More flight announced for Summer 2018

December 2nd, 2017

British Airways is to increase flights from Bristol Airport to some of the top European holiday hotspots in summer 2018 In May this year British Airways launched new summer-only routes from Bristol airport. From May 2018 there will be an extra weekend flight from Bristol to Malaga. Additional sum

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Bristol Airport seeks public views as it plans for the future

November 18th, 2017

Bristol Airport has begun preparing a new Master Plan which will set out potential development to respond to increasing passenger demand forecast over the next three decades and beyond. A ten week consultation begins today (16 November 2017) to seek views from the public on its priorities and ini

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Work Begins on Bristol Airport’s First Multi-Storey Car Park

November 15th, 2017

A £9.5 million car park development commenced at Bristol Airport this week (8 November).  Construction of a multi-storey car park – the first on the Airport site – is now underway and will create more than 1,000 spaces situated within a short walking distance of the terminal. Goldbeck Const

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Bristol Airport targets more long haul routes

November 7th, 2017

Following the return of direct long-haul flights to Florida and Mexico this summer and the announcement of flights to the Dominican Republic in 2018, Bristol Airport has reaffirmed its ambitions to secure further long-haul routes. The Airport, which will be consulting on initial priorities for a

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Bristol Airport passes 8 million passenger milestone

November 7th, 2017

Following a record summer in which passenger numbers reached eight million in a 12 month period for the first time in its history, Bristol Airport will be seeking views later this month on how to meet demand for air travel over the next 30 years and more. Feedback will help shape Master Plan for 205

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Changes to night flight regulations

October 28th, 2017

The Department for Transport has approved Bristol Airport’s request regarding EC and UK Airport Slot Allocation Regulations. The Department for Transport has approved Bristol Airport’s request to be designated as ‘partially coordinated’ under the EC and UK Airport Slot Allocation Regulati

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Thomson is changing to TUI

October 18th, 2017

The UK’s leading travel company has kicked off its name change campaign to highlight that Thomson is changing to TUI. A new TV ad debuted during ITV’s flagship Saturday night programme the X Factor.  The advert showed a man diving into clear crystal blue water; the message was simple, ‘Tho

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easyJet announce flights to Stockholm and Athens from October

July 15th, 2017

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has today announced that it will start two new routes from Bristol Airport to Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm and the capital city of Greece, Athens later this year. The new route to Athens will operate every Monday and Friday on an A320 aircraft from 6 Nov

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Bristol Airport CEO steps down

June 30th, 2017

Bristol Airport announces that its CEO, Robert Sinclair, will step down later this year to become the new Chief Executive Officer of London City Airport. Robert was appointed CEO of Bristol Airport in October 2008 and has overseen a 45% increase in passenger numbers, significant growth in new des

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Betty the Beech takes off from Bristol Airport

June 26th, 2017

On Tuesday 20 June 2017 an historic Beech 18 aircraft departed from the Bristol and Wessex Aeroplane Club at Bristol Airport on the first stage of a round-the-world flight. Well-known local hot air balloonist and dire

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New airline Powdair to launch at Bristol Airport

June 23rd, 2017

New airline powdair will launch in December 2017 with ticket sales now on sale through its website powdair.ski with a winter schedule that links Sion Airport with eight destinations in the UK, one of those being Bristol Airport. The skiers airline, based in Sion – the heart of Switzerland’s w

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Champions League Final flights take passenger numbers to record levels

June 5th, 2017

During the weekend of Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June Bristol Airport saw an extra 15,000 passengers en route to the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff which was one of the biggest sporting events in the world this year. In total well over 100,000 passengers travelled through Bristol Airport ov

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Important Security Update from Bristol Airport Police for the Champions League Final 2017

May 25th, 2017

At Bristol Airport Spotting we work closely with Bristol Airport Police to provide the eyes and ears when spotting around the airport. With the upcoming Champions League Final next weekend we have received an update from Police Inspector Barney Gardom:


Dear Aviation Enthusiasts, You
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British Airways first flights take off from Bristol Airport

May 19th, 2017

This Saturday 20th May 2017 marks the launch of British Airways flights from Bristol Airport again after a period of 10 years absent from the airport. The flights operate on Saturdays to Florence, Ibiza and Malaga using 3 Embraer 190 aircraft and 1 Embraer 170 aircraft with spacious cabins and two

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Bristol Airport to welcome Real Madrid fans for Champions League Final 2017

May 14th, 2017

Bristol Airport is set to welcome fans of Real Madrid between Friday 2nd June and Sunday 4th June 2017 for the Champions League Final which is being held at Cardiff. The Juventus fans will be flying into Cardiff Airport seperating them from the Real Madrid fans. At the moment we have heard the fo

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Bristol Airport celebrates 60 years of operations

