Bristol Airport
2019

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RED SEASIDE: Sharm El Sheikh direct flights from Bristol Airport go on sale this weekend with the first flights departing May 2020. TUI, the world’s largest holiday company and the UK’s number one holiday provider, is delighted the ban has been lifted to the stunning Red Sea resort. The area was always a firm favourite due to its breath-taking scenic landscape, year-round dry climate with hot summers and warm winters as well as its long stretches of beautiful natural beaches and clear, calm seas. The resort is also widely popular with those seeking water sport activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling in the famous coral reefs. Resorts including TUI Magic Life Sharm El Sheikh and Reef Oasis Blue Bay along the beautiful Red Sea coast will be on sale, with more hotel announcements in the pipeline.TUI UK & Ireland product and destination experience director Mark Hall said: "Sharm el Sheikh was always a hugely popular destination and I am delighted to confirm that we are reintroducing the Egypt favourite to our summer 2020 programme.

Egyptian holidays

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, launched its first flight on a new route at the end of October from Bristol to Hurghada in Egypt - the 72nd destination easyJet now flies to on its Bristol network.

Flights to the popular Egyptian resort are now operating twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter, providing travellers from the south west with an exciting winter sun getaway destination known for world-class diving, beach hopping and buzzy nightlife along the so-called Red Sea Riviera.

The new service is expected to carry over 13,500 customers this winter.

easyJet UK country manager Ali Gayward, said: "We are delighted to be launching our first flight from Bristol to Hurghada.

"As the largest airline at Bristol we’re focused on strengthening our network and providing our customers in the south west with great value services by offering low fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.”

  • To book and for more information at easyJet’s Bristol network visit www.easyjet.com

  • To read a Nailsea People review of a winter holiday in Hurgarda click HERE

PHOTO: easyJet’s crew celebrate the arrival of the airline’s first inaugural flight from Bristol to Hurghada

announce extra 266,000 from Bristol Airport for summer 2020

TUI, the UK’s largest holiday company, has announced their biggest ever holiday programme with new destinations which include two to Spain added to its summer 2020 programme from Bristol Airport.

Included in the destination timetable:  

 

  • New flights to Izmir, Girona and Almeria

  •  Additional weekly flights introduce 10 and 11 night holidays to destinations including Florida and Greece

  • 266,000 extra seats go on sale today from Bristol Airport

 

The new flights from Bristol Airport will go on sale today with Izmir flights operating on Saturdays, Girona on Tuesdays and Almeria on Sundays.   

Sticking with its commitment of offering more flexibility and choice, TUI will also introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to long haul family favourite Orlando Sanford (Florida) plus mid-haul hotspots Bodrum (Turkey) and Skiathos (Greece), providing even more duration options for customers.

Bristol Airport will also see additional flying days to TUI customer favourites such as Antalya (Turkey), Tenerife (Spain) and Larnaca (Cyprus). 

The summer 2020 programme will also see an increase in the frequency of flights operating to Dalaman (Turkey) and Palma (Spain) on Wednesdays, giving holidaymakers from the South West more choice when booking next year’s summer holiday.

TUI UK and Ireland aviation planning director Karen Switzer said: “Earlier this month TUI announced an additional two million seats to many holiday destination favourites and today the majority of these seats go on sale for summer 2020.

"We are delighted that our new additions launched today provide holidaymakers departing from Bristol Airport with even more choice when deciding where to go next summer on holiday.

"The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to some of our customer’s favourite holiday hotspots demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.“

Bristol Airport development director Nigel Scott said: “This is incredibly positive news with TUI adding an extra 266,000 seats for summer 2020 season.

"We have worked closely with TUI to identify new opportunities which sees a range of exciting new destinations, and additional 10 and 11 night holidays and new flights to the most popular destinations.

"We are particularly delighted with the additional second weekly service to Orlando (Sanford) which provides improved options to the existing TUI long haul services from Bristol.”

  • * Additional flying days from Bristol Airport: Antalya, Turkey (Mon, Fri), Bourgas, Bulgaria (Thurs), Dalaman, Turkey (Fri, Sun), Herakilon, Greece (Tues), Ibiza, Spain(Fri), Kos, Greece (Weds), Larnaca, Cyprus (Thurs), Gran Canaria, Spain (Sat), Menorca, Spain (Sat), Palma, Spain (Mon, Fri), Rhodes, Greece (Tues), Tenerife, Spain (Sun), Zakynthos, Greece (Thurs)

To grow or not to grow - that is the question?

Weston people want Bristol Airport to expand - but what do Nailsea people think?

A new poll has shown there is strong support for Bristol Airport’s development plans from residents of Weston-super-Mare.

Leading market research consultancy, ComRes, interviewed people in North Somerset’s largest town to find out views on proposals to increase the capacity of Bristol Airport. 

Those supporting the airport’s plans outnumbered those opposing them by nearly four to one, that is 59 per cent vs 16 per cent.

Nearly three quarters of those interviewed had heard about the airport’s proposals to increase capacity from 10 to 12 million passengers a year.

Around 500 of the 4,000 people currently working at the airport are residents of Weston. 

Many more come from Nailsea and its outlying villages.

The proposed development will create more than 1,000 additional jobs at the airport, with thousands more supported in the supply chain and the wider regional economy.   

Earlier this month, Bristol Airport announced plans to provide an hourly service round-the-clock on the Weston Flyer bus which operates between Weston-super-Mare station and the terminal, making future employment opportunities even more accessible to the town’s residents. 

An improved timetable will also be accompanied by a change in route to incorporate Worle station, providing another link to the rail network for passengers.

Development plans would also provide a boost to Weston’s tourism industry, which itself employs 7,500 people, seven per cent of the town’s total workforce.  Tourists flying into the region stay longer and spend more, with forecasts showing that increased connectivity delivered by the current development plans would contribute £380 million to the region’s visitor economy by the mid-2020s.

Bristol Airport chief executive officer Dave Lees said:

“Bristol Airport’s continued success will deliver increased connectivity with the rest of the world, careers for local people and opportunities for businesses in construction and the wider supply chain. 

"We welcome this show of support for our exciting development plans.”

MPs and councils in the area are mostly in favour of the expansion with only North Somerset Council crucially yet to make up its mind.

According to a Bristol Cable online news report 'on one side looms the mighty Bristol Airport, flanked by the business lobby and many local politicians including Somerset’s Conservative MPs. On the other side, the opponents: many locals, environmental campaigners, some councillors, the Green Party, Extinction Rebellion, to name a few. In the middle sits North Somerset council who are expected to deliver their verdict in the next few months, after multiple delays. I’ll be upfront; I’m rooting for the resistance. What good will an increased opportunity to holiday in Faliraki be when we’re all submerged below sea level?'

