BRISTOL Airport's largest airline has celebrated carrying 70 million passengers to and from the North Somerset airport since it first started operating there.

easyJet started flying from Bristol Airport in May 2001, starting with routes to Palma, Faro and Nice.  

To celebrate the landmark occasion, the airline surprised John and Lynda Booker from Gloucester, who are flying today (Thursday, November 16) to Tenerife with free easyJet return flights.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK country manager, said: “We are so proud to be in Bristol today marking a key milestone as we celebrate flying 70 million passengers from Bristol.

"Our first flights from Bristol took off for the first time 22 years ago and since then we’ve been committed to Bristol to providing great value fares and convenient connections for our customers from across the South West whether they’re travelling for business or leisure.

“And of course, I have to thank our fantastic customers for their loyalty and support and, we remain excited about the future at Bristol.”