Exeter International Airport

Exeter International Airport

The Exeter Corporation was one of the first Municipal authorities, in January 1932, to identify a suitable site for the location of a Municipal Airport.

Exeter was one of many provincial cities to provide a licensed aerodrome on its outskirts in the late 1930s, partly to prepare for the development of airline traffic but also to be available for use in any future European war. A new company, Exeter Airport Ltd was formed by the Straight Corporation with offices at 17, Manchester Square, London W.1, to operate the airport on behalf of Exeter City Council. By the late 1930s, the Straight Corporation controlled 21 associated companies and managed airlines, airports and aero-clubs all over the UK.

Exeter Airport was first opened on 31st May 1937. It operated from a "tented" terminal before the permanent buildings were complete and the first airliner to use the airport was a Jersey Airways DH 86. It was greeted by the Mayor of Exeter, Alfred Anstey. The Mayor and civic leaders were then given a flight over the city.

The first commercial charter flight into Exeter was on Coronation Day 1937 when a Leopard Moth of Air Dispatch with their Chief Pilot, S.W. Scott landed with photographs of the Coronation for the Express and Echo newspaper. This was followed in the same month by a service to the Channel Islands by Jersey Airways and a steady growth in air services developed to the Channel Islands. Railway Air Services operated flights to Plymouth and Cardiff from Exeter.

Exeter International Airport is operated by Regional and City Airports Ltd (RCA) and the airport's Management Team oversee the daily running of the airport. Their aim is to make Exeter the Airport of Choice for the South West by exceeding passengers expectation and by meeting requirements of the airlines and other users whilst complying with the demands of the regulatory bodies.

RCA officially purchased the airport from Devon County Council for £60 million on 5 January 2007 and the company is backed by both the investment expertise and infrastructure development skills of Balfour Beatty, a world-class engineering, construction, services and investment business responsible for creating and caring for essential assets, utility systems and major structures.

Exeter has been one of the greatest airports for growth in passenger numbers in the UK during the past few years and the usage is documented in the CAA UK Airport Statistics.


Exeter International Airport
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