Skybus Is ‘Success Story Of The Summer’ For Exeter Airport

skybus twin otterExeter Airport says Skybus flights to the Isles of Scilly have been “the success story of the summer.”

Commercial Manager Richard Broadley says 12,000 passengers used the airport as a gateway to the islands in 2013, a massive 450% increase on previous years.

Skybus now run up to five flights a day out of the airport.

Four dedicated members of ground staff have been trained up to serve customers and he says they understand the issues that can affect flights to the islands, like bad weather.

And they’re seeing more people taking onward flights to other parts of the country with airlines like FlyBe.

Richard says the journey to Scilly on board the small Twin Otter aircraft is so different from the usual budget airline flight that it should be promoted as part of the holiday experience.

Flying low over Dartmoor and the Cornish coast, he says, with such an amazing view out of the window, is something people would normally pay a lot extra for in other holiday destinations.

The airport is keen to tap into the market for weekend breaks on the islands and Richard feels the potential for these could be massive, especially now that Sunday flying has been approved by the Council.

Exeter is ideally placed to benefit from this, he says, having shorter travel distances by road to other major cities like Bristol, Southampton and London, as well as good train links.

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