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CBI backs Bristol Airport's expansion appeal

Created: 18th Feb 2021

One of the UK’s biggest business organisations, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has said it will support Bristol Airport’s expansion appeal.

Ben Rhodes, CBI South West deputy director said:

“Bristol Airport is one of the key drivers of prosperity for North Somerset, Bristol, and the South West, supporting nearly 30,000 direct and indirect jobs and contributing around £1.7bn to the regional economy,”

“The increased connectivity which Bristol Airport’s expansion would deliver can be an important part of a South West economic recovery which places sustainability at its heart.”

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said:

 “Expansion at Bristol Airport will spur growth in the South West and increase the rate at which jobs are created, replacing those lost at the airport during the current crisis.

"Although demand is temporarily suppressed, it is forecast to return to pre-pandemic levels in the coming years.

"The sector has been operating at close to capacity for some time and expansion at regional airports will allow growth to benefit all regions across the UK.”