Weston mayor Mark Canniford said: "Clearly the creation of good jobs and opportunities at Bristol Airport is very important to our town and local economy. 

"This has to be done with sensitivity to our neighbours and environment, but as part of our modern way of life we have to find ways to allow business to expand to create wealth for our residents. 

"This will never be an easy decision as expansions is very controversial to many, but the survey seems to show broad support for Bristol Airport and their future plans.”

Email your comments to nailseapeople@gmail.com or add to the Nailsea People Facebook page

New waiting zone for Uber

Drivers who use the Uber app will use a new waiting zone at Bristol Airport from next month, helping to reduce the number of vehicles parking in lanes and laybys in local villages.

The transport giant will ‘geo-fence’ the new area, which is located just off the A38 roundabout serving the Airport’s Silver Zone car park. This means that drivers can only be dispatched to the terminal to pick up passengers if they are in the waiting zone.

The waiting zone will open next month and comes in response to calls for action from neighbouring communities concerned about the impact of inconsiderate parking by taxis and other vehicles causing disturbance and even obstructing access to properties.

The waiting zone will also be open to private cars, providing an hour’s free period as an alternative to the existing Drop and Go area adjacent to the terminal. A shuttle bus will operate between the terminal and the waiting zone every ten minutes.The airport’s official taxi partner, Arrow Cars, will continue to drop off and pick up directly outside the terminal.

Bristol Airport head of commercial Tom Hack said: "We are delighted that drivers who use the Uber app will be using this new facility.

"“It will help to reduce disturbance to our neighbours while providing drivers with a safe and secure place to wait between fares.”

Uber South England head of Cities Eugenie Teasley said: "We are really excited to be working with Bristol Airport.

"It is our goal to move people from A to B, all at the touch of a button, and by working with Bristol Airport, we hope to make it easier for people to get to and from the airport."

Bristol Airport switches to 100% renewable electricity

In a significant step towards reducing its carbon footprint, Bristol Airport has switched to a 100 per cent renewable electricity supply. 

The announcement follows the recent publication of a carbon roadmap setting out how the airport will become carbon neutral by 2025 for emissions within its direct control.

The new three-year agreement with global renewable energy supplier, Ørsted, will see the airport’s annual electricity use of 17 million kWh powered entirely by renewable sources. 

Electricity is the largest contributor to carbon emissions from on-site airport operations. 

In addition to the electricity used in the terminal and other buildings, a growing number of aircraft stands are equipped with Fixed Electrical Ground Power (FEGP), reducing the need to use diesel powered engines for essential pre-flight services. 

Over the duration of the contract an estimated 14,000 tonnes of carbon will be saved across the airport site as a result of the move to renewables – equivalent to the emissions from driving 34 million miles in an average car.

Bristol Airport planning and sustainability director Simon Earles said: “From next month our terminal and other facilities will be powered by renewable energy – a significant step on our journey to carbon neutrality.  

"There is more to do, but this is a clear statement of our intent to reduce our direct emissions.”

Ørsted Sales (UK) Ltd managing director Ashley Phillips said: “It’s exciting that an international airport like Bristol is placing such strong emphasis on sustainability. 

"At Ørsted, we want to drive the transition to low-carbon energy systems in the UK, and support organisations like Bristol Airport that share this ambition of creating a greener energy future.”

As well as addressing direct emissions, Bristol Airport’s carbon roadmap includes a commitment to offset road journeys by passengers and explains how flights will tackled through the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) – an international agreement aimed at stabilising emissions at 2020 levels.

The vision of Danish company Ørsted is a world that runs entirely on green energy and to this aim they develop, construct and operate offshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions.

They provide UK businesses with renewable electricity at no extra cost, and with innovative, smart energy solutions.

PHOTO: Pictured right is Bristol Airport business development director Nigel Scott + flight crew celebrating the first Brussels flight

Travel direct Bristol to Brussels

You can now fly direct from Bristol Airport to the capital of Belgian with the welcom the return this September of Brussels Airlines.

The service reconnects the cities of Bristol and Brussels and provides a wide range of European and long- haul destinations available from a European hub airport.

The service operates six times a week - excluding Saturdays -  and on Sunday, October 27, the airline increases its frequency to twice a day offering passengers a total of 12 flights a week.

Passengers on the flight departing from Bristol Airport on Monday, September 2, enjoyed gifts of handmade Belgian chocolates at the boarding gate prior to boarding the flight with one lucky passenger winning two tickets to use the Bristol Airport Aspire Executive Lounge for a future visit.

Bristol Airport business development director Nigel Scott said: "We are delighted Brussels Airlines has returned to Bristol Airport and operating flights between Bristol and Brussels, the route will also offer extensive onward connectivity options for passengers. 

"The service will appeal to passengers whether travelling for business or leisure. 

"It offers opportunities for inbound visitors using Bristol as a gateway to the region.

"With frequent travel connections, inbound tourists will be able to experience the vibrant cities of Bristol and Bath, and the host of iconic tourist attractions and beautiful coastline we have in the region.

"We look forward to developing our close partnership with Brussels Airlines further in the future.”

Taking off

Passengers travelling through Bristol Airport from this month will see a new awareness programme entitled Get On Board. 

The initiative will help raise awareness of the serious implications of disruptive behaviour at the airport or on board an aircraft.

Bristol Airport is already committed to the UK Aviation Code of Practice on Disruptive Passengers and is an active member of the ‘One Too Many’ initiative, the aviation industry’s disruptive passenger awareness programme.

The Get On Board awareness campaign will be a timely reminder to passengers of the serious consequences of disruptive activity, and reinforces the UK Aviation Industry Code of Practice on Disruptive Passengers.

Penalties can range from being denied boarding, an airline ban with fines of up to £80,000 or jail for the most serious offences.

Passengers will see warnings about disruptive behaviour posted on digital display screens in the terminal, in retail and food and drink outlets, and on social media clearly stating it is an offence to be disruptive on-board an aircraft.  

The campaign will feature the strapline ‘If you’re not on board, you won’t get on board’.

Tom Hack, Head of Commercial, Bristol Airport said:

“We want all passengers flying from Bristol Airport to have an enjoyable start to their journey, but anti-social behaviour by a minority can spoil the experience for everyone. Any anti-social behaviour by a passenger is not accepted by the Airport or airlines and could result in passengers being refused travel. Through coordinated involvement from the airport police, catering managers, airlines and airport’s operational teams may result in the passenger being denied boarding and subsequently missing their flight. Bristol Airport’s new Get On Board campaign provides a helpful reminder to passengers about the consequences of disruptive behaviour during their time at the Airport prior to boarding their flight.”

The Get On Board campaign is only one of a number of measures already in place at Bristol Airport since 2017.  These include, not selling single bottles of spirits in Airside shops; double measures of spirits not served in bars; security restricting access to the Departure Lounge if passengers are disruptive or provide cause for concern.  

