Bristol airport reports record year

bristol-airport-imageMore than 7.5 million passengers used Bristol Airport last year, surpassing the total for 2015 by over three quarters of a million passengers*.

The record annual number represents an 11.3 per cent increase year on year, and a seventh consecutive year of growth for England’s third largest regional airport.

Continued growth is forecast in 2017, with passenger numbers expected to exceed the eight million mark for the first time in the Airport’s history.

To cater for increased passenger demand, work is underway on a £2.3 million project which will take the number of passport control points from the current ten to a total of 17 when it opens in April, including ten of the latest ePassport gates which provide a safe, secure and speedy alternative to the conventional border control process.

These improvements build on other upgrades to the arrivals experience delivered as part of the £24 million west terminal extension.

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, said: “These figures demonstrate that demand for air travel to and from the South West and South Wales continues to grow, with more passengers than ever making Bristol their airport of choice.  We expect this trend to continue throughout 2017, and the improvements we are making to the whole Airport will further enhance the experience for our passengers this year.”

*Due to differences in the way some flights are recorded, Bristol Airport figures may contain small variances when compared to those reported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).