Just nine travellers handed by Exeter airport in May well in accordance to calamitous figures which show the depths of the travel crisis gripping Britain.
Traveller figures plunged from almost one hundred,000 a year previously, airport bosses discovered in evidence to East Devon Council as they sought a bailout.
There were still ninety nine.5pc much less readers in July than past year and the airport faces a £620,000 bill for business enterprise rates.
East Devon Council has handed a aid offer which will allow £180,000 of the bill to be compensated in excess of the subsequent 3 a long time – the utmost allowed below EU point out help guidelines.
The slump has been mirrored across Britain which includes at enormous hub airports this sort of as Heathrow, forcing airways and connected companies to lay off tens of hundreds of employees in a battle to survive as a golden age for air travel arrived to crashing halt.
General, passenger figures at UK airports could plunge by 40pc year on year, in accordance to Airways UK’s forecasts for the 12 months to July 2021.
Exeter suffered the double whammy when regional airline Flybe collapsed in March followed by the pandemic that grounded planes throughout the world.
It is a dramatic drop from grace following 1m travellers utilized the internet site in a 12-month time period for 1st time in 2019.