Busy August bank holiday at Bristol Airport

This year will be a record year for Bristol Airport with more than 125,000 passengers expected to use the airport during the August bank holiday weekend from Friday to Monday, August 23-26.

An increase of four per cent passenger growth compared to the same period last year.

With the summer season already on track to surpass previous passenger levels, airlines and tour operators are reporting strong bookings for what is traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year for air travel. 

Passengers are taking advantage of new destinations on the Bristol Airport network including Biarritz (France) and Brindisi (Italy) and the sun destinations of Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt remaining strong.

However, it is not all one-way traffic.  

Bristol Airport is seeing an increase in visitors from Germany, Switzerland and Austria with passengers flying from Cologne, Basle, Milan and Vienna to meet friends and family and enjoy the holiday weekend together and to visit the region’s attractions.

Departing passengers are reminded to allow extra time for their journey to the airport during the busy bank holiday weekend. 

In order to complete essential processes such as check-in, bag-drop, security and boarding, passengers are advised to arrive in the terminal a minimum of two hours in advance of their flight departure.

Arriving passengers can help keep time spent at border control to a minimum by having passports open to the photograph page and removing hats and sunglasses in advance of inspection, with families encouraged to go through the border together.

Bristol Airport new energy charging zone

Bristol Airport has switched on the power for electric vehicle (EV) drivers with the installation of a 10-bay charging zone, along with the capability to extend in the future. 

The chargepoints are located in the airport’s new multi-storey car park.

The installations are the first in a programme of upgrades across various airport locations, which will be designed to meet the needs of customers, staff and visitors.

They are also a key part of Bristol Airport’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2025, and net-zero by 2050.

Shuttlebus service

A six-month trial of two bus services from rural locations in North Somerset to Bristol Airport are set to be launched next year.
One shuttle will run from Nailsea and Backwell railway station while the other will start in Clevedon and stop at Yatton railway station and Cleeve.
Trials for both services may start as early as 2020. 
Around 10 million passengers a year currently use the airport and North Somerset Council is considering a planning application for an expansion which could see up to 12 million travellers using the airport by mid-2020s. 
Bristol Airport head of sustainability James Shearman said: “We continue to listen to feedback from our local communities on the need to improve public transport services to the Airport and since 2011 we’ve invested £8 million in transport improvements.
"The new services will provide an innovative, flexible and competitively priced service, with discounts available for staff working at the airport.
“We are committed to exploring new public transport alternatives where these are economically viable. 
“The Bristol Flyer started life as a minibus when the service commenced and has grown in popularity to the extent that in 2018 over 800,000 journeys were made. 
"We’re hopeful the trials will be as successful.”  
The Nailsea and Clevedon on demand public transport service forms part of a multi-million pound package to help cut Co2 emissions created by an extra two million people using the airport.

Climate emergency roadmap

Bristol Airport responds to climate emergency with roadmap to reduce emission
  • Carbon neutral target fast-tracked to 2025
  • Carbon levy to offset all road journeys
  • Flights to fall under international agreement to keep emissions at 2020 levels

 

Bristol Airport has published a carbon roadmap setting out how it will achieve its ambition to be a net zero airport and accelerating efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.

The roadmap has been published in direct response to concerns that the proposed development of the airport could be inconsistent with climate emergencies declared by local authorities in the West of England. 

It sets ambitious targets which would put Bristol at the forefront of carbon reduction in the UK airport sector.

Two years ago Bristol Airport set a target to be carbon neutral by 2030 for all emissions under its direct control (primarily from electricity, gas and ground vehicles). 

The roadmap brings this target forward to 2025 and will be achieved through a range of measures including increased use of electric vehicles and a shift to renewable energy sources. 

The airport’s ultimate objective is to become net zero by 2050 in line with the commitment made by the European airport industry last month, to which Bristol was amongst the first signatories.

As well as addressing direct emissions, the new roadmap sets out how the impact of passenger travel to the airport and emissions from flights will be tackled.   Emissions from road journeys will be offset by a new carbon levy on vehicles using the Express Drop Off – the least sustainable way to get to the airport.  When it is introduced later this year, the proceeds of the levy will be used to offset emissions from all surface access journeys. 

Emissions from flights will be tackled through the Carbon Offsetting and

BA net zeor road map.png

Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) which will commence in 2021 with the aim of stabilising emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels.

Bristol Airport chief executive officer Dave Lees said: “Our carbon roadmap sets out how we are responding to the challenge of climate change. 

"It combines ambitious targets with clear actions and a timeline against which we will chart our progress. 

"It not only covers direct emissions from our site but also tackles the impact of passenger journeys to the airport and flights themselves. 

"Decarbonising aviation will not be easy, but this plan shows we are serious about reducing our emissions so we can all continue to enjoy the benefits of air travel in a low carbon future.”

To read the roadmap click on the image.

Bristol to Brussels X 12

Brussels Airlines is reconnecting Bristol Airport with the Belgium capital.

The Belgian airline will connect Bristol with Brussels 12 times a week.

The first flight from Bristol to Brussels will take off on Sunday, September 1.

Brussels Airlines offers daily flights between five airports in the UK the capital of Europe.
The connection between Bristol Airport and Brussels Airport is not entirely new, as flybmi used to operate this route for Brussels Airlines until February this year.

As the connection between both cities remains of strategic importance to the airline, Brussels Airlines now reconnects both airports with operator CityJet.

After the inaugural first the airline will operates the route six times a week until Sunday, October 27, when it increases its frequencies to 12 weekly flights.
Lufthansa Group senior sales director for the UK, Ireland and Iceland Andreas Koester said: “The new connection between Bristol and Brussels is an important expansion to the Lufthansa Group network in the UK, where we offer flights to the European mainland out of 12 different airports.

"With two flights daily out of Bristol, Brussels Airlines offers point-to-point passengers a flexible schedule and create a broad range of possibilities for passengers connecting to one of the many other destinations in our network.”

Bristol Airport business development director Nigel Scott said: “We are delighted Brussels Airlines will be returning to Bristol Airport and operating flights between Bristol and Brussels, the route will also offer extensive onward connectivity options for passengers.

"The service will appeal to passengers whether travelling for business or leisure. It offers opportunities for inbound visitors using Bristol as a gateway to the region.

"With frequent travel connections, inbound tourists will be able to experience the vibrant cities of Bristol and Bath, and the host of iconic tourist attractions and beautiful coastline we have in the region. We look forward to developing our close partnership with Brussels Airlines further in the future."
Brussels Airlines now connects five cities in the UK with Brussels, the capital of Europe.

Next to Bristol, the airline’s network also includes Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

Look no driver!

Bristol Airport hosted a breakfast business meeting to talk about futuristic driverless vehicles.

It introduced the Capri autonomous pod giving people an opportunity to better understand the future of robotic vehicles.

