POLL OF WEEK: Bristol Airport begins plan to make terminal bigger
- Credit: Bristol Airport
A bigger terminal, more car parking and better links to motorways are central ideas behind plans to expand Bristol Airport.
This week sees the second phase of public consultation begin over the airport’s project which seeks to increase its offering for travellers.
Record numbers of passengers and more destinations than ever before form key parts of the scheme with bosses looking at ways they can increase capacity at the airport over the next few decades.
In November, the airport revealed its intention to cater for up to 20 million passengers a year by the mid-2040s and conducted a first round of consultation. More than 1,750 responses were received.
Janis Kong, chairman of Bristol Airport, said: “It was clear from the initial consultation on preparing a long-term master plan that local communities wanted clarity on our development plans and solutions to some of the issues they face living close to a busy international airport.
“By bringing forward this planning application in tandem with our emerging master plan, we will set out how phased growth can be achieved through the 2020s as part of an exciting longer-term vision.”
Last year, Bristol Airport welcomed 8.1 million travellers through its Lulsgate terminal making it the UK’s ninth busiest airport and the fifth outside of London.
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Planning permission is already in place for facilities to handle up to 10 million passengers each year, and £160million has been invested in infrastructure since 2010, including a hotel and multi-storey car park.
The updated master plan focuses on five key areas: creating a world-leading regional airport, employment and economic prosperity, improving transport links, plus being sustainable and deliverable.
Simon Earles, planning and sustainability director at Bristol Airport, said: “These proposals will ensure Bristol Airport continues to provide the connectivity our region needs to be successful while offering local residents and stakeholders greater clarity about the phasing of future development.
“We welcome feedback on these proposals as we work towards submitting a planning application this autumn.”
To offer feedback, visit www.bristolairportfuture.com by July 6.