25 JUNE 2012


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Article from BTNews 25 JUNE 2012

Bristol Airport expansion

The first phase of development plans, which will ultimately enable Bristol Airport to handle 10m passengers a year, was officially opened by Justine Greening MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, last Friday (22 June).  She inaugurated three new aircraft stands, the first of more than 30 separate projects which will enable growth over the next decade.
Each stand has a fixed electrical ground power source, and strict rules governing the use of aircraft auxiliary power units and mobile diesel units in order to reduce noise levels for local residents.  The new stands are key to increasing capacity for more aircraft to operate from Bristol, which is currently the fifth largest UK airport outside London.
The airport says that with a comprehensive planning approval for infrastructure required to handle predicted growth to 2020 and beyond, it is well placed to meet future demand for air travel from the South West.  New facilities and an extended route network will provide more convenient travel options for many of the five million passengers from the region currently flying from London airports. 
Developments will include the extension of the terminal building to almost double its current size; a new public transport interchange; further aircraft parking stands; and an on-site hotel. www.bristolairport.co.uk

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