31 January 2011


Passenger numbers at Bristol Airport rose in 2010, with volumes up 1.8% compared to 2009. Bristol was one of only two of the UK’s top 10 airports to grow in 2010.

 The number of people travelling through the South West’s busiest terminal increased despite the significant disruption to European air travel caused by snow, volcanic ash and air traffic control strikes. A total of 5.7 million passengers used Bristol Airport over the course of the year, a figure that would have been approximately 150,000 higher had it not been for these exceptional events.

 Scheduled international routes were the strongest performers, showing a 3.7% increase over the previous twelve months. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) figures show passengers numbers were down across all UK airports by an average of 3.5%.

 The rise in passengers at Bristol Airport was achieved with fewer flights, with the total number of aircraft movements down by 1.5%, a decrease of more than 1,000.