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Bristol Airport wants your views as it plans for the future

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 16 November 2017 15:15

Bristol Airport wants your views as it plans for the future

Bristol Airport is seeking views from the business community and members of the public on what its priorities should be in the future.

A 10-week consultation, which will help the airport develop its plans, begins today (16 November).

The feedback from individuals and organisations will help shape the airport’s Master Plan, which will be subject to further consultation next spring.

The consultation document, ‘Your airport: your views’, identifies five pillars that will guide the airport’s new Master Plan in order to meet the challenges and opportunities that emerging trends are expected to present aviation with in the future.

These guiding principles are:

- A world-leading regional airport
- Creating employment and supporting economic growth
- Providing an integrated transport hub
- Taking a sustainable approach
- Ensuring proposals are flexible enough to be delivered in phases over time, and deliver value for money for passengers, airlines and other stakeholders.

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Janis Kong, chairman of Bristol Airport, said: “This year Bristol Airport celebrated its 60th anniversary and the region we serve has never looked more vibrant, diverse, innovative and exciting.

"To ensure we can continue to provide the connectivity vital to such a dynamic and outward-looking part of the world, we need to consider the next chapter in our story, up to and beyond our centenary year.”

Simon Earles, planning and sustainability director at Bristol Airport, added: “We want to know what is important to our neighbours, passengers, airlines and business partners so we can take these opinions into account as we develop more detailed proposals.

"This will be the first of several opportunities for people to have their say and help shape Bristol Airport’s future.”

The airport will also hold a series of drop-in consultation events in across the West of England for those wishing to speak to members of the airport management team first hand. 

James Durie, chief executive of chambers of commerce and initiative at Business West, added: “We strongly welcome this consultation setting out exciting long term plans and ideas for further growth, development and improvement of Bristol Airport.

“Bristol, Bath and the wider South West region needs a successful international airport as a critical part of its infrastructure and fit for the future.

Bristol Airport is currently the ninth busiest airport in the UK, and the fifth largest outside London, and it forecasts demand of up to 20 million passengers a year by the 2040s.

Existing planning permission is already in place for facilities to handle up to 10 million passengers a year, but this capacity is expected to be reached early in the next decade as demand for air travel to and from the South West of the UK continues to rise. 

Full details of the consultation, which closes at midnight on Friday 26 January 2018, including how to give your feedback, can be found here.


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