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Bristol Airport reports rise in cheap flights passenger turnover

Bristol Airport reports rise in cheap flights passenger turnover

Bristol Airport has reported a rise in passenger turnover for September, due to increased carrier capacity.

Figures were up 2.6 percent compared to the same period last year, with the number of people taking cheap flights abroad being the main reason behind passenger growth.

International passengers increased by 20.8 percent due to the ongoing presence of Ryanair and new easyJet routes, while the introduction of Lufthansa flights in March also contributed to the rise.

Domestic passengers, on the other hand, fell 4.9 percent, while charter flights were 23.2 percent down on last year due to the collapse of XL airways.

The figures come on the back of news earlier this month which revealed that Filton Airfield could be converted into Bristol’s second airport.

Nadia Nuaimi, spokeswoman for the Government Office for the South West, told the Bristol Evening Post: "We need to look at how Filton Airfield is integrated into the whole transport system. It’s been far too disconnected to date."

Bristol Airport handles 87,000 flights and 6.27 million passengers per year.

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