Airport master plan finalised
THE final version of Bristol International Airport's master plan for expansion was published yesterday (Thurs). By 2015, up to nine million people will be using the airport, and the workforce is expected to rise from 2,800 to 3,800. Two multi-storey car p
THE final version of Bristol International Airport's master plan for expansion was published yesterday (Thurs).By 2015, up to nine million people will be using the airport, and the workforce is expected to rise from 2,800 to 3,800.Two multi-storey car parks will be added to the north terminal with slanted economically friendly green roofing, covered in vegetation.Flights will increase by an average of six an hour, made up of three landings and three take-offs, and there would be new routes to Europe, North America and the Middle East.Bristol International Airport (BIA) will contribute to the cost of traffic enhancements in villages such as Barrow Gurney if local road congestion occurs. The A38 can accommodate up to nine million passengers.BIA creates 0.4 per cent of the carbon dioxide emissions produced in the South West and this will remain below one per cent by 2015.According to the plan, public transport services will quadruple, but there will be no increase in aircraft noise and no increase in night flights.The old terminal will be removed to create more parking, the fuel depot will be relocated underground, the fire station will be removed and new staff and administration buildings built. An on-site hotel for passengers, aircrew and staff will be available.Managing director Andrew Skipp said: "Concerns expressed by some have been addressed. Our ambition is to stand out as an example of best practice sustainable airport development."Any comments on the plan should be submitted to North Somerset Council, which holds the master plan, by December 22. Council officers will have to present the document to the authority's planning and regulatory committee and BIA is then expected to submit a detailed planning application to the council early next year.