Bristol Airport in UK has announced plans to extend its terminal building, which is expected to be complete by 2015.

This project will be the first major building expansion since the airport began operations in 2000. Construction on the £8.6m extension is expected to start in September.

The airport recently completed a £6.5m central walkway that had been designed to ease traffic congestion at peak travel times.

The walkway houses four pre-boarding zones and will be officially opened by aviation minister Robert Goodwill.

"High-quality infrastructure will also make Bristol Airport even more attractive to airlines, helping to extend the choice of destinations available."

It serves six departure gates and has been designed to cater the latest generation of aircraft such as the Boeing 787.

Bristol Airport chief executive officer Robert Sinclair said: "The central walkway sets a new benchmark for passenger facilities at the airport and the eastern terminal extension will raise the bar higher again.

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"High-quality infrastructure will also make Bristol Airport even more attractive to airlines, helping to extend the choice of destinations available, including long-haul services to North America and the Middle East in future."

These expansions are part of the airport development programme, which has planning approval for facilities to handle ten million passengers every year.

This includes features such as a terminal extension to the west, an interchange of public transport, a multi-storey car park and an on-site hotel.

The airport recently saw the introduction of a second immigration point, additional security search channels and three new aircraft stands featuring fixed electrical ground power.

Bristol Airport is the UK’s fifth largest airport outside London and the ninth largest in the UK, which saw approximately 6.1 million passengers in 2013.