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Bristol Airport seeks public views as it plans for the future

Created: 16th Nov 2017

Consultation commences on Master Plan priorities.

Bristol Airport has begun preparing a new Master Plan which will set out potential development to respond to increasing passenger demand forecast over the next three decades and beyond.

A ten week consultation begins today (16 November 2017) to seek views from the public on its priorities and initial concepts that will guide the airport in its development plans to respond to forecast demand of up to 20 million passengers a year by the mid-2040s. Feedback from individuals and organisations will help shape a draft Master Plan which will be subject to further consultation next spring.

Currently the ninth busiest airport in the UK, and the fifth largest outside London, Bristol Airport saw passenger numbers grow by more than 10 per cent in 2016, and will serve more than eight million passengers this year. Existing planning permission is already in place for facilities to handle up to ten million passengers a year, but this capacity is expected to be reached early in the next decade as demand for air travel to and from the South West of the UK continues to rise.

The consultation document, ‘Your airport: your views’, identifies five pillars which will guide the airport’s new Master Plan in order to meet the challenges and opportunities that emerging trends are expected to present aviation with in the future. These guiding principles are:

A number of design considerations influencing land use are examined, and three example scenarios showing indicative site layouts provide potential ways the airport could meet projected future demand.

Local communities, stakeholders, passengers and the public are invited to find out more and provide feedback online. Bristol Airport will hold a series of drop-in consultation events in local communities across the West of England for those wishing to speak to members of the airport management team first hand. Full details of the consultation, including dates and venues for the drop-in events, can be found by visiting

Janis Kong, Chairman of Bristol Airport, said:

“This year Bristol Airport celebrated its 60th anniversary and the region we serve has never looked more vibrant, diverse, innovative and exciting. To ensure we can continue to provide the connectivity vital to such a dynamic and outward-looking part of the world, we need to consider the next chapter in our story, up to and beyond our centenary year.”

Simon Earles, Planning and Sustainability Director at Bristol Airport, said:

“This consultation is the first step in preparing a strategic plan to meet the challenges and opportunities of the coming decades. We want to know what is important to our neighbours, passengers, airlines and business partners so we can take these opinions into account as we develop more detailed proposals. This will be the first of several opportunities for people to have their say and help shape Bristol Airport’s future.”

James Durie, Chief Executive of Chambers Of Commerce & Initiative at Business West comments

'We strongly welcome this consultation setting out exciting long term plans and ideas for further growth, development and improvement of Bristol Airport. Bristol, Bath and the wider South West region needs a successful international airport as a critical part of its infrastructure and fit for the future. At a time when the West of England spatial plan moves a stage closer and international links and improved connectivity become only more important we welcome the chance to input into these plans, and encourage all businesses to feed back their comments'

Ali Gayward, easy Jet UK country manager said:

“As the largest airline serving Bristol Airport, we are proud to have been part of the growth at the airport since we opened our base there over 15 years ago.

We welcome the proposal for expansion in the future, as long as such growth is delivered sustainably, and with costs carefully controlled.”

The Government recommends that airports produce Master Plans to inform local planning and provide transparency for stakeholders. Development requirements identified would then be subject to approval through a subsequent planning process in the future.

Consultation closes at midnight, Friday 26 January 2018.