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Situated close to the city of Exeter in Devon, Exeter International Airport handles around one million passengers a year and is a leaving point for a number of popular UK and European destinations. With excellent road links to nearby towns and cities via the M5 motorway, but no rail link in the vicinity, Exeter draws on a local populace who use the facilities for holidays and business travel and is a thriving provincial airport.
Once a military airfield – RAF Exeter was home to three fighter squadrons that played a vital part in the Battle of Britain – the airport first began commercial flights in 1952 when scheduled flights to the Channel Islands began. Jersey and Guernsey are still serviced by this busy and well used airport which underwent major expansion in the 1980’s, along with a variety of European destinations – Malta, Menorca and Rhodes among them – and even a scheduled service to Toronto in Canada.
The fast growing and well used low cost airline Flybe has its headquarters at Exeter airport and is the provider of most of the flights from the airport, and the Isle of Scilly Skybus also flies out of Exeter in the high season, taking holidaymakers to the popular islands.
With ongoing improvements to the adequate facilities happening on an almost constant basis Exeter Airport has filled a niche market for air travel in the West Country and is set to continue to service the area for years to come, and is one of the few provincial airports offering a regular transatlantic service.