Pete Dowens says Brexit will affect airport staff

Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017

petePete Downes, head of aviation confirmed that UK’s exit from the EU will have more impact on Bristol airport’s staff than the customers.


Since Brexit the fall in the value of pound versus the euro and the dollar left the travellers undeterred.


The decision will come to fruition in March 2019 already saw the airport staff getting affected. The airport staff handled 7.5 million passengers last year and the number will surge to 8 million by this year.


The effects are manifesting themselves in some specific ways , the transatlantic market had some impact. For people who live in the region travelling out to Europe had no impact to demand.


The recruitment sector has seen some impact, UK has the fastest-expanding regional airports and as of now the recruitment have been quite testing. The airport is full of staff right now.


A majority of the staff comes from the central and eastern European area or southern European countries like the Spain and Portugal.


The number of people coming to the UK for work in those countries is not the same as it was before the referendum.


However, Downes confirmed that the airport’s business remained same. The airport holds a planning permission to handle 10 million passengers annually.


Around £160 million has been spent on the Bristol airport since 2010 with £24 million on the west terminal extension.


The entire security check area was overhauled with the introduction of a fast-track space.


There has been an installation of 10 e-passport gates as a part of the revamp of the immigration hall.

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