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Local representatives view designs for the development of Bristol International
Local community representatives were today (22nd October) given a first glimpse of what Bristol International’s plans for the future development and enhancement of the airport could look like.
The quarterly meeting of the Airport Consultative Committee viewed computer generated images of a proposed terminal extension, and Alan Davies, Bristol International’s Director of Environment and Planning, outlined plans for infrastructure and facilities improvements expected to be included in a planning application to North Somerset Council soon.
The proposed development will enable the airport to handle 10 million passengers a year by 2016 (compared to just under 6 million in 2007). To achieve this, the current passenger terminal will be extended to the east and west, with other development concentrated on the north side of the airport site.
Other proposals include apron extensions connected to the enlarged terminal building by walkways, eliminating the use of airside buses for the majority of flights; additional car parking; an improved passenger pick-up and drop-off zone; a new fuel farm, with an underground storage option being considered; and new office accommodation.
Alan Davies, Director of Environment and Planning at Bristol International Airport, said:
“We are committed to developing and enhancing the airport’s role as a regional gateway for international travel. Demand for air travel to and from the South West is forecast to grow, and by increasing the choice of services we offer and enhancing the facilities we provide to passengers we can reduce reliance on airports outside the region.”
Work continues on the detailed proposals and supporting studies required as part of a planning application. Once complete, Bristol International will consult further with a wide range of stakeholders and make detailed plans available to the public for information and comment. All feedback will be carefully considered, and adjustments made to the scheme where appropriate, before submission to North Somerset Council.
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