No need for new runway

PUBLISHED: 13:13 07 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:45 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7: BUSINESS passengers and holidaymakers from Exmouth could soon forego the slog up to London and travel direct to North America by 2030 - without the controversy of a new runway. If the vision for the expansion of the airport is realised and continues at th

BUSINESS passengers and holidaymakers from Exmouth could soon forego the slog up to London and travel direct to North America by 2030 - without the controversy of a new runway.If the vision for the expansion of the airport is realised and continues at the same pace it has since 2003 - the airport has become one of the fastest growing in the UK - passengers could fly direct to countless more destinations without travelling to Heathrow or Gatwick.John Spooner, MD for Exeter International, said that in 2007 the airport handled more than one million passengers, and they were determined to help local people, business and visitors avoid the long and "unreliable" journeys to other airports.He said: "To achieve this requires the airport to grow its portfolio of routes, which currently stands at more than fifty, to other parts of the UK, Europe, North America and Canada."He added this could also give "in-bound" tourism to the region a boost - benefiting the economy - and this all could be done with no need to build new runways or to "significantly" extend the existing one.Passenger journeys by 2015 could almost double to 1.9 million a year, expanding to 3.4 million by 2030.

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