Bristol International Airport
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Bristol International Airport is the main commercial airport
serving the city of Bristol and the surrounding area in England. The airport
is located 8 miles south of Bristol City Centre. If coming from the North,
Bristol City Football ground is a well-known landmark. From the South, the
approach from East Brent is a lot faster. The airport is suitably signposted
along the major roads in this area.
Know your Airport - During the years of
the World War II, Bristol Airport was the only civil airport
still in operation in the United Kingdom. This meant that all flights usually
bound for London were concluded in Bristol. Today, the passenger numbers
have broken the 3 million mark because of the world-class facilities available
and the arrival of low-cost carriers. Development by Easyjet and Ryanair
has seen the passenger numbers touch almost 4 million. Till January 2006,
scheduled domestic flights occupied the second spot after the international
– Bristol Airport's £27 million terminal was officially
opened in March 2000 by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal. It
is designed to serve 3.5 million passengers.
Transit systems – There is only 1 terminal. There is
no dedicated transit system in the airport.
Inside the terminals – The terminal facilities are
over spread over the two floors. The arrivals and check-ins are done
on the ground floor and departures (& shops and restaurants) are
on the first floor. There is also a mezzanine floor, which has is
almost non-existent anywhere else in the world. It is home to business
lounges and restaurants. The terminals serve passengers coming from
over 40 destinations. The check-in desks are located along the ground
floor. The check-in times for both International flights and European
flights is 2 hours prior to departure. For domestic flights, the time
is just an hour before departure. Boarding generally begins around
45 minutes before departure.
Safety - Enhanced security measures are enforced
so certain items are a strictly banned from the airports. It is advised
that one should always check the exact hand luggage allowance with
particular airline before packing. Some items like scissors, blades,
knives, needles and even pool cues/darts are not allowed while traveling.
Syringes that are required for diabetics and other medical reasons
are only allowed in hand luggage if they can be proven as a medical
necessity. The security troops have strict policies for cylinders,
magnets, fire-lighters, poisons and radioactive materials. These measures
ensure that nothing gets past the airport without our permission.
Business facilities – There are two business lounges
in this airport. The terminal also offers a business express channel.
There are schemes on offer which offer many benefits. Facilities available
include fax, internet, e-mail, telephones, T.V, credit card phone,
complimentary drinks and newspapers. Even children from the age 12
can be allowed in. There are facilities for professional conference
and meeting. Some places offer fantastic views across the airfield.
There is a Media Centre which is perfect for large meetings, presentations
or conferences. Normal business services like Fax, Photocopying and
Catering are also provided. Click
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Family interests – For young children, there are baby
care facilities in the two toilets on the ground floor. There is a
detached baby care facility on the mezzanine floor. Some of them can
also be found on the first floor within the departures lounge. It
is hard to keep children at one place, not if you give them plenty
of entertainment options. There are several arcade areas with video
games and children rides. In the ground floor there are many food
and drink outlets. Special children menus are prepared keeping in
mind their sensitivity to many dishes. A selection of shops including
gifts and accessories, books and magazines, clothes are available
in the airport. All these outlets offer Duty & Tax free travel
– Facilities for disabled passengers include reserved parking
close to the terminal building for disabled badge holders. There are
lifts to all floors. The toilets for disabled are situated on all
floors of the building. Wheelchairs available are also available on
request. Ramps can be requested prior to requirement. Please make
sure that you inform your airline of your particular needs in good
Parking options – Car parking in and around
Bristol Airport throws up many good options to choose from.
There is a Short Stay parking, Special Assistance Parking (for disabled
travelers) and Long Stay parking. The latter is ideal for longer stays.
Extra information - for travelers with pets, Bristol
International Airport allows you to travel to a number of
Domestic, European and Worldwide destinations. Cargo handling or import
arrangement service is available at the airport.
Leaving from Bristol International Airport –
if you are planning to leave Bristol Airport by Train, there are two
trains which run between London Paddington, and Bristol Temple Meads.
The Bristol International Flyer is the single express coach link between
Bristol railway station (Temple Meads) Bristol bus station and Bristol
International Airport. National Express coaches run all over
the UK to Bristol Bus Station. There are several car hire firms located
at the link from the public space throughout from the departures.
Essentials - There are many international currency
exchange providers located throughout the airport and the ground floor.
Cash dispensers are situated just opposite to the exit in the arrivals area.
Several payphones available throughout this area. A post box is located
by the payphones in the arrivals area. Throughout the arrivals area, there
are especially two facilities for disabled and baby changing. The same facilities
if not by same number are available the first floor.
Airlines operating from Bristol International Airport
||There are many important
and low-cost carriers present in Bristol International airport.
Some of the prominent airlines operating in this airport are Aer Arann,
Aer Lingus, Air Malta, Air Southwest, Aurigny Air Services, British
Airways, BA Connect, Eastern Airways, EasyJet, Flybe, KLM, Ryanair,
SN Brussels Airlines etc.