Airport wants to create thousands of jobs over coming years

PUBLISHED: 15:58 23 October 2018

Bristol Airport.

Bristol Airport.

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Bristol Airport is looking to recruit thousands of people over the coming years.

Roles ranging from retail, catering and customer service, including a head of customer operations, are all available.

The airport, which employs 375 people directly, has already hired nearly 100 people since the start of 2018.

There are now around 3,500 individuals working for 50 organisations across the site.

Logistics company DHL will also be moving to the site in January, creating more than 200 jobs.

Two graduates from the University of the West of England were recruited in September, including Declan Humphries who has joined the planning team who are working on a master plan, which is due to be published before the end of the year.

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The airport has a maximum passenger number of 10 million a year, but it is preparing to submit plans to North Somerset Council to bring the figure up to 20 million by the mid-2040s, and it wants to create more than 10,000 jobs by then.

Debbie Hartshorn, director of people at the airport, said: “The airport is a rapidly growing business so we are always on the lookout for talent.

“We regularly update our website with career opportunities and with a variety of jobs available, we would recommend anyone looking for their first role or a career change to see what we can offer them.

“We want to give people from North Somerset and the South West the chance to shine.”

The Times reported in September expansion work at Lulsgate Bottom could begin sooner than expected.

Airport bosses initially hoped to start work by 2020-21, but this could change to 2019 instead.

A second phase of public consultation over the master plan was conducted in May and more than 1,750 responses were received.

People gave their thoughts on proposals including an expansion of the terminal building to create an extra 14,000sq.m of space.

It is England’s third largest regional airport and the fifth busiest outside London, flying to 126 destinations.

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