Bristol Airport CEO Dave Lees highlighted the opportunities that flying creates for millions by connecting people in an international world and giving people freedom.

Balanced alongside this however the airport also has a key responsibility in ensuring that this is achieved in a responsible manner including moving quicker towards a lower carbon future.

Capri project manager George Lunt, of AECOM, said airports are poised for the roll-out of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Westfield Technology Group CEO Julian Turner did the technical and development details.

Capri has been working with Bristol Airport during the past six months to develop a business case for autonomous pods on its site.

A phased approach that will progress with improvements in the technical capability of autonomous vehicles is being considered.

This work has included passenger engagement and questionnaires, led and developed by the University of West England.

The pod’s first public appearance will take place in later this year at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a diverse estate that includes retail, recreation, residential and business centres.

This will be followed by a trial around The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.

Mr Lunt,said: “Connected and autonomous vehicles are predicted to make a huge impact on society, but require significant research and development to support their future commercial use."With a wide range of potential markets for on-demand mobility services, our project has clear economic benefits that will inform the business cases for these types of schemes.

"Our work with Bristol Airport is an important stage of the project as we look in detail at the underlying operating models required to deliver a viable service.”

A large number of consortium partners are based in the West of England, putting the region at the forefront of this rapidly developing sector.

Capri was awarded multi-million funding from Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) for industry-led research and development projects on CAVs.

PHOTO: From left George Lunt; West of England mayor Tim Bowles, Julian Turner and Dave Lees

A decade of difference

A newly published report has highlighted a decade of transformational change at Bristol Airport. 

The Annual Monitoring Report published on the airport’s web site at www.bristolairport.co.uk shows that while passenger numbers have continued to increase, the number of flights in 2018 was only marginally above the 2008 total.

During the same period, the number of destinations served has significantly increased to nearly 130 across 30 countries, connecting people from our region across the globe. 

This has enabled more than 30 per cent more passengers to fly today from their local airport to visit friends and family, undertake educational trips, travel on business as well as supporting individuals to broaden their experiences including visiting new destinations as well as taking a break or holiday.

The airport now represents the key aviation gateway for visitors to the region for business, education or leisure. 

The passenger experience has been transformed through a significant investment in new facilities at the airport which have culminated in Bristol becoming a European leader for its airport.

At the same time the airport has actively worked towards improvements in reducing its environmental footprint including halving the CO2 emissions per passenger, reduction in waste, with zero waste going into landfill and waste recycling doubling. 

Public transport has seen a five per cent share increase in passengers use with a million passengers alone using the upgraded A1 Flyer service between Bristol Airport and the city each year, and 500 bus services operating to and from the airport each day.

A phased development programme to meet passenger demand, has taken place during the past ten years and Bristol Airport in 2018 experienced nine consecutive years of growth.

This demand is forecast to continue in 2019, with passenger numbers expected to exceed more than nine million for the first time in the airport’s history.  Since 2010 over £225 million has been invested in terminal passenger facilities.

In December 2018 Bristol Airport submitted a planning application to North Somerset Council seeking permission to increase capacity to handle up to 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s.

The proposed development includes new infrastructure, improvements to existing terminal and road facilities, and operational changes to ensure the airport can continue to meet demand for air travel to and from the south west of the UK well into the next decade. 

Annual traffic through the terminal is currently limited to 10 million passengers under the current planning permission.

The proposals represent the first practical step towards an exciting vision to develop the region’s international gateway and working towards becoming a carbon neutral airport.

Bristol Airport chief executive officer Dave Lees said: “The transformation over the last 10 years highlights the growing importance of the airport to the region it serves. 

"The airport provides a greater range of destinations with increased choice than ever before, while it has made progress towards a more sustainable future. 

"Looking forward Bristol Airport will need to actively work towards a lower carbon future in parallel with its aspirations to support its growth as a key economic generator in the region. 

"The latest CCC (Climate Change Commission) report underpins the importance of the issue of climate change and the level of ambition which aviation needs to meet moving forward through the adoption of new technologies, improvements in air traffic management including airspace redesign, newer aircraft including quieter more efficient engines, investment in research and development while accepting that carbon offsetting and carbon capture will also have to play a part in achieving the recommended target of a net zero UK emissions by 2050. 

"Bristol Airport recognises this challenge and will be publishing its Sustainable Growth Strategy this year along with a carbon road map to deliver carbon neutrality.”

Bristol unites Dubai via Amsterdam

Bristol Airport hosted a group of business and leisure agents visiting Dubai for a four-day visit this month.

In collaboration with KLM the group experienced Bristol Airport’s facilities, the inflight product, the ease of connecting through Amsterdam hub airport and showcasing Dubai as a destination available from Bristol Airport.

In the past month KLM added 10,000 additional seats between Bristol and Amsterdam for this summer, commencing from Monday, June 24.

The extra capacity will be provided by upgrading the aircraft operating on the weekday service to a Boeing 737 aircraft, providing an additional 32 seats per flight.

KLM currently operates four daily flights to Amsterdam from Bristol where passengers are able to take advantage of 162 KLM destinations worldwide. 

Bristol Airport business development and corporate relationship manager Dan Mills said: “It was a wonderful opportunity to show our business and leisure agents the ease of using Amsterdam airport to connect to other long-haul destinations.  

"We were guests of Dubai Tourist Board and they provided a range of activities highlighting the best Dubai has to offer, including a desert safari, visit to souks and the Burgh Khalifa experience with the opportunity of soaking up the exotic and cultural atmosphere of the area. 

"It was a great opportunity to showcase the facilities at Bristol Airport and the vital role it plays in the region for passengers choosing to fly-local and not drive to use London airports.”

In 2019 Bristol Airport is investing more than £60 million in customer enhancements and development projects to include car parks, terminal, catering and airline facilities. 

Plans are already well progressed for further growth in 2019 and beyond, building on a successful 2018 which saw 8.6 million passengers use the Airport. 

The success of the airport is clearly linked to the strong economy in the South West region supporting business, inbound tourism and leisure markets.

Forecast to serve more than nine million passengers 2019, Bristol is the ninth busiest airport in the UK, and England’s third largest regional airport operating to 126 direct routes globally.

PHOTO: Dan Mills is pictured second from right enjoying the atmosphere of the Souk with the agents

PEDAL POWER: UK Border Force people peddling 500 miles in 24 hours to raise monies for the Alzheimer Society and Bristol Airport charity of the year Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. The Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today. GWAA provide emergency care to people who are in a state so critical that they require the specialist skills at the scene of the accident or medical incident and are entirely funded by voluntary contributions. Passengers in departure lounge happily donated

SECURITY PATROL: Airport security uses CCTV to scan the perimeters of the Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport litter pickers on spring clean

Volunteers from Bristol Airport completed a litter pick of neighbouring roads and public areas.  

