International connections, local workforce
Airports provide connections across the world to passengers in catchment areas which can extend many miles beyond their boundaries (for example, more than seven million people live within a two-hour journey time of Bristol Airport). However, when it comes to our workforce, people tend to be drawn from closer to home, as shown by this ‘heatmap’.
Distribution of on-site employees at Bristol Airport
In the case of Bristol Airport, around a third of the c. 4,000 people working on our site come from North Somerset, the local authority area in which we are situated. Of these, more than half live in Weston-super-Mare, with the remainder drawn from towns and villages including Portishead, Nailsea, Clevedon and Yatton.
The introduction of the Weston Flyer bus has made jobs at the airport even more accessible for residents of towns and villages along the route, contributing to a significant growth in patronage for this service, on which passenger are up an impressive 88 per-cent year-on-year.
Airport staff can also be found in local villages like Backwell, Downside, Winford and Wrington, from where the daily commute to Lulsgate is even more convenient! Not only is this good for the local economy, it helps us better understand the issues and concerns of local communities because we are part of them.
As we grow, there will be even more career opportunities for local people at Bristol Airport. Find out more by visiting the careers page of our web site.