EasyJet is weighing up whether to add longer haul destinations to its network from Bristol airport.

The disclosure from UK director Paul Simmons came on the back of improved winter financial figures from the low fares airline earlier this week.

The carrier serves 43 destinations from the southwest airport – its largest outside London – having recently added Copenhagen and Naples.

Simmons, quoted by local media, said: “Bristol is one of our strongest and oldest operations and we remain very committed to the airport and to the region.”

“We have recently added a new A320 Airbus aircraft to the fleet at Bristol,” he said.

“We are increasing the size of aircraft based at Bristol which means that we can then look at longer-haul destinations.

“Bristol is a strong base but are always looking at ways to improve our offering to customers and to develop the business offering.

“As part of that we would consider introducing longer leisure routes.”

He added: “We have also been looking at improving our share of the business market in Bristol.

“We have been involved in a close dialogue with several of the major employers in the city in sectors such as financial services and aviation.

“It is always important for us to be in close communication with our customers. The Bristol market is performing very well for us and the airport is a good operation which offers a good product.

“Looking ahead there are still a number of uncertainties out there but in Bristol we are very comfortable with the current situation.”