First phase of airport expansion opens

06:00 27 June 2012

Aircraft stands were opened on Friday

Aircraft stands were opened on Friday

Bristol Airport

THE first phase of Bristol Airport’s expansion plans has been completed.

Three new aircraft stands were opened by Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Transport, on Friday to signify the first milestone in the airport’s major renovation work.

Airport bosses hope the improvements will allow it to cater for 10 million passengers by 2020 - almost double its current numbers - after North Somerset Council approved its expansion proposals last year.

The aviation stand construction is the first of 30 different projects planned over the next decade.

And they should help ensure the traditional summer holiday getaway goes as smoothly as possible as Bristol cements its position as the fifth largest airport in the UK, outside of London.

Ms Greening said regional airports had an important role to play in sustaining the British economy.

She said: “The work I have seen at Bristol will stand the airport in good stead to serve the needs of regional passengers and businesses for many years to come.

“I welcome the investment that has gone into these improvements and look forward to seeing Bristol play a full part in the future of UK aviation.”

Robert Sinclair, chief executive officer at Bristol Airport, said: “This is the start of an exciting journey for Bristol Airport.

“The Government recognises the value of regional airports, and I am sure the Secretary of State will enjoy seeing first hand how Bristol Airport can contribute to a sustainable future for UK aviation.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:30
Pro Nationals Motocross weekend in Weston.

MOTOCROSS races and freestyle stunt shows return to Weston this weekend for the Pro Nationals Festival.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:07
Air ambulance

EMERGENCY services tried to save the life of a man who collapsed in Weston street, but he died on the scene this afternoon (Friday).

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00
The Pro Nationals Festival will be held on May 30-31.

THOUSANDS of people will descend on Weston’s seafront this weekend for motocross racing and stunt shows.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:00
Wakeboarding at Marine Lake (Picture: Martin Slade).

A WAKEBOARD system in Weston was enjoyed by dozens of people during the bank holiday.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00
Helicopter Museum

STAFF and volunteers at Weston’s Helicopter Museum are celebrating after being awarded a Certificate Of Excellence by TripAdvisor.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00
Secret Worlds Wildlife Babies open day,Andre and Maya with Nicola Round.

MORE than 2,000 people turned up to meet Secret World Wildlife Rescue’s newest young animals at the charity’s wildlife babies event.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:06
The Strawberry Line (Picture: Strawberry Line Society)

A PARISH council is supporting a scheme to encourage more walkers to visit the village.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00
Charity Skittles for Home Instead care for the Alzheimers Society, Woodspring pub

A CHARITY evening to support the Alzheimer’s Society helped bring the community together in Worle at the weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:19
Leroy Drake.

AN 11-YEAR-OLD who went missing overnight has been found safe and well.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:16
Traffic.

IF YOU have to travel on the motorway tonight (Friday) you could be looking at a long journey due to heavy congestion.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition today E-edition



Somerset's trusted business finder