May 3rd, 2017

Two very special aircraft took centre stage as Bristol Airport celebrated 60 years of flying from its current site today. Almost six decades to the day since the Duchess of Kent officially opened the Airport in May 1957, a Douglas DC-3 – a mainstay of commercial airline fleets in the Fifties –

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Thomson and First Choice increase capacity with new routes

April 21st, 2017

Thomson and First Choice are today announcing increased capacity at Bristol Airport for anyone taking a holiday in summer 2018. This includes new routes to Funchal, Madeira and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The company is also offering new 10 and 11 night breaks to Bulgaria and Dubrovnik which giv

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Aviation Sunday Special at Virtual Aerospace Gloucester

April 6th, 2017

We wanted to inform you of a great offer and day at Virtual Aerospace Gloucester on Sunday 30th April 2017, for just £99.00 you can take the controls of a Boeing 737-800 fixed base simulator. From the moment you arrive at the airport themed reception you will be instantly transported into the worl

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Ryanair launch new Winter 2017 schedule at Bristol Airport

March 24th, 2017

Ryanair today (23 Mar) launched its Bristol winter 2017 schedule, with a new route to Cologne, extra flights to Bucharest and Venice and 20 routes in total, which will deliver 1.7m customers p.a. and support 1,300 jobs at Bristol Airport. Ryanair will continue to connect Bristol with major busine

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easyJet celebrates a record 2016 with future expansion planned in 2017

March 15th, 2017

easyJet, Bristol’s largest airline and the largest UK base outside of London, flew more than four million passengers during the course of 2016 - an 11% increase on the previous year, up a third on five years ago. Two million of easyJet's passengers were travelling for business. Since easyJet’

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British Airways returns to Bristol Airport

February 9th, 2017

British Airways is to start flying from Bristol Airport again with the launch of four new summer-only routes to popular European sunspots. From May the airline will begin direct flights from Bristol to the popular Spanish destinations of Malaga, Ibiza and Palma and to the Italian city of Florence

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WOW Air continues service from Iceland to Bristol Airport

January 18th, 2017

WOW air, the ultra-low-cost transatlantic airline from Iceland, has announced that it will continue its service from Bristol to Iceland and beyond to the US and Canada in June due to the ongoing success of the route as well as the airline is set to relaunch the service with brand new aircraft arrivi

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New South Bristol link road opens

January 13th, 2017

On Monday 16 January 2017 the South Bristol Link (SBL) a 4.5km express bus route and roadway that includes new cycle and pedestrian paths opened to traffic for the first time, it links the A370 at Long Ashton with the A38 and Hengrove Park. The SBL will improve access to Bristol Airport for passe

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A year in review from Bristol Airport Spotting

December 22nd, 2016

Well, this year certainly has been one full of surprises for Bristol Airport Spotting. I would sum it up as "successful" year with lots of great news being announced, although some news was not so great too. I certainly has been one of the best years for BAS since it began! In early 2016 there wa

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New voice communications upgrade by NATS

December 14th, 2016

The UK’s leading air navigation services provider NATS has won a new contract to design and deliver a new voice communications system at Bristol Airport.

Over the next 12 months, NATS Services Ltd will replace Bristol’s Voice Communications System (VCS) in an

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Ryanair increases traffic by 5% for Summer 2017

October 28th, 2016

Ryanair has launched its biggest ever Bristol summer schedule (2017), with two new summer routes to Bucharest and Venice and extra flights to Warsaw, with 30 routes in total. Ryanair has launched its biggest ever Bristol summer schedule (2017), with 2 new summer routes to Bucharest and Venice and

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Sad news from the team

October 7th, 2016

We are very sad to report that Martyn East, one of the admin team here at Bristol Airport Spotting passed away on Monday 3rd October 2016 after battling a long illness for many months, Martyn worked behind the scenes on developing the ID Card Scheme and he was in the stages of beginning to take orde

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We are recruiting!

September 27th, 2016

We are looking for another admin to join the team here at Bristol Airport Spotting, the group has continued to grow since it began back in 2013 and has now become very busy both on social media, the website, events and the upcoming "plane watch" project. The admin role will involve keeping the we

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Aviation Fair 2016 featured in Bristol Post

September 26th, 2016

During the day of the aviation fair a photographer from Bristol Post was present, he took a selection of photos which were published in a two page spread on Tuesday 20th September 2016 in the Bristol Post newspaper, thanks to both the photographer and the newspaper for publishing this content which

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Third aviation fair at Bristol Airport another great success

September 23rd, 2016

Another record breaking aviation fair was held on Sunday 18th September 2016 at Bristol Airport in aid of Childrens Hospice South West, the event was organised by Simon Fewkes the founder of Bristol Airport Spotting who has continued to build and develop on previous a

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