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Bristol Airport Welcomes Government Support for Making Best Use of Existing Runway Capacity

Created: 5th Jun 2018

Bristol Airport has welcomed the Government’s confirmation of its support for airports throughout the UK making best use of their existing runways.

Simon Earles, Planning & Sustainability Director at Bristol Airport, said:
“The Government recognises that aviation matters more than ever in providing the connectivity the country needs.  By providing clear policy support for airports with plans for sustainable growth, the Government has given lift-off to regions like the South West where demand for air travel is forecast to increase.

“The next challenge is to deliver better connections to the road and rail network, making it easier for passengers across the UK to access their local airport.  Air travel should be part of an integrated transport network, and enhancing surface links is key to unlocking the full economic potential of regional airports by making best use of existing capacity.”

Bristol Airport is currently preparing a new Master Plan which will set out potential development required to handle up to 20 million passengers per annum from the existing runway by the mid-2040s. The first phase of this growth will be facilitated through the submission of a planning application to our local authority later this year. Currently the ninth busiest airport in the UK, and the fifth largest outside London, Bristol Airport handled 8.1 million passengers in 2017. 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.

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