Exeter International Airport Delays
Exeter Airport - Various Facilities, Many Airlines and even more Passengers
Exeter International Airport is situated at Clyst Honiton in East Devon District, approximately 45 kilometres from the city centre of Exeter, South-West England. The airport is surrounded by some of Exeter's most famous attractions including Shute Barton, Castle Drogo, Manstree Vineyard, Putts Corner Caravan Club Site, Powderham Castle, Bicton Park Gardens, Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve, Exeter Racecourse, Bickleigh Castle, and the House of Marbles & Teign Valley Glass.
The airport's Concourse Shop sells novels, confectionary, daily and weekly newspapers, fashion magazines, and various flight accessories. The We Make Café offers a wide selection of snacks drinks, and sandwiches. Apart from offering spirits, wines, beers, light snacks, and soft drinks, its bar also allows you to enjoy extensive views of the airfield. A bureau de change can be found in the main check-in, and there are various ATM cash machines throughout the airport accepting MasterCard, Cirrus, Visa, American Express, Link cash cards, and Maestro. In addition, there is a spacious parking area, disabled facilities, and an on-site conference room which can seat up to 12 people. The airport's departure lounge is designed to offer you maximum comfort and style before you take your flight. Its executive lounge frees you from the hustle and bustle of the airport terminal. You can sit at any of the lounges and enjoy some refreshments or snacks as you finalise your business at the airport.
Major airlines using the airport include Aegean Airlines, Air Europa, Air Malta, Flybe, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways. Flybe serves Amsterdam, Belfast City, Dusseldorf, Dublin, Edinburg, Geneva, Guernsey, Jersey, Manchester, and Majorca.
Latest reports released by the Civil Aviation Authority indicate the airport served about 730,000 in 2013. This is a 5% increase in passenger numbers from the previous year. With a comprehensive plan of future development, the airport hopes that by the year 2030 the airport will be able to cope with an estimated 3.4 million passengers with journeys starting or ending at Exeter International Airport.
The Airport's interesting History
The airport has a very interesting history. It started operating as a grass strip for a local flying club in the early 1930s and later served as RAF Fighter Command Base during the Second World War with hundreds of RAF fighter squadrons being stationed there until 1944. It was also used by the United States Air Forces' Ninth Force to transport paratroopers to Normandy during the dangerous D-Day Landings. After the Second World War, the airfield was reclaimed by a French Supermarine Spitfire squadron and the RAF Fighter Command. In 1947, it was handed over to the Ministry of Civil aviation and made available to the civilians for civil aviation. A number of improvements were made including construction of a new terminal building and extension of runways. With numerous scheduled flights flying in and out of the airport every day, it remains one of the busiest and most reliable cargo and passenger airports in the United Kingdom.