Record number of passengers at Bristol Airport
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 October 2011
BRISTOL airport is celebrating after breaking their record for passenger numbers last month.
Despite the tough economic climate and the general good weather, more than 610,000 flew out of the airport in September.
Chief executive officer, Robert Sinclair, said the better than expected figures were most likely caused by holidaymakers becoming frustrated by the poor summer back home.
He said: “Last month was the busiest September ever at Bristol Airport. Poor weather in July and August resulted in a lot of people heading abroad for some late summer sun, and we have also seen a resurgence in business travel.
“We are very fortunate to be the leading airport in the South West market, which has proven to more resilient than other regions over the last few years.
The 1.5 per cent rise in passenger numbers from September 2010 saw the airport eclipse its previous high of 601,432 recorded in 2008.
Mr Sinclair said: “While we do not expect to see such high passenger numbers over the winter as conditions continue to be tough for business and leisure travellers alike, September’s result is an encouraging sign that strong growth will return in 2012.
“To meet this anticipated demand we are already working on a range of further enhancements to the airport to accommodate the increased numbers and improve the overall passenger experience ahead of next summer.”