Following a multi million pound investment programme at Bristol Airport’s East and West terminals, the airport has reported a significant increase in turnover and profitability.
Record passenger numbers – 6.77 million – has meant that turnover rose last year by £6.8 million to £76.8 million; of which pre-tax profits rose to £31.2 million for 2015, year ending 31st December, up from £29.7 million in 2014.
Recording its seventh year of growth, and in 2015 this was 7.7%, ahead of the 5.5% national average, passenger numbers surpassed all of the airport’s records.
Many factors have contributed to this record year, upheld by the investment programme, including easyJet and Wizz Air adding additional aircraft to the airport during the key summer months, plus new routes being offered out of the airport. What’s more, the passenger experience has been enhanced by larger departure lounge space, more retail outlets, eateries and a second business executive lounge.
The airport’s Directors issued a statement, alongside the announcement, saying “In 2015, BRS grew passenger volumes for the seventh consecutive year, achieving record passenger volumes of 6.77 million.
“By the end of 2015, BRS served 116 destinations across 30 countries, with a wide variety of services in each of the three key market sectors – low cost, charter and full service – including direct services to 16 capital cities.
“More than 60 per cent of the increase in passenger volumes was driven by further growth from easyjet, with Ryanair and Wizz Air accounting for a further 23 per cent of the year-on-year increase.”