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Council Approves Bristol Airport Expansion

26 May 2010

The proposed plan to expand Bristol Airport in the UK has received approval from North Somerset Council, although final approval must be won from the government.

The £150m ($215m) plan will include the expansion of the airport terminal, new aircraft stands and noise mitigation measures.

Clearance by the council will allow the airport to execute its plans to handle ten million passengers by 2019-20 from its current six million, according to the BBC.

The plan will now be referred to the UK Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government due to the scale of the development within the green belt.

The approval includes a condition to build a new link road, improve public transport, restrictions on night flights between 11.30pm and 6am, and annual passenger numbers.