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Nearly one million travel through Bristol Aiport in record-breaking summer

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Written by: The Business | Posted 10 September 2018 16:08

Nearly one million travel through Bristol Aiport in record-breaking summer

Nearly one million passengers passed through Bristol Airport last month, making August 2018 the busiest month in the airport’s history.

The continued growth is generating news jobs, with the airport taking on 100 new employees since the start of the year.

The record-breaking summer follows an eighth consecutive year of growth for England’s third largest regional airport.

Holiday operators TUI and Thomas Cook performed particularly strongly, with the charter sector up 23 per cent on last year, while easyJet has also enjoyed double-digit growth at Bristol.

High performing destinations include Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, with new routes to Gothenburg, Genoa, Seville and Cologne also contributing to the increase in passengers.

Read more: TUI unveils new self-service system at Bristol Airport

Nigel Scott, business development director at Bristol Airport, said: “Despite the hot weather and England’s run to the World Cup semi-final, thousands of families from the South West have headed off on holiday from Bristol Airport this summer.

“We have also welcomed many arriving passengers from across the world, contributing to the thriving visitor economy in Bristol, Bath and beyond.

“By working with airlines to extend the range of routes and frequencies, and through continued investment in our facilities, we want to make flying from Bristol even better for passengers in future.

Bristol is now the ninth busiest airport in the UK and has eight million passengers travelling through the airport each year.

A new Master Plan is currently being prepared and will set out potential development required to handle up to 20 million passengers a year from the existing runway by the mid-2040s.

The first phase of this growth will be facilitated through the submission of a planning application to North Somerset Council later this year.

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