Staff took a couple of hours out from their normal day jobs to clear litter from around the perimeter of the 196 hectare site.

Teams from planning, development, terminal operations, marketing, finance, engineering, maintenance, ground transportation, motor transport and others joined forces and collected more than 30 bags of waste.   

Some of the more unusual items included old wellington boots, towels, and even tyres were found on the grass verges and in lay-bys!
Bristol Airport chief executive officer Dave Lees said: “It was a great effort by everyone who joined in with the litter pick, the team spirit was fantastic. 

"It was my first litter pick since joining Bristol Airport and it was incredible to see the amount of waste collected in such a short space of time.  

"Knowing that we were helping to remove litter was a very worthwhile activity and an invaluable way of spending two hours in the local community.”

Bristol Airport is committed to waste management and in 2018 the airport remained a zero-landfill airport recycling and waste management improvements on site continue. 

This recently included installing an extra water refill station in the departure lounge, bringing the total of three water refill stations in the terminal.

This is supported by all catering outlets in the terminal providing ‘fill up for free’ water top-ups for passengers using their own bottles.    

Bristol Airport continues to reduce carbon emissions across the airport site in order to achieve its objective to be carbon neutral by 2030 by measuring its energy use across the site and seeking to limit emissions.

A range of actions are taking place to reduce the carbon intensity of the airport infrastructure by measuring its success by reducing per passenger carbon emissions.

Further litter pick collections will be arranged throughout the year by the Bristol Airport team. 

Easter holiday getways

More than 400,000 passengers, that is an average of 27,000 passengers per day, will be using Bristol Airport this Easter holiday from Saturday to Sunday, April 6-21.

Top destinations this Easter are Canary Islands, Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia with the hub airports such as Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels remaining popular offering world-wide connections.  

City breaks to Gerona, Seville, Bilbao and Porto are seeing an increase in demand.

The long-haul destinations of Cancun (Mexico) and Orlando (Florida) continue to attract high passenger volumes and flights started earlier this year ahead of previous years to meet passenger demand.

But it’s not all one-way traffic. 

Bristol Airport is expecting an influx of visitors from around the UK and overseas as travellers head for the South West to catch up with friends and family or enjoy the region’s attractions.

Bristol Airport business development director Nigel Scott said: “We are seeing a strong increase in passengers wishing to go away for a weekend city break or to enjoy some early sunshine, and the Easter holiday period is a great opportunity for this.

"We have been busy over the winter season preparing for the summer getaway and various development projects in the terminal have been completed ahead of the summer season."The work includes opening new restaurants, refurbishment of existing restaurants and improvements in the car parks including completion of the multi-storey car park due to open shortly.

"We are not standing still and are continuing to look at passenger

enhancements in the terminal and car parks in the coming months.”

Passengers are advised to arrive at least two hours ahead of their flight’s scheduled departure to ensure they have time to check in, clear security and board their flight. 

Passengers are also advised to check roadworks or travel congestion and plan their journey accordingly over the busy Easter getaway.

New arrival

A new Frankie & Benny’s restaurant opened in Bristol Airport’s departure lounge this week.  

Frankie & Benny’s offers a full menu from breakfast to lunch and dinner specialising in food inspired by New York Italian cuisine including extensive gluten free options, a full cocktail and bar range as well as great children’s meals.

Having invested more than £225 million in new infrastructure and facilities since 2010, Bristol Airport is well positioned to serve passengers across the South West of the UK and provides a gateway to the region for international visitors.  

Bristol Airport head of commercial development Kate Ridgers said: “We are delighted Frankie & Benny’s restaurant has opened at Bristol Airport. 

"After market research and passenger feedback we know passengers start their trip as soon as they arrive at the airport.

"We wanted to offer an extended choice of menu to all passengers ahead of boarding their flight, providing a great place to relax and dine in an exciting new environment.”

Bristol Airport is the ninth largest airport in the UK and the fifth largest airport outside of London. 

In 2018 more than 8.6 million passengers used the Airport with planning approvals now in place for 10 million passengers per annum.  

Mapping route to uni via Bristol Airport

Universities from across the south west of England and South Wales met at Bristol Airport this week as part of a partnership to provide an improved welcome to international students arriving at the region’s major international gateway.

Representatives of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Bath Spa, Cardiff, Exeter and the West of England teamed up with Bristol Airport to discuss a joint approach to ensure the growing number of international students receive the best possible start to their overseas study experience.

 According to figures from the UK Council for International Student Affairs, more than 400,000 international students attend universities in the UK, with institutions in South West England and South Wales accounting for more than one tenth of the total.

 The default choice for many international students is to fly to London airports due to a lack of awareness of the frequent daily flights between Bristol and Amsterdam which provide connections to hundreds of destinations worldwide. 

 Research from the Higher Education Policy Institute found that international students contribute more than £20 billion to the UK economy. This includes tuition fees, knock-on effects across the economy, and spending by visiting friends and relatives.  Other benefits include future investment, business and trade links, and the wider cultural and societal benefits associated with a more diverse population.

Bristol Airport business development director Nigel Scott said: “We recognise the value international students bring to our region, so it is important that we offer a warm welcome. 

"By working with the universities, we can make sure that first impressions are positive for students when they arrive in the UK for the first time.”

UWE global centre head Kelly Cotter said: “Travelling to another country to study can be daunting, so we are delighted to be working with Bristol Airport to extend a very warm welcome to our city to international students as soon as they touch down. 

"Working in collaboration with Bristol Airport and the region’s universities, we want to encourage more students to use the fantastic facilities and links the airport has to offer, helping to make the international student journey as stress free as possible.”

Pioneering 21st century check-in

Passengers travelling from Bristol Airport could be pioneers for a new check-in system which allows them to go between countries without additional paperwork and/or security checks.

SelfPass biometrics solution from Collins Aerospace is among the first to connect multiple airlines, airports and countries.

 

  • A biometric, single-enrollment identification streamlines the passenger’s outbound and return journey at multiple airports
  • SelfPass was on display at Passenger Terminal EXPO

 

It is being going to be tried out at Dublin airport and allows passengers to use a single enrolment in multiple countries.

Passengers are already taking advantage of a streamlined journey at Bristol Airport with multiple biometric checkpoints, making the process easier from the time they check-in for their flight to the time they board.

When SelfPass launches in Dublin this month, passengers will be the first to take advantage of the multi-country solution.   

Global Airport Systems vice president for Collins Aerospace Christopher Forrest said: ”Dublin and Bristol airports are changing the way passengers travel and making the process easier and more efficient.

“For example, it takes less than one second to capture and process a passenger’s facial image and eliminates the need to repeatedly present travel documents.

 “We see this as another major leap forward for our biometric technology to play a key role in making the connected aviation ecosystem a reality.”

