10 JUNE 2019
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North Somerset Council has received a planning permission application from Bristol Airport seeking permission to increase capacity to handle up to 12m passengers a year by the mid-2020s.
The airport is notorious for its bad road connections and no mention is made of a link to the M5. It could be deliberate as the external surface connections are not the airport’s responsibility!
Next year passenger numbers are expected to pass the 9m mark for the first time. The proposed development includes new infrastructure, improvements to existing facilities, and operational changes to ensure the airport can continue to meet demand for air travel to and from the South West of the UK well into the next decade. Annual terminal traffic is currently limited to 10m passengers.
Bristol Airport has provided some interesting statistics to go with the application comparing 2008 and 2018.
Ten years ago 6.3m passengers passed through the airport. Last year it was 8.63m. At the same time the number of aircraft movements remained static at just under 77,000. However the average number of passengers per flight went up from 105 to 131 as larger aircraft arrived. The maximum noise level dropped from 100.4 to 82.9 and the CO2 from 1kg to 0.69kg. Employment has risen from 3,125 to 3,978.
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Bill Pratt, France
They should have built the airport at Filton, which has good motorway and rail access. However, the main objectors were local residents, many of whom worked for British Aerospace. It should be remembered that Lulsgate Bottom (Bristol Airport) was selected by the RAF to train pilots in poor weather conditions, particularly fog!