Growth continues at Bristol Airport ahead of busy summer
Created: 14th May 2015
More than half a million (538,879*) passengers used Bristol Airport in April, a record for the month. An increase of 7.1 per cent on the same period in 2014, April’s strong performance ensured a thirteenth consecutive month of growth at the South West’s largest airport.
Charter and scheduled airlines carried more passengers, with standout figures for bmi regional which saw traffic grow following the launch of new services to Paris and Düsseldorf. Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Ryanair and Thomas Cook also recorded strong growth in April.
With charter airlines commencing their summer programmes in May, further growth is forecast this month, setting up what is expected to be a record holiday season. New destinations on offer include Bilbao, lsle of Man, Porto, Gibraltar and Catania (Sicily) with easyJet, and new Thomson flights and holidays to Cape Verde, Paphos (Cyprus) and Hurghada (Egypt) from Thomson. 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 scheduled to open in July. Beyond the Airport boundary improvements to the transport system across the West of England, including the construction of a South Bristol Link, are in the pipeline and will enhance access from the north, east and west once completed.
Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive at Bristol Airport, said:
“Growth in passenger numbers supports investment in facilities such as the eastern terminal extension which will create additional space and seating, as well as a wider choice of shops and restaurants. It also demonstrates to airlines the strength of the market for air travel in the South West as we work to attract exciting new routes to add to the 100+ already on offer from Bristol.”
Earlier this year 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. However, during the busy summer season passengers are reminded to allow sufficient time for their journey to the Airport, and should arrive at least two hours ahead of their scheduled time of departure to ensure all essential processes can be completed.
*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).