The Airport Operator

Bristol Airport is appealing to overturn a local council vote to block its expansion, with a pledge to become the UK’s first net zero airport in 2030.

Bristol Airport CEO, Dave Lees, told The Airport Operator that if the appeal is successful, the airport will move forward with plans to improve its terminal and airside infrastructure. Immigration and security will be enhanced. There will be new car parking facilities and surface access improvements on and off-site. Airside changes will include additional piers and a new parallel taxiway – all of which will enable the airport to enhance existing connectivity, not just to European destinations, but also potentially to the US East Coast, to a Middle East hub and to Istanbul.

The airport has made a series of announcements underlining its commitment to decarbonise its own operations and to collaborate with other major players in the sector to advance wider decarbonisation plans. Earlier in the summer it announced that it would achieve being a carbon-neutral airport four years ahead of schedule, reducing the time scale from 2025 to 2021. It also claimed a leadership position in the sector by confirming that it will be the first net-zero airport in the UK by 2030, 20 years ahead of the Government target date.

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