Exeter is one of Flybe’s largest UK bases and is the overwhelming largest airline at the airport. As well as flying to a large number of UK cities they offer flights to 13 european cities.

UK flights from Exeter Airport: European flights from Exeter Airport.

Overview and History of Exeter Airport

Opened formally on 30th of July 1938, Exeter International Airport (EIA) has operated continuously since this time, serving as a base of operations for RAF sorties during World War Two. With civilian flights recommencing in 1952, Exeter was used for internal flights, to destinations including London and Cardiff.

EIA is now served by several airlines apart from Flybe, mostly flying to destinations in central and southern Europe; these include Air Malta (to, no surprise, Malta), Austrian Airways (to Innsbruck), First Choice Airways (to destinations in Greece and the Iberian Peninsula) and the Isles of Scilly Skybus to the Isles of Scilly.

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In the post war period Exeter has remained solidly around the same model, constrained perhaps by the small available area into which to expand, and major work was largely absent until 1981, when a project was launched to lengthen the runway and add a new visual control room, which replaced the old wartime structure.

More recently, Exeter Airport has changed hands a number of times, most recently in 2007, when it was bought for £60m by Regional and City Airports (Exeter) Ltd (RCA).

Exeter Airport Parking Facilities

EIA is served by four car parks. Car park number one is for short stays, and is priced at free for stays of 15 minutes and less, ranging up to £9.90 for stays of 4-6 hours. Stays of over 6 hours are charged at a flat fee of £44. Car park number two is designated Executive Premium and is for long stays.
Fees start at £16 for one day; up to 16 days is charged at £104, with additional days charged at £10 per day.

Car parks three and four are also long stay, with slightly lower fees, starting at £11 for one day to £99 for 16 days, with additional days charged at £6 per day. Car park bookings can be made via phone on 0845 050 7080 or online at Holiday Extras

Transport Links from Exeter Airport

EIA has transport links to Exeter and other parts of the South-west and beyond. Travellers can take advantage of bus, train taxi and car rentals for onward travel. By bus, two services (the 56 and 379) run to Exeter town centre.

Passengers must catch a taxi to Exeter St. Davids, Digby and Sowton or Exeter Central train stations from where they can take connecting services to other destinations in the south-west or other parts of the UK. A minibus transfer service is available for other connecting journeys; bookings can be placed on 01395 234 100.

Car rentals are available from Avis (01392 361 206 or 0870 686 6337), Eurocar (01392 363 520) or Hertx (01392 363 518). Corporate Cars, EIA’s authorised taxi service, is available on 01395 234 100 or by email at corp.cars@btopenworld.com.

Exeter Airport Conference and Business Facilities

With no major hotels or conference centres situated close to the airport, travellers are advised to use the transport links to go directly to Exeter city centre where they will find accommodation options available to suit every taste.

More well-known brands such as Express by Holiday Inn and Travelodge are supplemented by a host of local Bed and Breakfast and Youth Hostel lodgings, as well as independently owned pubs who welcome travellers.

Favourites include The Abode Exeter (with food by top chef Michael Caines, tel. 01392 319 955), St. Olaves Hotel (01392 217736) and the Globe Hotel (01392 873471). Exeter Conference Centre (07517422045) is the city’s premier centre for business functions and conferences, and caters for a wide range of events and meetings.

Exeter Information

As the administrative capital of Devon, Exeter is an ideal place to begin a visit to the south-east. Founded around 50AD, Exeter constituted the most south-westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain.

Some of the more notable reminders of Exeter’s rich architectural history are the Cathedral built in the middle of the 11th century, the Guildhall, which remains as the oldest municipal building still in use in the UK, the Custom House in the city’s pleasant Quay area, and the Northernhay Gardens, situated on the northern side of the Rougemont Castle, which is the oldest public space in Britain, having been established as a park in 1612.

But while the city itself has a long history it is young at heart, thanks to the large student population there is a wealth of bars and eateries, as well as a thriving nightlife and music circuit. Theatre and live music come by way of the Northcott Theatre and Phoenix Arts Centre, while notable bars and pubs include the Double Locks (Canal Banks, S of Town Centre, 01392 256947), the Vaults (8 Gandy St, town centre, (01393 203939), and the Ship Inn (St. Martins Lane, nr. Town centre 01392 272040).

For the more culturally inclined, Exeter Cathedral is a magnificent example of ancient architecture, dating from around 1400 (but with sections from 1050) and features the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England.

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