Airport expansion bid wins council support

PUBLISHED: 15:59 18 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 June 2010

MONDAY, AUGUST 18: AIRPORT expansion plans to the east of Exeter have earned the support of the District Council. Despite concern of environmentalists, councillors at East Devon District Council the planning authority for the area have backed plans to treble the airpor

AIRPORT expansion plans to the east of Exeter have earned the support of the District Council.Despite concern of environmentalists, councillors at East Devon District Council - the planning authority for the area - have backed plans to treble the airport's capacity.Peter Halse said: "This will be a big employment site and it will be crucial that the council gives its full support. If we don't give our support it will damage East Devon quite seriously."Council deputy leader Ray Franklin gave his full agreement. Long-term expansion plans at the airport could see capacity reach 3.4 million passengers by 2030, with a new terminal in the pipeline at the Clyst Honiton facility. The current terminal can deal with a maximum two million annual passengers, with nearly 1,000,000 through the gates in 2006/2007.

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