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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