Back in 1957, the first commercial flight from Bristol Airport took to the sky. At this time, it was used to welcome just 33,000 passengers per year. Back to the present day and things have certainly stepped up a gear for the West-Country airport. It has recently been announced that, 49 years later, a staggering 7 million passengers travelled through Bristol Airport within the last year.
Not only have the staff achieved major success this year, but the airport has been consistently growing since 2010. All of the hard work has now paid off as they were recently named the 9th busiest airport in the UK.
This is all down to the chartered airlines who operate at Bristol Airport increasing their number of destinations to 116, 16 of which are capital cities. New routes include; Bristol to Katowice in Poland, Kosice in Slovakia and Orlando in the United States.
Robert Sinclair, who is the CEO of Bristol Airport, has told Bristol 24/7: “Increased demand for air travel is a positive sign that our region’s economy continues to thrive”. It would seem this isn’t only good news for the airport, but for the city itself. They are well and truly ready for the increase of passenger numbers, with a new £24 million west terminal expansion already in place. We are looking forward to watching this airport grow even more in the near future!
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