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Easyjet boosts Bristol Airport passenger numbers

The low cost airline has announced it'll base a 17th aircraft at the airport which could account for an extra 45,000 passengers a year.

The airline made the announcement as they revealed three brand new routes from Bristol.

A further 186-seat Airbus A320 aircraft will now be based in Bristol and joins seven 156-seat Airbus A319 and nine 186-seat A320 aircraft currently serving the airline’s customers in the South West.

The additional aircraft will provide 93,000 additional seats for customers looking to travel to and from Bristol this summer.

A route between Bristol and Milan Malpensa will operate four times a week throughout the year on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with first flights taking off on 1st July. Flights between Bristol and Brindisi in Southern Italy will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays and will launch on the 3rd July and flights between Bristol and Biarritz in the South of France will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays with flights launching on 2nd July, both operating throughout the summer season.

The airline will also increase its Bristol – Paris Charles de Gaulle frequency, adding an additional daily flight to and from the French capital

Pic above: Ali Gayward & Nigel Scott 

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating further expansion at Bristol Airport.

The addition of another aircraft and even more routes will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the base providing passengers with an even greater range of convenient flights to a fantastic variety of destinations across our network.

“Our ongoing growth at Bristol demonstrates easyJet’s long-term commitment to providing connectivity for the South West.

"We continue to be the largest airline at Bristol and in the coming weeks we will carry our 55 millionth passenger, showing that our customers continue to book with confidence.”

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director for Bristol Airport said: “This is fantastic news as easyJet continues to invest in Bristol Airport and basing seventeen aircraft at its second largest base.

"The additional aircraft will provide extra flights to Paris, and an additional three new destinations of Milan, Brindisi and Biarritz to the route network from Bristol Airport.

"These new routes increase the choice of destinations available to passengers in the South West and Wales region, selecting to fly from their local airport.”

The airport has recently applied to North Somerset Council to expand its operations to 12 million passengers a year. Currently its operating at about 9.1 million passengers a year with a cap of 10 million.

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