Bristol Airport’s terminal building will double in size if new plans for its expansion are approved.
Airport chiefs want to submit a planning application in spring next year for a major expansion to the terminal, with hopes that it will be able to handle ten million passengers annually by 2016.
Plans include a glass-fronted extension either side of the existing terminal building, with further building work expected at the northern end of the airport site.
In a bid to reassure people with doubts about the proposed expansion, Alan Davies, Bristol Airport’s director of environment and planning, said the airport was committed to developing its role as a regional gateway for international travel.
"Demand for air travel to and from the south-west is forecast to grow, and by increasing the choice of services we offer and enhancing the facilities we provide to passengers we can reduce reliance on airports outside the region," he said.
The airport also wants to build new parking facilities to create spaces for 3,800 cars, with plans also being drawn up for an overflow car park on derelict land to the east of the A38.
The first images of the proposed expansion were released towards the end of last month.