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Exeter Airport reveals best month in eight years

By November 8, 2016January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, Transport

Exeter Airport has revealed its best month for passenger numbers in eight years after smashing through the 100,000 mark.


Figures just released show the airport handled 100,374 passengers in August this year, a 5% increase on the previous August and the first time since September 2008 that over 100,000 people have passed through the terminal in a single month.


And there was a huge 19% increase during August in the numbers of people flying within the UK, buoyed by 3,300 people using the Exeter to Norwich service. This was launched in March and was the first route in the UK to be supported by the Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund.


Exeter Airport managing director Matt Roach said: “Passing the 100,000 monthly milestone means our strategy to grow both domestic and overseas routes is really paying off. New flights to Norwich and Glasgow have boosted domestic traffic, while our sunshine routes remain hugely popular.


“The Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund has been vital to getting the Norwich service up and running. We hope to see a further round of funding to support continued expansion of regional air services, recognising the critical role they play in supporting local economies.”


Matt added that overall passenger numbers in the first six months of this financial year (April to September) had grown 3% to 518,360, with year-on-year domestic passenger numbers increasing by 13% in September.


This will be the fourth consecutive year of growth at Exeter Airport, which handled 816,379 passengers in 2015, compared to 763,902 the year before, an increase of 6.9%. The last time the airport had more than 800,000 passengers was in 2009.


Matt said the airport’s continued focus on the business community through its Connects initiative was raising awareness of domestic routes like London City, Manchester and Newcastle, and connections to international hubs like Paris. Amsterdam and Dublin.


Exeter Airport has just published its 2017 schedule which is available to download here. Since June 2013, the airport has been owned by Regional & City Airports (RCA), the airport division of Rigby Group plc, which also owns Norwich International Airport and Coventry Airport.


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About Exeter Airport

Exeter Airport is part of Regional & City Airports, the airport management division of Rigby Group plc. The airport is home to Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, and aircraft from many other airlines such as Thomson, Thomas Cook, Air Malta and the Isles of Scilly Skybus operate holiday flights from the airport. It is also used by business jets, commercial flight training schools and by military aircraft for training.



About The Rigby Group plc

Rigby Group plc is the parent company for a portfolio of family-owned and highly successful businesses operating across Europe and the Middle East.  Diversifying from its origins as a principally technology-led business, Rigby Group plc has evolved across the last 41 years – through smart, strategic acquisitions – into a £1.8Bn British success story with more than £960m in gross assets and 7,500 employees.

Rigby Group comprises six key divisions: Aviation (British International Helicopters and Capital Air Charter), Technology (SCC – Europe’s largest independent IT services business), Airports (Regional & City Airports, Norwich Airport, Exeter Airport and Coventry Airport), Hotels (the Eden Hotel Collection), Real Estate (Rigby & Rigby super prime property development, Rigby Group Real Estate and Imperial Park, Coventry) and Finance (Rigby Private Equity, Rigby Investments and Rigby Capital).

With two generations of the Rigby family at the helm, Rigby Group has built a distinguished reputation as both an investor and business operator; renowned for its independent thinking, seamless execution and a peerless approach to acquiring and nurturing businesses to unleash their potential. Our target, within the next decade, is to double the achievements of the past 40 years – creating a £4Bn business by 2025 that will make Rigby Group, arguably, the most successful wholly-owned family business the UK has ever produced.

About Regional & City Airports (RCA)

Regional & City Airports (RCA) is Rigby Group’s highly-innovative airport management company. RCA owns and operates Exeter Airport, Norwich Airport and Coventry Airport, holds management contracts for Blackpool International Airport, City of Derry Airport and Lee on Solent, and is actively building its portfolio of owned or managed airport assets across the next five years.
Regional airports are vitally important to the economic development of regions, not just in the UK but across the world. To survive and prosper, smaller regional airports need to cooperate and collaborate – enabling them to benefit from the economies of scale and sharing of best practice traditionally enjoyed by larger hub airports. This is the vision behind RCA.
RCA has built a reputation as an efficient, safe and commercially-savvy airport operator, driving improvements to route development, commercial revenues, operating costs and capital investment in order to deliver a consistently sound commercial return. As RCA grows it is increasingly able to leverage significant buying power and shared expertise. Already employing more than 650 people, RCA is on its way to becoming a leading player in the regional airport sector and is taking advantage of the lack of capacity at major hub airports in the UK to demonstrate how regional airports can ease the strain.




For more information contact:


Jason Clark, DCA Public Relations, [email protected], 01208-77900, 07980-834368