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Over 700,000 passengers used South West’s leading airport in August Bristol Airport recorded the busiest month in its history in August, handling over 700,000 passengers in a month for the first time ever. This surpassed the previous record of 691,000 set in the same month back in 2008. Passenger numbers were up by 4.11 per cent* over August last year and, following record totals for the months of June and July, completed a record-breaking summer. Total annual passenger numbers for 2013 are expected to pass the six million mark for the first time in five years. New or additional services to Corisca, Frankfurt and Dalaman all proved popular this summer. Business travel is also expected to continue the upward trend seen during the first half of the year following the end of the peak summer holiday season. Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, said: “When you consider that approximately the same number of passengers used Bristol Airport this August as passed through the old terminal in an entire year just over two decades ago, it puts the scale of this milestone in perspective and shows how far we have come. “Our record-breaking summer is a positive sign that consumer confidence is returning, which is good news for the South West economy as a whole. More and more people across the region are choosing Bristol when travelling for leisure or business, demonstrating the important role regional airports can play in meeting local demand for air travel. “The next major landmark in our sights is 7 million passengers per annum, which we hope to achieve in the next two to three years as we work towards our goal of becoming a world-leading regional airport handling 10 million passengers each year.” In 2012, Bristol Airport’s passenger numbers rose for the third successive year, up 2.8 per cent to 5.9 million, making Bristol the only airport in the UK’s top ten to see growth each year since the end of 2009. Bristol Airport is the UK’s fifth largest airport outside London and the ninth largest in the UK. Planning permission is in place to develop and enhance facilities to enable Bristol Airport to handle 10 million passengers per annum. Development commenced in November 2011 and the first of more than 30 separate projects – the construction of three new aircraft stands – was completed in spring 2012. Other major components include an extension to the terminal building to almost double its size; a new multi-level car-park with public transport interchange on its top level; and an on-site hotel.
*Due to differences in the way some flights are recorded, Bristol Airport figures may contain small variances when compared to those reported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
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