1. Councillors to examine Exeter Airport relief package

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A package of financial support to ensure Exeter Airport can avoid the "worst case scenario" of closure is set to be signed off by councillors this week.

    The double effect of both the collapse of Flybe, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic, has had a significant impact on the airport, leaving it facing a threat to its future existence.

    When Flybe, who accounted for 75% of the passengers numbers at the airport, went into administration on 5 March, it led to the loss of 931 jobs.

    This was followed by the coronavirus pandemic, with passenger numbers down by 94% during August.

    Exeter Airport

    East Devon District Council’s cabinet, when they meet on Wednesday night, will hear passenger numbers this year are expected to be between 80% and 90% down for the year with 96 employees facing redundancy.

    They will be asked to approve a package of measures to support the airport, including a further deferral of £180,000 business rate relief, forward-funding the airport’s share of the Long Lane Enhancement scheme to the tune of nearly £750,000, and endorsing the concept of a sustainable aviation cluster centred on Exeter Airport.

  2. Exeter Airport hopeful for future

    BBC Radio Devon

    Exeter Airport

    Despite recent pressure on the aviation industry, an Exeter Airport executive has expressed hope that recovery is in sight.

    Matt Roach, the managing director of the airport said flights were heading off to Alicante and Malaga at the weekend.

    He added they were slowly recovering from the Flybe collapse in March, which accounted for around 60% of passengers passing through Exeter.

    Mr Roach said: "Within the first week of Flybe's collapse we'd managed to replace around 40%, so clearly the Covid-19 pandemic has caused some challenges in the intervening period.

    "But we've got those airlines that had already agreed to take on the routes stating up again over the next few weeks and work will continue to replace the other routes."

  3. Dates announced for resumption of Southampton Airport routes

    Southampton Airport has confirmed the dates for the resumption of its routes to Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Belfast.

    The Loganair and Eastern Airways services will replace those lost when FlyBe collapsed in March, blaming the coronavirus pandemic for a slump in demand.

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  4. Council to purchase former Flybe academy

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Devon County Council has purchased the vacant former Flybe Training Academy after the airline collapsed in March.

    The Exeter-based airline said the impact of the coronavirus outbreak was partly to blame for its collapse.

    It is hoped the move will boost the county's economy after lockdown.

    Exeter College will run the new academy based at Exeter Airport - offering opportunities for young people across the region and for adults to retain or upskill into a chosen career.

    County council leader John Hart said as lockdown restrictions are gradually eased "we must plan for the future and do all we can to protect and improve our economy".

    The county council is investing almost £4m into the project.

  5. Last Flight to Newquay

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    Video caption: Cornwall Airport Newquay faces hard times after the collapse of Flybe and Covid-19.

    Cornwall Airport Newquay faces hard times and tough choices after the collapse of Flybe and Covid-19. Grace Dents presents.