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Summer has landed at Bristol International Airport

Bristol International Airport has reported a ten per cent growth in its charter airline flights since the start of the year. The strong performance has seen a 7.8% increase across all sectors, compared to May 2014.

Over 656,000 passengers passed through Bristol Airport’s doors in May 2015, with charter holiday traffic particularly strong. The increase comes after May’s two Bank Holidays and the school’s half term holiday.

Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways have offered passengers at Bristol Airport extensive flight and holiday options this year, and the inauguration of new Thomson Airways destinations including Santorini, Pula and Dubrovnik have contributed to the airport’s success. Thomas Cook will jet passengers to a total of 20 destinations from Bristol Airport throughout the summer months.

But it wasn’t just the ‘big two’ tour operators that contributed to the steady increase in passenger numbers; easyJet launched services to Bilbao, Isle of Man, Lanzarote, Gibraltar and Porto in April 2015.

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive at Bristol Airport, said:
“The high levels of growth experienced already this summer highlight the importance of the significant investment we are making to enhance passenger facilities. Completion of the eastern terminal extension will be followed by another major project to improve key aspects of the airport experience, and we expect to announce details of this exciting development soon.

“In the meantime, we do ask passengers to make sure they leave sufficient time to complete essential processes such as security search when travelling from Bristol Airport throughout what will continue to be a busy summer of travel.”