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Published on Friday, January 23, 2009

Bristol Airport expansion plans unveiled

Development plans for Bristol International Airport are being showcased as part of a six-week pre-application consultation.

The airport is planning to extend the terminal building, provide additional car parking and create new aircraft stands.

The expansion will enable it to handle 10 million passengers per year, compared to just over 6 million in 2008.

Following consultation, the airport will submit a planning application to North Somerset Council.

The airport’s chief executive officer Robert Sinclair said:
“This development will enable the airport to meet the growing demand for air travel to and from the South West.

“Airports remain vital to economic prosperity and quality of life in the regions they serve.

“Environmental effects need to be balanced against these benefits – that’s why we have carefully assessed the impacts of our proposals and brought forward a range of mitigation measures to be considered along with our development proposals.”

As part of a commitment to encourage use of public transport, a new public transport interchange will be sited on top of a new multi-storey car park and linked to the terminal by a covered pedestrian footbridge.

The consultation will run until March 6, with staffed exhibitions taking place in the airport’s administration building today and tomorrow (Saturday).

From January 26 to March 6 the exhibition can be viewed between 9am and 5pm, with feedback forms available.

By Bev Fearis

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  • Economic Sustainability?

    I'd love to view the exhibitions at the Administration Building at Bristol International Airport. Are visitors encouraged to visit before or after their flights, or make a special drive to the staff car park? Can public transport links also be promoted on the planning application page? How will public transport services be improved, surely more than new bus stops and foot bridge above the new car park? How will the "use of local and ethically sourced goods and services" be promoted? Will Burger King and Subway be participating? Being a business the urge is exponential growth, is this Bristol Airport's desire? How does this fit in with the city's desire to be an EU Green Capital? I'm not a fan of green-wash, but of open and honest communication. I look forward to some.

    By Oliver Beard, Friday, January 23, 2009

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