Bristol Airport (BRS) in the UK has received approval from the independent Planning Inspectorate to further expand its capacity.

The approval will allow Bristol Airport to increase its capacity from 10 million to 12 million passengers annually.

It will also see the improvements to the terminal building, parking areas and public transport links.

The expansion is estimated to create new 800 employment opportunities at the Bristol Airport and around 5,000 jobs in the region.

Bristol Airport said that a plan is in place to offer future job opportunities for the local residents as well as create a fund to help transition people from low paid work into careers at the airport.

It added that up to $406,803 (£300,000) will be provided for training, work experience, apprenticeships and job readiness.

Bristol Airport CEO Dave Lees said: “Bristol Airport welcomes the decision of the Planning Inspectorate.

“The decision is excellent news for our region’s economy, allowing us to create thousands of new jobs in the years ahead and provide more choice for our customers, supporting inbound tourism and reducing the millions of road journeys made to London airports each year.

“We will now push ahead with our multi-million-pound plans for net-zero operations by 2030 and look forward to working with stakeholders and the community to deliver sustainable growth.”

Through this expansion, Bristol Airport intends to explore new direct links to Europe and the Middle East and North America (MENA) regions.

In December last year, Bristol Airport was awarded level 3+ carbon neutrality status for its direct emissions from the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme.