Airport Expansion Gets Green Light

The Secretary of State has decided not to call in a planning decision to expand Bristol airport, meaning the plans can go ahead.

It'll see the airports terminal expanded, more car parks built along with more standing areas for aircraft.

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, said "This is great news for our passengers, airlines, business partners and staff. It is a major step in the right direction and we are delighted to have reached this balanced outcome after five years' work. Approval of these proposals recognises the Airport's vital contribution to regional prosperity, while also ensuring that environmental considerations are addressed.

"The plans provide a blueprint for the long-term development of Bristol Airport, and will allow us to provide more services from Bristol, which will reduce car journeys to other airports, and also grow inbound tourism to the South West.

"Once the Section 106 Agreement which accompanies the planning application has been formally agreed we will begin prioritizing key components of the development to bring forward over the coming years. These are expected to include additional aircraft stands, extensions to the terminal and improved car parking. Construction could begin in 2011, and will be phased to meet customer demand."

North Somerset Council has also welcomed the news. Campaigners who opposed the plans could still appeal, but as yet they have not indicated their intentions.