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Bristol Airport showcasing the South West at global route development conference

Created: 8th Apr 2019

A team from Bristol Airport is promoting the South West at the World Route Development Conference in Hannover, Germany this week (8 – 10 April 2019). The conference provides an annual opportunity for the world’s top airlines and airports to explore potential new route opportunities.

Key criteria when considering new services are the economic strength of the region an airport serves and its potential to attract inbound tourists. Meetings with airlines from around the world are arranged over the course of the two-day event, at which the Airport will be highlighting its convenient location for many of the South West’s iconic tourist attractions. The region will be showcased with an exhibition display stand working in collaboration with Destination Bristol, VisitBath and VisitBritain.

Plans are already well progressed for further growth in 2019 and beyond, building on a successful 2018 which saw 8.6 million passengers use the Airport.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director at Bristol Airport, said:

“Last year was another successful year, but we are not complacent and remain focused on the future development of the Airport. Our continued success is clearly linked to the strong economy in the South West region, supporting business, in-bound tourism and leisure markets. In 2019 we are investing over £60 million in customer enhancements and development projects to include car parks, terminal, catering and airline facilities.

“This conference gives us the chance to showcase Bristol Airport and the region to airlines from across the world. It is an important opportunity to develop long-term relationships with potential airline partners. By bringing the South West to life in our presentation and trade stand we hope to create a lasting impression which will encourage airlines to consider Bristol Airport in the future. We will also be meeting airlines which already operate at Bristol Airport to discuss additional frequencies on existing services, with a view to increasing flexibility for business passengers.

“After the busiest winter flight programme with new destinations, additional services to existing routes and airlines providing more year-round routes, Bristol Airport is going from strength to strength.’

Forecast to serve more than nine million passengers 2019, Bristol is the ninth busiest airport in the UK, and England’s third largest regional airport operating to 126 direct routes globally.