Fact: London airports are basically completely full an unable to expand.
Whilst some are approaching capacity (LTN, STN, SEN and LCY are not), they are all able to expand and have plans to increase capacity. It's not like it's been in the news this week...
Fact: There is virtually no domestic UK air service
Completly incorrect - there's a large network of UK air services which carried more than 22 million pax in 2015, up almost 5% on 2014. I'm sure someone will have even more recent figures.
Fact: What domestic UK service exists is largely operated by FlyBe
Again incorrect. For 2015 FlyBe carried 5.23m pax, only just ahead of BA with 5.21m, whilst easyJet carried 6.7m domestic pax.
Fact: FlyBe is headquartered in Exeter
For an airline, as with any other company, the location of your HQ doesn't necessarily have a bearing on where you operate. FlyBe operate only a tiny percentage of their flights from EXT - there are other examples like LH, VS, TUI and even IAG.
Fact: The UK offers unique geography to offer connections from the US-Europe
But it is not unique, Ireland is arguably even better. Furthermore, there are areas of the UK with fare greater O/D potential.
Fact: BA have expressed very little interest in carrying connecting passengers and instead focus their energy on high value customers to London
When and where have they expressed this? Of course BA would prefer to only service O/D traffic, because of the higher yields. But in reality, they need the connecting traffic to continue offering their route portfolio.
Fact: The Southwest of England offers some of the most beautiful touristic sites you can see in the world
Now as a Devonian that I can agree with, however it's still not going to fill many seats.
Fact: Brexit will make English tourism more exotic to mainland Europeans and Americans alike
It really won't. It might make it cheaper in the short term due to currency fluctuations, but it's going to have a neutral to negative impact on visitor numbers.
Fact: With no domestic airline service, customers will be forced to fly into London and rent an expensive car to travel without a major airline serving Exeter nonstop from JFK, CDG, DXB, etc.
Nonsense. There are multiple public and private transport options and connecting Exeter to London. Not that you even have to do that - BRS is on hour up the road and offers access to multiple European hub airports, whist even EXT offers connections via MAN, AMS and CDG. But even looking at the whole of the South West, the O/D market to each destination is tiny - it couldn't even support holiday flights to Canada, and that was with a stop in BHX.
I'm with OP. There is enormous growth potential that's just being left on the table and I would be willing to bet anyone here real money that within 20 years, Exeter is a major intercontinental travel hub.
In which case, you'd be throwing your money away.
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