Exeter Airport is celebrating the start of Ryanair’s first ever flights from the airport with three new routes to Malta, Malaga and Naples all starting this week.
The twice-weekly flights are expected to attract up to 85,000 customers a year to Exeter Airport, taking passenger numbers over the one million mark. And Ryanair has announced that its services to Malaga and Malta will continue through the winter.
To cater for extra demand the airport is investing almost £1 million in new facilities including a passenger pre-flight boarding area with a new entrance from the departure lounge.
Ryanair’s first flight from Exeter to Malta departed this morning (April 2) and the first flights to Malaga in Spain, and Naples in Italy, depart on Wednesday (April 3).
Exeter Airport Managing Director Matt Roach said: “This is the first time we have welcomed Ryanair to Exeter and we’re thrilled to offer customers even more choice from their local airport to these popular sunshine destinations. We’re gearing up for a busy 2019 with over 40 routes across the UK and Europe, and we continue to invest in the airport’s facilities to meet growing demand. Having previously been voted the world’s happiest airport, we want to make sure passengers continue to have a great experience flying out of Exeter.”
Ryanair’s Roseanne Regan said: “We’re delighted to officially launch our first ever Exeter flights, at our 21st UK airport, with the start of our twice weekly service to Malta, one of three new Exeter summer 2019 routes in addition to Malaga and Naples. We’re also pleased to announce our twice weekly services to Malta and Malaga will continue for winter 2019, which will help deliver 85,000 customers through the airport this year. To celebrate low fares officially arriving at Exeter, we are releasing seats for sale from Exeter from just €14.99 for travel in April and May,which are available for booking until midnight, Thursday 4th April. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”
Commenting on Ryanair’s first departure from Exeter to Malta, Peter Vella, Director UK & Ireland, Malta Tourism Authority, said; “We are delighted that Ryanair has invested in connecting Exeter with Malta, which raises Ryanair’s total number of regional connections from the UK to Malta to 17. Ryanair is Malta’s most connected airline for British tourists and with the UK market accounting for nearly a quarter of all holidaymakers to our three islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino, Ryanair is a strategic partner growing tourism. Tourists are drawn all year round to the islands as they have so much to offer from, Europe’s best diving spots to world-class music festivals and streets brimming with history and culture.”