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Amazing Journeys Start Here.

VISION: To be everyone’s favorite airport. Delivering a future, we can all be proud of.
Bristol Airport is a growing, successful international airport, serving as the Region’s gateway enabling air connectivity between the region and the rest of the world. Air travel is a fundamental force for good supporting business, education, inbound tourism and supports the socio-economic fabric of our society. Bristol Airport is committed to embedding sustainability into our business and encouraging continual improvement by embracing new technology and innovative ways of working; ensuring a sustainable future for Bristol Airport and the region it serves.

Bristol Airport is one of the oldest airports in the UK and was originally formed in 1930. In 1939 it was requisitioned by the Air Ministry at the outbreak of World War II, handling 4,000 passengers a year. The Airport remained operational as an airport during the war years. The comings and goings of statesmen, spies, film stars and others are shrouded in secrecy, but Winston Churchill and Amy Johnson certainly used the Airport during this period. In 1955 a new location was needed for the City airport to meet the growing demand for air travel, Bristol Airport moved to its current location in North Somerset and opened in 1957. Today customers are welcomed with the promise that ‘amazing journeys start here’. It is a bold statement of intent from the South West’s busiest international gateway, but one that has been backed up by an ambitious programme of infrastructure development and customer enhancements in recent years with over £225 million invested in the last 10 years alone. The number of international routes available from Bristol Airport was in single figures at the turn of the millennium this rapidly increased, and in 2019 over 120 direct destinations were operated by direct flights across 30 countries, handling over 9 million passengers per annum.

Incredible advances in technical improvements are being made in aviation and many airlines now operate more fuel-efficient aircraft. New generation aircraft will deliver noise and emissions reductions, and with improved Airport procedures such as Continuous Descent Approaches for aircraft on arrival help to reduce fuel consumption.

Whilst this addresses what is happening in the air, Bristol Airport is focused on this key issue and uses technology to improve efficiency and decrease carbon footprint on the ground. Bristol Airport was the first airport in Europe to offset all passenger journeys to and from the Airport by road commencing from January 2020. The carbon offsetting scheme forms part of the Airport’s carbon roadmap undertaking to be carbon neutral by 2025 and net zero by 2050 in line with the commitment made by the European airport industry, to which Bristol was amongst the first signatories. Bristol Airport uses 100 per cent renewable energy supply, increased solar power initiatives, and is adding additional electric vehicles to the fleet.

Over a decade of transformational change has taken place at Bristol Airport and data shows that whilst passenger numbers continued to increase, the number of flights in 2019 was below the number of aircraft movements in 2008. During the same period the Airport actively worked towards improvements in reducing its environmental footprint including reducing the CO2 emissions per passenger, reducing waste, with zero waste going into landfill and waste recycling increasing. With CO2 emissions reducing from 1.2kg per passenger in 2008 to 0.62kg per passenger in 2019.

Fly local. Bristol Airport commissioned a study in 2018 which concluded that if passengers from the South West used Bristol Airport instead of London Airports it would save an estimated 157,000 tonnes in carbon emissions – by making better use of Bristol Airport. 157,000 tonnes in carbon is equivalent to more than 15 million gallons of petrol, or similar to the amount generated by charging 17.7 billion smartphones or powering a 42” LCD TV for over 94,000 years! The study highlights that preventing people from using their local airport could have the unintended consequence of increasing carbon emissions and road congestion in the process.

Front door to the world. In 2019, 1.5 million visitors visited our region via Bristol Airport.

As the aviation industry looks beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, it is imperative that all regions of the country have sufficient infrastructure to build back better in a more sustainable way. Bristol Airport has taken this challenge and is aiming higher. The Airport is proud to be working with many key stakeholders in the South West through innovative projects across many environmental areas. The Airport is part of a consortium of regional businesses which have progressed a bid under the Local Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge for Future Flight funding to bring innovative alternative fuel flight operations to the South West. The Airport has been directly involved in obtaining funding with the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) to decarbonise regional transport including the introduction of on-demand bus services. The airlines operating from the Airport use some of the latest next generation aircraft including the Airbus A320 and A321 NEO which has been operating from the airport since 2018. The use of leading-edge technology continues and the Airport is looking at the role of autonomous vehicles onsite with successful live trials completed by CAPRI.

The Airport is working hard to improve biodiversity and ecology on site and within the local area. A number of projects have been implemented from locating beehives directly at the Airport; supporting local initiatives by organisations such as the Bristol and Avon Rivers Trust (BART) funding tree planting for local flood prevention. Maintaining bat roosts and a badger ‘hotel’ on site, a summer ‘wild’ meadow as well as a 10 hectare woodland near the Airport to drive more wider biodiversity benefits, which includes Sites of Scientific Interest area.

Looking forward Bristol Airport is working with the aviation industry in the region to ensure it becomes a global centre for clean aviation growth.

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