Routes Europe 2019: Bristol supports strong economy in South West

A team from Bristol Airport is promoting the South West and highlighting the economic strength of the region to airlines from around the world at the Routes Europe event.

The airport is showcasing the South West at the World Route Development Conference in Hannover, Germany, which provides an opportunity for airlines and airports to explore potential new routes.

The team suggest key criteria when considering new services are the economic strength of the region an airport serves and its potential to attract inbound tourists. Over the week the airport will be highlighting its convenient location for many of the South West’s iconic tourist attractions and the region will be showcased in an exhibition display stand in collaboration with Destination Bristol, VisitBath and VisitBritain.

“Last year was another successful year, but we are not complacent and remain focused on the future development of the Airport,” said Nigel Scott, business development director at Bristol Airport. “Our continued success is clearly linked to the strong economy in the South West region, supporting business, in-bound tourism and leisure markets. In 2019 we are investing over £60 million in customer enhancements and development projects to include car parks, terminal, catering and airline facilities.”

Plans are already progressing for further growth in 2019 and beyond, building on 2018 which saw 8.6 million passengers use the airport.

Scott suggested the conference is an “important opportunity” to develop relationships with potential airline partners, and it is hoped the exhibition stand will “encourage airlines to consider Bristol Airport in the future.”

The airport team will also be meeting airlines already operating at Bristol Airport to discuss additional frequencies on existing services, with a view to increasing flexibility for business passengers. Scott continued: “After the busiest winter flight programme with new destinations, additional services to existing routes and airlines providing more year-round routes, Bristol Airport is going from strength to strength.”

Bristol Airport is forecast to serve more than nine million passengers in 2019.

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