Bristol Airport could get new glazed extension

Bristol International Airport (BIA) could be set for a new glazed extension to its terminal.

If plans are approved, the new facilities will enable the airport to increase its annual capacity to over 10 million in less than eight years.

Consisting of glass-fronted extensions to east and west of the existing terminal building, the improvement will also include extra parking and space for nine extra aircraft stands.

Speaking of the improvement plans, BIA director of environment and planning Alan Davies explained that the proposed extension was a reflection of public demand.

"We are committed to developing and enhancing the airports role as a regional gateway for international travel," he said.

"Demand for air travel to and from the South West is forecast to grow, and by increasing the choice of services we offer and enhancing the facilities we provide to passengers we can reduce reliance on airports outside the region."

Meanwhile, there has been talk of building a completely new airport in Londons Thames Estuary to help cope with travel demand in the capital.

Heathrow Airport recently opened its glass-clad Terminal 5 but a debate is raging over whether to add another runway.