At Bristol, the new trial will biometrically enable multiple touchpoints, including:

  • Check-in

  • Self-bag drop

  • Security

  • Boarding gates

 The initial trial will be extended to include:

  • Website and mobile enrollment

  • Lounge access

 

Bristol Airport chief operating officer Graeme Gamble said: “The passenger growth at Bristol Airport is increasing and we are looking at using technology like the Collins Aerospace biometric solution set to help make our airport a high-quality experience for our customers.

“The cooperation of Collins and the Bristol Airport team is making Bristol a leader in airport innovation and customer service.”

Bristol best airport in Europe

Bristol Airport has been awarded the title of Best Airport in Europe for airports in the five to 15 million passengers per annum category.
Airports Council International (ACI) World revealed the winners of its world-renowned Airport Service Quality Awards which recognises those airports around the world that delivers the best customer experience in the opinion of their own passengers.
The Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme is the world’s leading airport passenger service and benchmarking programme measuring passengers’ satisfaction across 37 key performance indicators.

During 2018 quarterly surveys were completed, asking passengers to rate their experience through the airport these factors included security, cleanliness and ambience.
Bristol Airport chief executive officer Dave Lees said; “We are delighted to announce that ACI have recognised Bristol Airport as a winner in the 2018 ASQ European 5-15 million passenger category.

"This is the first year we have won the award and it is an outstanding achievement which highlights the dedicated and continued hard work of all the teams at Bristol Airport.
"This award follows on from last year’s achievement, judged by a panel of independent experts at ACI Europe’s annual gala dinner in Brussels, being voted the Best Airport in Europe 5-10 million passenger category.

"Highlighting Bristol’s investment in facilities to enhance the customer experience, public transport improvements and special assistance initiatives such as being an ‘autism friendly’ airport.”

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easyJet plane plus boat trip for pupils

Pupils from Fairfield School in Backwell, North Somerset had an appointment with history when they flew from Bristol Airport on an early morning flight to Belfast to see the Titanic Exhibition.

Year 5 and 6 pupils, who studied 20th century history in the autumn are enjoying this term’s topic of ice and fire, with the visit to Belfast combining both topics in a truly memorable day.

Headmistress Lesley Barton said: “A very early start saw some sleepy children arriving at Bristol Airport at 5am to take the 7am Easyjet flight to Belfast.

"Once there they had a guided tour of the Titanic Exhibition and went aboard the ss Nomadic, which was the tender for the Titanic.

“They saw the slipway where the famous ship was launched and loved the interactive galleries, special effects and full-scale reconstructions and we have had some really excited children on the return journey having seen something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

“The children's enthusiasm, curiosity, interest and exemplary behaviour drew compliments and lovely comments from all the people they came across during the day, from the Easyjet crew, who gave them a special mention over their announcement system, to the staff at the exhibition, who overran with the guided tour because they were having such a good time with the children.”

Fairfield PNEU School provides an outstanding day school and nursery for boys and girls aged from 2 to 11 years of age.

NO FLY ZONE. In December 2018, hundreds of flights were cancelled at Gatwick Airport following reports of drone sightings close to the runway. The incident caused major travel disruption, affecting approximately 140,000 passengers and more than 1,000 flights. It was the biggest disruption since ash from an Icelandic volcano shut the airport in 2010. The RAF withdrew on January 3 2019 after Gatwick spent £5 million on a system to prevent any potential terrorist attacks. During the crisis, it had been reported that the army had been deployed and would be using the Drone Dome – an Israeli-developed counter UAS system – at Gatwick. The Ministry of Defence later confirmed that the RAF Regiment had been deployed and were using an alternative system as the Israeli one had not yet been delivered. Thanks to Bristol Airport plane spotters for photo.

Bristol Airport jobs fairs

Bristol Airport is hosting two new jobs fairs to showcase the range of job opportunities on offer in its industry.

The airport will be teaming up with business partners based across its site at the two events – one in February and one in March, giving prospective candidates the chance to find out more about the different roles available and the skills and experience required.

Approximately 4,000 people are employed at the airport, which handled more than 8.7 million passengers in 2018. 

But, with approval to develop facilities to handle up to 10 million passengers per annum in the future, the workforce is forecast to grow.

The jobs fairs will provide a ‘one stop shop’ for anyone interested in working at the airport, with many of the different employers on site represented, including security provider, ICTS, food travel experts - SSP and The Restaurant Group (TRG), ground-handling specialists, DHL and Swissport and duty-free shopping operator, World Duty Free.

Jobs on offer range across customer service, security, catering and retail, many of which are shift work roles on a permanent and fixed term seasonal basis and will be held 10am-1pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 26, at Weston College, Knightstone Campus; and

  • Thursday, March 7, at South Bristol Skills Academy, Hengrove Park.

​To find out more about these events and,register interest click HERE.

Flying Bristol

More than 8.6 million passengers used Bristol Airport in 2018.

The record annual passenger number represents a 6.2 per cent increase year on year, equating to more than 400,000 additional passengers, and a ninth consecutive year of growth for England’s third largest regional airport.

Both charter and scheduled airline sectors contributed to the rise with the number of direct routes served reaching 125.  

Airlines including easyJet, and Thomas Cook launched new routes in 2018, with destinations including Sofia, Bulgaria, Ostersund, Cyprus and Larnaca and airlines added additional capacity on existing routes.

TUI’s long haul destinations remained a popular choice through the year adding to the growth.

Traffic over hub airports such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Paris and Frankfurt remained strong, with many passengers making onward connections to long-haul flights. 

Continued growth is forecast in 2019, with passenger numbers expected to exceed the nine million mark for the first time in the airport’s history. 

In December 2018 Bristol Airport submitted a planning application to North Somerset Council seeking permission to increase capacity to handle up to 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s.

The proposed development includes new infrastructure, improvements to existing terminal and road facilities, and operational changes to ensure the airport can continue to meet demand for air travel to and from the South West of the UK well into the next decade. 

Annual traffic through the terminal is currently limited to 10 million passengers under the current planning permission.

The proposals represent the first practical step towards an exciting vision to develop the region’s international gateway to serve up to 20 million passengers a year by the mid-2040s.

Bristol Airport business development director Nigel Scott said: "These figures demonstrate that demand for air travel to and from the South West and South Wales continues to grow, with more passengers than ever selecting to use their local airport. 

"We recently asked passengers for feedback on why they selected to fly from Bristol Airport, friendly, clean, welcoming, convenient and efficient were reasons behind passengers choice. 

"We expect this trend to continue throughout 2019, and the improvements we are making to the whole Airport will further enhance the experience for our passengers now and in the future.”

Free drop-off at Bristol Airport

In response to calls for action from neighbouring communities, Bristol Airport will open an on-site waiting area for taxis, alongside a free-of-charge drop off facility for private vehicles. 

The move follows concerns raised by local residents about the volume of cars waiting in local roads, lanes and laybys in order to avoid paying parking charges.

