Bristol Airport

First established in 1930 upon the initiative of local businesses, Bristol Airport slowly became a regional airport to other major cities in England. Its stint as a commercial airport ended, however, when World War II started in Europe. It became a hub for the local Royal Air Force division until 1946. Civil operations only came back in Bristol Luisgate Airport as it was called then in 1957 after a series of renovations on the facilities. Further development occurred through the years, which paved the way for eventual expansion. This has made Bristol International Airport become a major British gateway for various foreign airlines.

In 2000, the airport served 2 million passengers for the first time. This is only a fraction of the number it currently brings to the region, as more than 6 million travellers came to Bristol in 2013. A rebranding in 2010 has made the organisation revert to being 'Bristol Airport' again, even though some of the flights here go to destinations outside the country.

Bristol Airport's popularity as an international port of entry in England has pushed for plans to expand the facilities. This was stalled in 2007, however, due to reports of severe carbon dioxide pollution. A new application was submitted in 2009, which was then approved by the North Somerset Council and the national government.  The construction would occur in stages to prevent obstruction and unmanageable inconvenience.


This airport in Bristol currently has one terminal only, which serves departing and arriving passengers from various commercial flights. Airlines serving this port of entry include the following: Aer Lingus Regional, Air Malta, Aurigny Air Services, Austrian Airlines, BH Air, Blue Islands, BMI Regional, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Flybe, Helvetic Airways,, KLM, Mistral Air, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Thomson Airways.

Bristol Flying Centre, a general aviation firm, can also be found here. It handles charter flights, business jets, and light GA aircraft for private individuals and corporate entities. This company also provides engineering services for those needing repair services. Those who want to learn how to operate and fly planes can enroll in the flight school which offers fixed-wing training with its own aircraft.

Services and Facilities

There are many amenities available for travellers coming and going at the airport. Those who need to exchange their currency can do so at the Moneycorp, while those who need to withdraw money from their accounts can go in line in front of the ATM in the departure lounge. There are also various restaurants in the terminal which allows one to choose a snack or a full meal. Beverages also come in quantity from the coffee shop and bars in the premises to satisfy customers.

Shopping is not neglected in Bristol Airport. One has the choice of various necessities and other goods from the World Duty Free outlet. Accessories and gadgets are also shown on display for those who are looking for such merchandise. A gift shop and book store can also be found in the area for those who need more reading materials and souvenirs.

Smoking travellers who would like to light up a stick or two can do so in the outdoor smoking area from the World Duty Free exit. Browsing the Internet is also possible within the airport, as free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the premises. 

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 Getting To & From the Airport

Driving hide 

From the city centre, go to Counterslip and St Thomas St E to reach Redcliff Hill/A38. Continue on to St John's Ln/B3120 and then to Bedminster Down Road. Turn to A38 to North Somerset, and from there turn at the roundabout at the 3rd exit.

Trains hide 

The nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads. Alight from there and then take the Airport Flyer Express Link to reach the airport.

Buses hide 

Bristol Temple Meads also has a bus service plying the route to the airport.

Taxi hide 

Travellers can take the taxi to commute to the airport. 

 Who flies to Bristol

 Airport Contact Details

Bristol Airport

Bristol International Airport,
Bristol BS48 3DY,

Tel:+44 (0)870 1212747
Fax:+44 (0)1275 474886


Bristol International Airport Ltd.

 Location Details

Longitude:2° 42' 32'' W
Latitude:51° 22' 54'' N

 Airport Location

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