety nine.5pc much less website visitors in July than past 12 months and the airport faces a £620,000 invoice for enterprise premiums.

East Devon Council has passed a support package which will allow £180,000 of the bill to be paid more than the following three several years – the most permitted under EU condition assist rules.

The slump has been reflected throughout Britain like at substantial hub airports these types of as Heathrow, forcing airlines and similar corporations to lay off tens of hundreds of staff members in a battle to survive as a golden age for air journey came to crashing halt.

All round, passenger figures at UK airports could plunge by 40pc 12 months on 12 months, in accordance to Airlines UK’s forecasts for the 12 months to July 2021.

Exeter suffered the double whammy when regional airline Flybe collapsed in March followed by the pandemic that grounded  planes around the globe.

It is a extraordinary slide from grace right after 1m passengers employed the web page in a 12-thirty day period interval for 1st time in 2019.