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Aviation Minister visits Bristol Airport

Created: 12th Feb 2015

Robert Goodwill MP views progress of Airport development programme.

Aviation Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, visited Bristol Airport today to view the latest developments to the terminal, including construction of an £8.6m eastern terminal extension set for completion this summer.

Mr Goodwill toured the terminal with the Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sinclair, viewing existing facilities, including the new central walkway which opened last summer. He was also shown computer generated images of the Airport’s overall development plans which will enable it to handle up to 10 million passengers per annum in future.

Speaking during his visit Aviation Minister, Robert Goodwill, said:
“I was pleased to hear that Bristol Airport have seen their highest ever passenger numbers of over 6.3 million last year, breaking their own record from 2008. Supporting our airports is part of this government’s long term economic plan. This growth is driven by the significant investment the airport is making in new infrastructure that I have seen today.”

Bristol Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sinclair, said:
“Regional airports have an important role to play in providing connectivity for the catchment areas they serve, making best use of the capacity that exists outside London and helping to rebalance the economy.

“We were delighted to show the Minister first-hand how Bristol Airport is making significant investment in new infrastructure which will enable us to grow the network of routes available, serve more passengers from South West England and South Wales, and enhance the customer experience in the process.”

A total of 6.3 million passengers used Bristol Airport last year, surpassing the previous annual record set in 2008. This represents a 3.45 per cent increase year on year, and a fifth consecutive year of growth for the South West’s largest airport. Further growth is forecast in 2015, with flights to a raft of new destinations set to commence this spring.

The Airport’s largest carrier, easyJet, has put new destinations on sale, including year-round services to Bilbao, Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Porto, while Thomson Airways will operate flights to Cape Verde for the first time, alongside new services to Hurghada in Egypt and Paphos, Cyprus. In addition, Wizz Air will enter the South West market for the first time, with twice weekly flights to Katowice in Poland from June.

Development of passenger facilities to cater for this increased demand continues, with work underway on an eastern terminal extension, improvements to car parks, and the construction of a 201 room Hampton by Hilton hotel. Beyond the Airport boundary, improvements to the transport system across the West of England, including the construction of a South Bristol Link, are underway and will enhance access from the north, east and west once completed.

Last month Bristol was named the world’s most punctual Airport in a league table measuring on-time performance compiled by leading global aviation provider OAG based on more than 43 million flight records.