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LocationBristol 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 flights.  

Airport Structure

  Terminals – 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 here to know more.

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 shopping.

  Special service – 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 time.

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.

- 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.

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