Record-breaking year for Bristol Airport

PUBLISHED: 14:09 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:09 29 January 2018

Bristol Airport.

Bristol Airport.

Bristol Airport

It was a record-breaking 2017 for Bristol Airport as it recorded its highest ever passenger numbers.

More than 8.1 million people used the South West airport last year, surpassing the total for 2016 by more than 600,000.

The record annual number represents an 8 per cent increase year on year and the eighth consecutive year of growth for England’s third largest regional airport.

MORE: Major expansion to Bristol Airport could provide more long-haul routes.

Both charter and scheduled airline sectors contributed to the rise, with the number of direct routes served reaching more than 125.

The airport will continue to expand in 2018, with public consultation over a new masterplan concluding earlier in January.

MORE: New summer-only routes from Bristol Airport coming this year.

Jacqui Mills, the airport’s public and community relations manager, said: “Passing the eight million milestone demonstrates continued strong demand for air travel to and from the South West.

“We now offer more routes and flights than ever before and we continue to grow.”

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