These are exciting times for our region. The economy is thriving and Bristol Airport is playing its part. We are more connected than ever, with over 120 destinations, and are investing in our facilities to ensure that customers have an amazing journey. Our aim is to be a world-leading regional airport.
This year we celebrated our 60th anniversary. The UK Government is progressing its new Aviation Strategy, and a Joint Spatial Plan for the West of England is under development, providing an ambitious foundation for sustainable growth. So now is the right time for us to consider the next chapter in Bristol Airport’s story, up to and beyond our centenary year.
Having a successful international airport is vital for a vibrant region like ours, with world-class universities, major multi-national businesses and some of Britain’s most iconic tourist attractions on our doorstep. We want to share our exciting vision for the future, ensuring the airport is a gateway to the South West of England and South Wales, by building on our strong local identity.
We are now preparing our own strategic plan for the coming decades, and this consultation represents the first step. After listening to you we will prepare a Draft Master Plan for further consultation in spring 2018. We aim to publish the final Master Plan in the winter of 2018/19.
Delivering these plans will need the help of others, particularly when it comes to surface access. Despite being one of the largest and busiest outside the South-East, Bristol Airport is without direct rail, motorway or dual carriageway access. This needs to change if the region and our millions of passengers are to reap the full benefits of twenty-first century connections, both here and abroad.
We invite you to help plan the next stage of your airport’s amazing journey. Please tell us what you think.