Bristol Airport enjoys best ever year

PUBLISHED: 16:05 17 January 2015

Robert Sinclair, centre, welcomed new Luthansa flights last year.

Robert Sinclair, centre, welcomed new Luthansa flights last year.

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A RECORD number of passengers passed through Bristol Airport in the past 12 months, with bosses confident of eclipsing that total this year.

In 2014, a total of 6.3 million people used the terminal, which is about 100,000 more than did in 2008 when the previous record was set.

Airport chiefs have cited an improving UK economy and an increasing number of destinations being offered, as the main reasons for the busy year.

The new mark represents a 3.45 per cent increase on 2013 and also is the fifth year in succession where passenger numbers have increased.

Robert Sinclair, chief executive of Bristol Airport, believes the news is good for Weston and Somerset more generally.

He said: “Airports are useful barometers for the economy of the region they serve, so growth of passenger numbers at Bristol Airport is good news for the South West.

“This strong performance is set to continue throughout 2015, with leisure travel in particular being stimulated by the euro exchange rate and reductions in air passenger duty for children.”

The success – which comes only a week after Bristol Airport was named the world’s most punctual – will need to continue if the Lulsgate site is to reach its target.

By 2020, it hopes to cater for 10 million passengers a year and construction work is continuing on an eastern terminal extension and improvements to the car parks.

Mr Sinclair said: “Work is already underway to ensure we maintain and enhance the customer experience as passenger numbers grow, and we continue to explore opportunities with existing and potential airline partners to strengthen and extend the route network available from Bristol. It is set to be an exciting year in which we will continue to work towards our goal to be a world class regional airport serving the South West.”

A number of new routes for 2015 have already been announced including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Hurghada in Egypt and Paphos, Cyprus.

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