We are pleased to report that the independent planning inspectorate yesterday announced that Bristol Airport’s plans for expansion can go ahead.
This will now allow Bristol Airport to increase its capacity from 10 million passengers a year to 12 million passengers a year, along with the expanded capacity this also enables significant investment in the South West regional airport to go ahead, including upgrading the terminal building, new parking facilities and transport links as well as changes on the airfield in terms of aircraft stands and taxiway upgrades.
With the go-ahead to expand capacity this will create a further 800 jobs at Bristol Airport, as well as increasing jobs across the region to around a further 5000 roles.
This is really great news for Bristol Airport, Bristol and the South West of England. Following the restrictions on travel being eased from the pandemic, Bristol Airport has been one of the airports in the UK to make the fastest recovery, compared to other UK airports. The expanded capacity will allow the airport to explore new direct links to Europe, Middle East and North America. As well as providing economic links for our region, any new routes will remove some of the 8 million car journeys made from the South West to London airports that were made each year before the pandemic, helping to cut down on carbon produced by, in our opinion, unnecessary car journeys.
Dave Lees, CEO of Bristol Airport said “Bristol Airport welcomes the decision of the Planning Inspectorate. The decision is excellent news for our region’s economy, allowing us to create thousands of new jobs in the years ahead and provide more choice for our customers, supporting inbound tourism, and reducing the millions of road journeys made to London airports each year.
We will now push ahead with our multi-million-pound plans for net zero operations by 2030 and look forward to working with stakeholders and the community to deliver sustainable growth.”