Exeter airport had just nine passengers in May

Just nine passengers handed via Exeter airport in Could in accordance to calamitous figures which present the depths of the travel disaster gripping Britain.

Traveller quantities plunged from just about a hundred,000 a year earlier, airport bosses disclosed in evidence to East Devon Council as they sought a bailout.

There were still 99.5pc much less people in July than very last year and the airport faces a £620,000 bill for business charges.

East Devon Council has handed a help offer which will allow £180,000 of the bill to be paid in excess of the next 3 years – the highest permitted less than EU state aid regulations.

The slump has been mirrored across Britain which include at big hub airports this kind of as Heathrow, forcing airways and relevant firms to lay off tens of hundreds of staff members in a battle to survive as a golden age for air travel arrived to crashing halt.

In general, passenger quantities 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 globally.

It is a dramatic slide from grace following 1m passengers applied the web-site in a 12-month period for 1st time in 2019.