Bristol Airport has record breaking month
By Carol_Deacon | Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12:33
Bristol Airport recorded the busiest month ever this summer.
Bristol Airport outside
In August more than 700,000 passengers travelled from and to Bristol Airport.
This surpassed the previous record of 691,000 set in the same month back in 2008.
Passenger numbers were up by 4.11 per cent from August last year and, following record totals for the months of June and July, completed a record-breaking summer.
Total annual passenger numbers for 2013 are expected to pass the six million mark for the first time in five years.
New or additional services to Corisca, Frankfurt and Dalaman all proved popular this summer.
Business travel is also expected to continue the upward trend seen during the first half of the year following the end of the peak summer holiday season.
Bristol Airport chief executive officer Robert Sinclair said: "When you consider that approximately the same number of passengers used Bristol Airport this August as passed through the old terminal in an entire year just over two decades ago, it puts the scale of this milestone in perspective and shows how far we have come.
"Our record-breaking summer is a positive sign that consumer confidence is returning, which is good news for the South West economy as a whole.
"More and more people across the region are choosing Bristol when travelling for leisure or business, demonstrating the important role regional airports can play in meeting local demand for air travel.
"The next major landmark in our sights is seven million passengers per annum, which we hope to achieve in the next two to three years as we work towards our goal of becoming a world-leading regional airport handling 10 million passengers each year."
- In 2012, Bristol Airport's passenger numbers rose for the third successive year, up 2.8 per cent to 5.9 million, making Bristol the only airport in the UK's top ten to see growth each year since the end of 2009.
- Bristol Airport is the UK's fifth largest airport outside London and the ninth largest in the UK.
- Bristol Airport directly employs around 200 people with a wider employee community of nearer 3,000.
- Bristol Airport at Lulsgate offers direct services to 112 airports across the world, with onward connections accessible from hundreds more cities through international hubs such as Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Brussels, all of which are served by several flights a day. Airlines operating at Bristol Airport include Air France, KLM, Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, Ryanair and Flybe. The airport also has good parking, duty free shopping and a range of fine restaurants and fast-food outlets.
- Bristol Airport is keen to support local charitable causes and each year employees nominate a charity, which they electively fundraise for throughout the year. For 2013 the charity selected by staff is Cots For Tots Appeal whichsupports the world-class work of the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael's Hospital, Bristol, saving the lives of the sickest, most premature babies from Bristol, Bath, the south west of England and south Wales.
- Planning permission is in place for £150 million development of facilities to handle up to 10 million passengers per annum by 2020. Development commenced in November 2011 and the first of more than 30 separate projects – the construction of three new aircraft stands – was completed in spring 2012. Other major components include an extension to the terminal building to almost double its size; a new multi-level car-park with public transport interchange on its top level; and an on-site hotel.
- Meanwhile passenger numbers at Cardiff Airport have fallen below the one million mark for the first time in recent years. The latest figures from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show 994,885 people flew from the airport in the year to March, which is down 15 per cent. Meanwhile, nearby competitor Bristol Airport saw almost six million passengers in the past 12 months, including a large number from Wales.