More passengers fly from Bristol to Scotland than from any other UK airport outside London, according to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) data.
The authority's analysis of domestic scheduled flights reveals that nearly 630,000 journeys were made between Bristol and Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness last year - a 4.5% increase over the previous year.
Bristol Airport’s biggest carrier, easyJet, operates 22 flights weekly from Bristol to Edinburgh, 19 per week to Glasgow, plus a daily flight to Inverness. Just under 300,000 passengers used the Bristol-Edinburgh service last year, benefiting from a schedule which includes four flights daily on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Glasgow is also served by four flights on a Friday, with three daily on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
The Aberdeen service operates twice daily with a direct jet service by bmi regional using an Embraer 145. Passengers can check in up to 30-minutes prior to departure and receive free hold baggage allowance of 20kg, plus complimentary onboard catering.
Shaun Browne, aviation director at Bristol Airport, said: “While the majority of passengers using Bristol Airport are flying overseas, domestic routes to more distant parts of the UK remain important in keeping the South West connected.
“We expect further growth on these routes in 2013 and are actively exploring ways to strengthen links with Scotland with our airline partners to support these important business and leisure markets.”