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Bristol Airport's expansion plans have been given the green light following a planning appeal.

Plans to expand the airport to cater for an additional 2M passengers a year were knocked back by North Somerset Council in February 2020. The airport then appealed to the Planning Inspectorate to overturn the decision, with the inquiry drawing to a close in October last year.

The Planning Inspectorate has now said it will allow the expansion to proceed.

This will lift the cap on Bristol Airport’s capacity from 10M to 12M passengers a year and enables additional investment, including new upgrades to the terminal building, parking facilities, and public transport links.

Bristol Airport chief executive Dave Lees said the airport welcomes the decision.

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