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Do you recognise this teddy?

This rather elderly teddy bear was found in the departure lounge at Bristol Airport and staff are anxious to reunite him with his owner.

It's thought the teddy is more than a hundred years old. He's made by Farnell, the company that also made the original Winnie the Pooh Credit: Bristol Airport
The teddy was found in a bag with this rather charming photograph Credit: Bristol Airport
On the back of the photo are a few more clues. The airport's named the teddy Glyn after the person who's signed this Credit: Bristol Airport

Century-old teddy found at Bristol Airport

by Tanya Mercer

Lost property at Bristol Airport isn't that unusual but staff have found a rather special item in the departure lounge.

It's a teddy bear - thought to be more than 100 years old. He was found with a photo of him and two little girls dated 1918.

Now staff want to reunite Glyn - as they've called him - with his rightful owners.


The great Easter getaway

Plenty of people will be heading off to sunnier climes today Credit: ITV News West Country

More than 70,000 passengers are expected to use Bristol Airport this Easter weekend. Airlines will be switching to their summer schedules after the clocks change on Sunday, meaning an increase in flights.

People are being advised to turn up at least two hours before their flight's departure.


The plan for a new 'Severnside Airport'

The Institute of Welsh Affairs report is proposing a new Severnside Airport:

  • Could be built on the edge of the estuary between Newport and Chepstow
  • Would take nearly 10 years to plan and build
  • Would have 10-11 million passengers a year from the start
  • Would have convenient access to the motorway system and the new electrified rail service
  • Would have minimal noise pollution, with planes able to take-off and land over water
  • Would become the UK's first purpose-built 24-hour cargo airport

Bristol Airport: Proposal is 'far-fetched'

Bristol Airport handles nearly 6 million passengers each year.

Bristol Airport reacted to the proposal it should be closed and replaced with a larger airport inside Wales by insisting it is "well positioned to meet the connectivity requirements of both regions in the medium and long term."

"No doubt the Airports Commission will receive many proposals for airport schemes right across the UK. It is important that these are deliverable solutions not somewhat far-fetched proposals reliant on the forced closure of a successful, privately owned airport which supports thousands of jobs."

Both Cardiff Airport and the Welsh Government have said they do not wish to comment while there is due diligence work ongoing, over the proposed takeover.

The Severnside Airport proposal has been submitted to the UK Government's Airports Commission, which is looking into airport capacity around the UK. The commission says it is not responding to individual bits of evidence currently.


New airport 'needed to replace Cardiff and Bristol'

Today's report says it will be 'a formidable challenge' to reverse Cardiff Airport's decline.

Cardiff Airport and Bristol Airport should both close, and be replaced by a new larger 'Severnside Airport' serving south west Britain, according to an influential think tank.

Research published today by the Institute of Welsh Affairs recommends the new airport should be built on the edge of the estuary between Newport and Chepstow, with convenient access to the motorway system and a newly-electrified rail service the key benefits.

The study, carried out by aviation consultants MSP Solutions, supports the Welsh Government's plan to buy Cardiff Airport, but only in the short term.

Read More: Welsh Government under fire over Cardiff Airport takeover plan

It warns there could be "a serious worsening of air connectivity" for Wales, unless something is done.

In 2003, the UK Government rejected a previous proposal for an airport to be built alongside the Severn estuary.


Experts suggest shutting Bristol Airport

Expert suggest closing Bristol Airport Credit: ITV News West Country

Experts have suggested closing Bristol airport and replacing it with a new runway on Severnside. Bristol should be shut along with Cardiff airport, with a new terminal built between Chepstow and Newport, according to a study for the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

Bristol Airport passenger numbers up

Passenger numbers at Bristol Airport have risen for the third successive year. The number of people passing through the terminal was up 2.8 per cent compared to the previous year, making Bristol the only airport in the UK’s top ten to see growth each year since the end of 2009.

A total of 5.9 million passengers used Bristol Airport during 2012, including record monthly totals in June and July. The rise was achieved with a decrease of almost 5,000 flights as a result of airlines operating larger aircraft.

“These figures are a very positive signal that the South West economy is moving in the right direction. The resurgence in business travel has been particularly strong with several airlines, including KLM and Brussels Airlines, adding capacity on routes to major European hub airports. We expect this growth to continue throughout 2013, with further route announcements in the pipeline.”

– Robert Sinclair, CEO Bristol Airport
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