Air Malta has celebrated its 20th anniversary of operations at Exeter Airport, with three-hour summer flights to the Mediterranean archipelago having commenced in 1990.
These were soon extended to the winter and shoulder months, with Air Malta now planning to introduce a charter service from April 2011 that will run throughout the summer.
Jamie Christon, Exeter Airport’s managing director, said he is "pleased" to mark Air Malta’s two decades of operations.
"This charter operation is very important for us as people can travel to Malta from an airport that is closer to home," he explained.
"Exeter Airport and Air Malta are providing a direct link for the airport’s catchment area of about two million people."
Victor Mifsud, Air Malta’s head of charter sales, echoed Mr Christon’s sentiments and thanked both the airport and the locals, many of whom have become loyal customers of the airline.
Exeter is expecting its busiest summer ever in terms of passenger numbers after Thomas Cook announced the launch of flights to Monastir in Tunisia from the airport.