Bristol Airport has announced that it will submit a formal planning application to North Somerset Council for major expansion work after the conclusion of a six-week consultation period.
The airport wants to extend the size of its terminal building, provide additional car-parking spaces and build new aircraft stands – improvements that will allow the airport to handle around ten million passengers a year.
Commenting on the expansion proposals, Robert Sinclair, the airport’s chief executive officer, said they would allow Bristol to meet the increased demand for air travel in the south-west.
"The new facilities will make the airport better for our passengers, allowing us to improve the service and range of flights available to local business and leisure travellers," he said.
Mr Sinclair added that an enlarged airport would attract more tourists to the region – something that would benefit the local economy.
The consultation process, which lasts until March 6th, aims to collect views from a number of interested parties.
Most of the new development will be located at the Bristol Airport site, although additional car-parking will be situated to the south of the airport.