From a tent to an expensive terminal
Previously known as Exeter International Airport, their very first landing took place on 31st May 1937, when S.W.A Scott of Air Dispatch Ltd landed a Leopard Moth, bringing films of the coronation of HM King George VI.
At the time this trusty airport was only operating from a tented terminal building, thankfully they have since spent millions to enhance your customer experience and continue to do so.
Now a regional success story, this user-friendly airport has over a million passengers a year choosing to start their holidays here.
A mixture of places to holiday to
The world is full of sensational landscapes, unforgettable cities and fascinating cultures, all out there waiting to be discovered by you.
That’s why when you’re searching for your next family fun adventures, girly getaway or All Inclusive holidays from Exeter Airport, the list of possibilities is never ending.
They’ve brought the world to your doorstep flying to over 40 countries, whether you fancy the winter sun of the Caribbean or you’re in need of a TUI Sensatori escape. Hosting over 114 flights a week and working with over 10 tour operators, you’ll only get the best of the best when flying from Exeter.
Expect to be entertained at Exeter Airport
You don’t have to rush through security to let the holiday fun begin. Right near the check-in desks you’ll find a range of first-class facilities to ensure you’re off to a smooth start.
Find cash machines with useful Euro and Sterling options, ideal if you booked a last minute holiday from Exeter Airport and forgot that all important travel money.
There’s also a WH Smiths on hand so you can grab the latest book in preparation for your flight or how about a freshly made sandwich from Cafe, We Make.
If that wasn’t enough, purchase a Fast Track pass to get you through to the terminal quicker, so you can take full advantage of the tax-free prices in World Duty Free.
Surround yourself in all the latest cosmetics, fragrances, confectionery, fashion accessories and spirits. If you can’t resist the temptation, you can use the Shop and Collect service which allows you to go on a buying spree and all you have to do is pick up your goodies on the way home.
Make those couple of hours feel like minutes in the Fed & Watered Wine & Dine restaurant. It’s the ideal spot for great views of the airfield and with an extensive cocktail and wine list, what’s not to love? Indulge in hot and cold meals of your choice, from a tasty full English to a beef burger.
With the free Virgin Wi-Fi system, you can upload a cheeky Snapchat picture of your pre-holiday feast.
You’ll be tempted to escape the hustle and bustle with the Executive Lounge calling your name. It’s a tranquil space providing you with runway views, comfortable seating and an unlimited supply of premium drinks and snacks.
To and from Exeter Airport
If you’re like us, your holiday starts as soon as you get in the car. You can kiss goodbye to stressful journeys because this handy airport is only 20 minutes down the road from Exeter city centre.
Don’t worry about getting lost, if you pop postcode EX5 2BD into your sat nav, it’ll take you straight to the terminal doors. If you’re ever in doubt, you’ll find the airport is carefully signposted along all major motorways such as the M5.
As for parking your car, you have four options. If you’ve managed to grab a cheap holiday from Exeter Airport, splash out a little extra cash and opt for the P2 short stay car park which offers premium parking just two minutes away from check-in.
Both the P3 and P4 long stay car parks require a complimentary shuttle bus service to the airport grounds, but are ideal if you’re heading on a lucky two week escape. Looking to surprise a loved one at arrivals? Check out P1 short stay car park and be one minute away from a huge welcome home.
You won’t find a railway station on the airport grounds but the closest station is only four kilometers away. Stop off at Exeter St David’s station which can be accessed by the national rail network and be welcomed by a bus link, ready to take you directly to the airport.
Extend your holiday from Exeter Airport
Start your holiday feeling refreshed and revived when you stay on airport grounds, you’ll be thankful of no manic morning rushes and unforeseen traffic issues.
Just a stone’s throw away from your terminal is the Hampton by the Hilton and it just so happens to be a handy 20 minutes away from Exeter city too. Wake up to a hot breakfast and leave your car parked in safe hands at the hotel itself with the stay, park and fly packages.
It has everything you need for a comfortable stay, with the fitness centre at your disposal, catch up with emails in the business centre and connect to the free Wi-Fi.
If you want to soak up Exeter’s historic roots, just outside the centre you’ll find the Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel which has your country house setting down to a tee. Surrounded by acres of beautifully tended gardens and woodland, it’s a sensational way to kick start your holiday.