This issue featured prominently in feedback in recent consultations on the future development of the airport. 

Residents of villages around the airport site reported increased problems with inconsiderate parking by taxis and other vehicles causing disturbance and even obstructing access to properties.

A commitment to open an authorised waiting area for taxis, combined with a free-of-charge drop off facility for all vehicles - as an alternative to the existing Express Drop Off - is included in the airport’s proposals for the Section 106 Agreement which would accompany permission for growth beyond the current cap of 10 million passengers a year.   

North Somerset Council is currently consulting a planning application for facilities required to handle 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s.

Bristol Airport planning and sustainability director Simon Earles said: “We have listened to feedback from our neighbours and this commitment to introduce an on-site waiting area for taxis and a free drop-off facility for private vehicles shows we are taking the issues they have raised seriously.   

“By accommodating waiting taxis on site and providing a free alternative for private vehicles dropping off passengers, we aim to reduce the impact of growth on local villages. 

"Work is now underway to find the right location for the proposed facility and set appropriate time limits in consultation with private hire operators.”

North Somerset Council’s consultation on the planning application to increase capacity of the airport to 12 million passengers a year closes on Saturday, January 26.

Airport help for visually impaired people

An innovative design is proving a helping hand for visually impaired people at Bristol Airport.

Special assistance business partner OCS enabled the airport to introduced The Ramble Tag to improve the guided walking experience for people who need help.

It is called The Ramble Tag.

This guidance aid is a lightweight harness worn by a guide on their upper arm, offering a comfortable handle as an alternative to linking arms. 

The product is comfortable, weather proof and uses latest design technology.

What is it and how did it come about?

The Ramble Tag was created by Laura Maclean, and Tom Forsyth who himself is visually impaired.

Both have fairly large dogs, with Laura as the guide they often walked together. 

Several times during their walks they lost continuity and personal contact.  On one of these occasions Laura commented that Tom needed something to hold on to, and Tom replied 'a wee handle!'. 

They both immediately realised how easy it would be to retain contact this way.

This discussion sparked the concept and idea.  

From the early days they developed prototypes, designs and illustrations refining and developing the product at every stage until The Ramble Tag was created.

Laura said: "Tom and myself are over the moon to have our invention - the Ramble Tag, which was welcomed with open arms by Bristol Airport. 

"It is so exciting to see passengers use it for the first time in a busy airport environment. 

"The Ramble Tag addresses several issues, which we hope will become very apparent when tried.“We believe they will make a positive difference and it's great to feel that others see the potential with us. 

"We are very grateful for the support we've been shown, and here's hoping

that it makes travelling easier and more consistent for visually impaired users."

Phil Holder, of Bristol Airport said: “We are delighted to introduce The Ramble Tag for passengers using Bristol Airport. 

"We appreciate airports are busy and confusing places for visually impaired travellers. 

"After a successful trial with OCS our special assistance provider we could see the benefit immediately for visually impaired passengers. 

"The Ramble Tag is available for passengers who have requested visual impairment assistance on arrival at the Airport – offering piece of mind each time they travel.”  

Expanding supply chain 

More than 100 North Somerset and city businesses attended a ‘meet the buyer’ event at Bristol Airport this week to find out more about becoming part of the airport’s supply chain.

With passenger numbers forecast to top nine million for the first time ever this year, a range of construction projects are underway to ensure facilities for passengers and business partners keep pace.   

Projects are likely to include major building refurbishments, demolition of existing buildings, new aircraft stands, multi-storey car parks and more.

More than £160 million has been invested in infrastructure since 2010, and this looks set to continue should a planning application to increase capacity to 12 million passengers a year be approved. 

This growth could see the airport generating £2.4 billion for the regional economy and presents opportunities for a wide range of suppliers across South West England and South Wales.

The ‘meet the buyer’ event, organised in partnership with Business West, is part of the airport’s drive to build resilience in its supply chain and further develop already strong local connections.   

Delegates heard from main contractors about the experience of working at a busy international airport, and the Business West skills team were on hand to provide practical advice

Bristol Airport development director Andrew Goodenough,said: “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the opportunities available at Bristol Airport for business in the construction sector.   

"It is fantastic to see the range and quality of skills on our doorstep, and gives us confidence as we continue to develop and improve our facilities for passengers.”

Business West chambers of commerce and initiative chief exectuive officer James Durie said: “It’s great to be working together with Bristol Airport to actively connect our South West businesses with business opportunities from its ongoing growth and development.

"As an economic driver and also the main gateway for people coming into or travelling out from the Bristol, Bath & South West region we need our local businesses, people and their products, and services to be directly benefiting. It also showcases the brilliant brands and enterprises we have here. This is just what this event and future planned ones are about.”

North Somerset Council’s consultation on the planning application to increase capacity to 12 million passengers a year runs until Saturday, January 26.  

Bigger and better airport

Bristol Airport has submitted a planning application to North Somerset Council seeking permission to increase capacity to handle up to 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s. 
Passenger numbers are expected to pass the nine million mark for the first-time next year.

The proposed development includes new infrastructure, improvements to existing facilities, and operational changes to ensure the airport can continue to meet demand for air travel to and from the South West of the UK well into the next decade.

Annual traffic through the terminal is currently limited to 10 million passengers under the current planning permission. 
The proposals represent the first practical step towards an exciting vision to develop the region’s international gateway to serve up to 20 million passengers a year by the mid-2040s. 
Under the new plans the terminal will be further enlarged, with the additional space providing expanded passenger and baggage facilities.

A canopy extension over a pedestrianised forecourt will improve the approach to the front of the building. 
The number of on-site multi-storey car parks will increase to three, with a new loop road layout to improve traffic flow within the airport site.

An extension to the popular Silver Zone, which offers the best prices for on-site car parking, is also proposed to meet demand from passengers and help to prevent overspill into local villages. 
Improvements will be made to airside infrastructure, including a new taxiway link to allow improved access to the runway for aircraft.

The annual cap on night flights, which limits movements between 11.30pm and 6am to a total of 4,000, will not be increased - although the airport is seeking to remove seasonal restrictions which stipulate how this quota must be distributed between summer and winter. 
Local highway improvements are also proposed to ensure the additional volume of passenger journeys can be accommodated.

These focus on the A38 junctions with West Lane and Downside Road. 
Development will be accompanied by a new Section 106 Agreement which will mitigate the impacts of the application.

This is likely to include obligations around surface access, noise and other local impacts. 

Bristol Airport chief executive officer Dave Lees said: “Following consultation with the local community, airline customers, passengers and other stakeholders, these plans set out sustainable development to meet demand for air travel to and from the South West and South Wales over the next decade.

"They will help deliver more routes, destinations and jobs.

