May 25, 2024

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Exeter airport had just nine passengers in May

Just nine passengers handed through Exeter airport in May possibly according to calamitous figures which demonstrate the depths of the journey crisis gripping Britain.

Traveller numbers plunged from just about a hundred,000 a 12 months earlier, airport bosses revealed in evidence to East Devon Council as they sought a bailout.

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

East Devon Council has handed a help package which will allow £180,000 of the bill to be paid out about the next three several years – the utmost allowed underneath EU point out help guidelines.

The slump has been mirrored throughout Britain together with at large hub airports such as Heathrow, forcing airlines and connected organizations to lay off tens of thousands of staff members in a battle to endure as a golden age for air journey arrived to crashing halt.

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

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

It is a spectacular fall from grace after 1m passengers utilized the website in a twelve-month time period for very first time in 2019.