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Airport expansion plans unveiled

Exeter Airport sign
Campaigners oppose the expansion plans on environmental grounds

More than 2,000 new jobs could be created under plans to expand an airport in Devon.

Exeter International Airport has unveiled its expansion plans in a draft master plan, ordered by the government.

It highlights an expected increase in on-site jobs from 1,400 to 3,550 by 2030 and looks at more destinations and improvements to taxiways.

The plan also anticipates the airport's local economic contribution rising from 105m to 264m over the same period.

But some campaigners have opposed the airport's expansion plans.

The environmental group, Friends of the Earth, said plans to increase annual passenger numbers from one million to three million by 2030 would be bad for the environment and the effects on climate change would outweigh any economic benefits.

The Draft Master Plan is open for public consultation for three months.

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