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International flights to Bristol Airport picking up

Passenger numbers at Bristol Airport increased by 8.5 percent

Passenger numbers at Bristol Airport increased by 8.5 percent in June, it has revealed, with the biggest rise coming in scheduled international flights.

Over 583,000 passengers passed through the airport last month, to bring the total for the year so far to more than 2.5 million.

Passenger numbers for scheduled international flights rose by 13.2 percent compared to June last year.

Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority, due for publication, are expected to confirm that Bristol is one of the UK’s fastest growing terminals.

Shaun Browne, Bristol Airport’s aviation director, said: "Demand for both business and leisure travel is returning to levels seen before the recession and airlines are responding by introducing additional capacity this summer.

"The Glastonbury Festival also generated a significant number of inbound visitors to the region in June, with Bristol Airport proving to be a popular gateway for festival-goers."

London Gatwick Airport has also reported strong traffic performance for last month, despite experiencing an overall decline of 0.8 percent, something it attributed to capacity reductions across Irish and North Atlantic routes.

However, traffic to other long-haul markets increased by 6.2 percent.

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