TOP MAN: New chief executive Dave Lees who previous worked at Southampton airport

“These plans are a practical step to ensuring we continue to connect our region to the world, providing a gateway for business, investment and tourists."At the same time, we have sought to minimise and mitigate any impacts on the local community and environment, building on our track record of investment in surface access improvements.” 
Approximately 4,000 people are currently employed at the airport, supporting a total of just under 24,000 jobs in the wider economy of South West England and South Wales.

More than 1,000 additional jobs will be created by development to handle 12 million passengers a year, which would also generate £1.4bn in GVA during the next decade. 
Bristol Airport is the ninth busiest airport in the UK and the fifth busiest outside London.

More than £160m has been invested in facilities and infrastructure since 2010, contributing to Bristol being named ‘best airport’ in the 5-10 million passengers category at the ACI Europe Awards in June (ACI Europe represents 500 plus airports in 45 countries across the continent). 
Further information and a computer-generated fly-through video showing what the plans will look like on completion can viewed by clicking HERE.

Spoilt for choice at airport

Four new restaurants are opening at Bristol Airport soon and another is getting a makeover.

A seven month development project began in October 2018 creating the new places to eat and refurbish existing places to eat.

The new restaurants on the block are Frankie & Benny’s, Barburrito, EAT and Warrens Bakery.

The airport has invested more than £160 million in new infrastructure and facilities since 2010.

The catering project will be phased over the winter season, with Warrens Bakery, EAT and Barburrito opening in December 2018 and Frankie and Benny’s opening in spring 2019.

  • Warrens Bakery is one of the UK’s top three craft bakeries and the world’s oldest pasty maker. Using artisan, hand crafted bread and West Country ingredients to make a wide range of deli sandwiches.

  • EAT. have been creating, making and serving their own great tasting seasonal recipes for over 20 years. The first shop opened for business in 1996 on Villiers Street in London and since then they have continually been inventing new and exciting food and drinks for customers. Their fresh food changes with the seasons and every day starts by making food from scratch with their own recipes; from homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and hot pots. 

  • Barburrito is the UK’s first and award winning burrito brand. Famous for serving fast, healthy Mexican street food and a fab range of traditional and Mexican style breakfast dishes; you choose exactly what you want and how you want it, and let the team make it while you watch! 'Award-winning, casual and cool,' says magazine Marie Claire.

  • Frankie & Benny’s offers a full menu from breakfast to lunch and dinner specialising in food inspired by New York Italian cuisine including extensive gluten free options, a full cocktail and bar range as well as great children’s meals. Bristol Airport will be the Frankie & Benny’s seventh open airport location; going from strength to strength with consistent range and menu development as well as a 2016 win in the Consumer Choice category of the annual airport FAB Awards.

  • The Burger King restaurant will also be extensively refurbished with passengers being able to use self-order kiosks.

Bristol Airport head of commercial development Kate Ridgers said: “We are delighted to welcome these high street brands to Bristol Airport. 

"Passengers will be able to enjoy an extended range of products in a variety of restaurants designed to create a relaxing ambience when visiting Bristol Airport in the future.

"After market research and passenger feedback we know passengers start their trip as soon as they arrive at the airport.

"We wanted to offer a wide selection of restaurants and bars with an extended choice of menus including children’s and special dietary requirements both in the check-in area and departure lounge.”

Bristol Airport is the ninth largest airport in the UK and the fifth largest airport outside of London. 

In 2017 more than eight million passengers used the Airport with planning approvals now in place for 10 million passengers per annum. 

Bristol Airport new faces

Bristol Airport has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of three new directors.

Jason Clark has joined as chief financial officer (CFO), bringing strong board level experience in finance positions, most recently as CFO for Condor Ferries, the main ferry operator between the UK, France and the Channel Islands.

Ahead of the retirement of long-serving operations director, Paul Davies, at the end of this year, Bristol Airport has announced the appointment of Graeme Gamble as chief operating officer. 

Graeme will join in January 2019 from NATS, the air navigation services provider, where he is currently responsible for air traffic control services at seven UK airports. 

Prior to this he spent two years with the Civil Aviation Authority as an aerodrome inspector and has also held key operational roles at London City Airport and Cardiff Airport.

Finally, Debbie Hartshorn has been promoted to the position of people director. 

Since joining Bristol Airport in May 2017, Debbie has overseen a review of its people strategy and led a renewed focus on training and development. 

Prior to joining Bristol Airport, Debbie held senior HR roles with SFC Group and Cotswold Archaeology.

Bristol Airport chief executive officer Dave Lees said: “These appointments complete a strong leadership team with the right mix of skills to steer the organisation through an exciting period of growth. 

"Jason, Graeme and Debbie bring a wealth of experience from inside and outside the aviation sector which will help us achieve our ambition to make Bristol Airport the first choice for air travel to and from the South West of the UK.”

Expected to serve more than 8.5 million passengers this year, Bristol is the ninth busiest airport in the UK, and England’s third largest regional airport.

A new Master Plan is currently being prepared and will set out potential development required to handle up to 20 million passengers per annum from the existing runway by the mid-2040s. 

The first phase of growth will be facilitated through the submission of a planning application to North Somerset Council later this year.

In June Bristol Airport was named ‘best airport in Europe’ in the five to 10 million passengers category at the annual awards dinner held by European airports association, ACI Europe. 

Last month the airport was voted best in the UK by the travel trade in the annual TTG Awards.

Thomas Cook takes off for spring 2019

Thomas Cook Airline is adding Easter 2019 flights from Bristol airport, meaning that thousands people can head to Europe for some spring sunshine. 

With 10 additional flights a week from April 3, 2019 until the end of the month, Thomas Cook Airlines has added more than 12,000 seats to destinations including Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Majorca.

Tickets are now on sale via www.thomascookairlines.com

Thomas Cook Airlines now flies to 25 sun and beach destinations from Bristol and has increased its number of seats on sale at Easter by 40% versus 2018.

Thomas Cook Airlines commercial director Henry Sunley said: “This is a bigger Easter programme from Bristol than ever before, with our season traditionally ramping up from May 1.

"It’s great to be able to reward our customers who fly with us from Bristol airport with even more choice and we look forward to adding more destinations from Bristol in the near future.”

Bristol Airport business development director Nigel Scott said: “This is exciting news.  

"The increased capacity for next year builds on the strong growth we are experiencing with Thomas Cook from Bristol Airport in 2018.

"It provides even more choice for passengers when using their local airport to travel to a variety of exciting holiday destinations.

"We look forward to working with Thomas Cook on future route opportunities.”

Thomas Cook Airlines flight-only from Bristol airport, one-way in economy during Easter 2019:

  • Turkey from £168.99

  • Gran Canaria from £203.99

  • Hurghada, Egypt from £325.99

  • Lanzarote from £203.99

To book follow online link above, call 0844 412 5970, or visit your nearest Thomas Cook store.

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