New York flights to return in 2016?

PUBLISHED: 17:01 25 April 2015

Shaun Browne, aviation director at Bristol Airport.

Shaun Browne, aviation director at Bristol Airport.

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DIRECT flights from Bristol to New York could return as soon as next summer.

Bristol Airport bosses want the transatlantic route to return in little more than 12 months, as it looks to increase the number of destinations it offers.

It is five years since Continental Airlines stopped the route, but Bristol Airport executives have previously made no secret of their long-standing desire to restore New York to its schedule.

Bosses are keen to capitalise on a record year for passenger numbers in 2014, with work progressing on a new £8.6million terminal extension and a 201-room on-site hotel under construction.

Shaun Browne, the airport’s aviation director, said restoring a route to New York is a ‘high priority’.

He also said Bristol Airport wants to secure a first route to the Middle East too.

Mr Browne, pictured, said: “Continental proved that there is a market to support direct transatlantic flights from Bristol. Before the global recession the route was successful and profitable, and load factors remained good throughout.

“Major investment in the region is driving business traffic and increasing disposable income, both of which combine to create the conditions in which long-haul can prosper.

“Coupled with the increased congestion and costs associated with London airports as a result of the current capacity constraints in the South East, Bristol represents a real opportunity for airlines looking to grow in the UK.”

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