Extra Flybe flights from Exeter Airport to benefit Enterprise Zone

PUBLISHED: 17:32 22 October 2018

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Airline operator Flybe has announced a raft of new winter flights - a move that has been mooted to benefit Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone.

The firm recently added some extra flights on key business routes from Exeter Airport, bringing improved national and international connectivity for corporate and leisure trips.

The new schedule starts this Sunday (October 28) and includes several enhancements, with up to 110 flights a week to 17 destinations.

The move has been heralded by Councillor Ian Thomas, chairman of East Devon District Council.

He said: “Having a growing Airport in East Devon which provides connectivity to key European hubs is a significant part of our credentials as a thriving location for business.

“I am delighted with Flybe’s winter schedule as it really adds to these credentials and provides opportunities for onward international travel for both business and leisure trips.

“Alongside our own investment in improving public transport services we look forward to the Airport and Flybe continuing to flourish.”

Flybe is introducing a second daily flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle (excluding Saturdays when one flight operates) and improved timings - with an early morning departure.

The airline is also increasing flights to Amsterdam, from seven to 11 per week, with extra services on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday afternoons.

Flights to Manchester will also increase from three to four a day on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Matt Roach, Exeter Airport’s managing director said: “Increased frequency to hub airports has been central to our route development strategy, so we are delighted with progress.

“We are especially pleased about Paris because we believe there is significant potential on this route provided we can drive demand, and it creates more opportunities for seamless onward international connectivity with Flybe’s partner airline, Air France.”

The Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone covers four major employment sites close to Cranbrook, comprising start-ups and corporate HQs.

The zones are Skypark, Exeter Science Park, Cranbrook Town Centre and Exeter Airport Business Park Expansion.

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