The UK Government has given its approval for the Bristol Airport expansion by deciding not to block the planning application approved by the North Somerset Council.

Communities and Local Government Minister Eric Pickles made the decision not to object to the £150m ($233m) project.

The expansion work, due to start in 2011, will include construction of additional aircraft stands, extensions to the terminal and improved car parking.

The expansion will double the size of the airport and enhance its terminal capacity to handle ten million passengers by 2020, according to