Just nine passengers handed via Exeter airport in May according to calamitous figures which show the depths of the vacation crisis gripping Britain.
Traveller numbers plunged from almost a hundred,000 a yr previously, airport bosses revealed in proof to East Devon Council as they sought a bailout.
There were still 99.5pc much less guests in July than final yr and the airport faces a £620,000 monthly bill for organization charges.
East Devon Council has handed a help package deal which will allow £180,000 of the bill to be paid out over the subsequent a few several years – the maximum authorized beneath EU point out aid regulations.
The slump has been mirrored across Britain like at massive hub airports these types of as Heathrow, forcing airways and relevant corporations to lay off tens of thousands of team in a fight to survive as a golden age for air vacation arrived to crashing halt.
All round, passenger numbers at UK airports could plunge by 40pc yr on yr, according to Airways UK’s forecasts for the 12 months to July 2021.
Exeter suffered the double whammy when regional airline Flybe collapsed in March adopted by the pandemic that grounded planes throughout the world.
It is a spectacular fall from grace following 1m passengers utilized the website in a 12-thirty day period time period for initially time in 2019.