Airline easyJet is adding its 17th aircraft to its Bristol fleet, meaning there will be five new routes leaving the airport.
The extra Airbus aircraft will mean that there are now 600 easyJet employees based in the city.
Bristol, which is under an hour away from Gloucester and sits on the border of South Gloucestershire, will see new routes going to Rhodes, in Greece, Montpellier and Biarritz, in France, and Brindisi and Milan, in Italy.
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The airline operates 74 routes and up to 740 flights a week out of Bristol – 10 per cent more than in summer 2018 – making it the airline’s largest UK base outside of London, reports Bristol Live.
Ali Gayward, UK country manager for easyJet, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating flying over 55 million passengers from Bristol today, this is a fantastic milestone for us.
“Bristol is a key market for easyJet and we continue to be committed to sustainable growth at the airport.
“We have added a significant number of extra seats this summer which means we can continue to provide affordable, convenient connections for our customers whether they’re travelling for business or leisure.
“I have to thank our fantastic customers who travel to and from Bristol for their loyalty and support. We remain excited about the future at Bristol.”
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