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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Aviation Fair 2016 this Sunday!

September 13th, 2016

Its that time of year again, Bristol Airport Aviation Fair 2016 is this coming Sunday 18th September 2016, all final preparations have been made for the event which is going to be the biggest aviation fair at Bristol Airport to date. With over 35 tables to browse ranging from books, DVDs, models,

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Bristol Airport Spotting ID Card Scheme

August 25th, 2016

Quite some time back we started to explore the idea of setting up and running a Bristol Airport Spotting ID Card Scheme, we are now looking to progress this further to an intended launch but before we do we need to get an idea of numbers of people who would be interested in joining, there would be a

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Downside Road Closure

August 18th, 2016

We have been contacted by Bristol Airport to share information about an upcoming road closure. North Somerset Council (NSC) have advised us they will be completing essential road maintenance resurfacing work on Downside Road for 4 weeks (weekdays only) between the hours of 08.00h – 20.00h comme

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Second phase of terminal extension opens

August 2nd, 2016

Phase two of Bristol Airport’s £24m terminal extension opened to passengers on Saturday 29 July, bringing the number of new security lanes in operation to ten. The 9,000 square metre structure features state-of-the-art technology in a significantly enlarged security search area and forms part

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First phase of terminal extension opens

July 18th, 2016

The first phase of Bristol Airport’s £24m terminal extension opened to passengers this morning ahead of what is expected to be its busiest ever summer holiday season. The 9,000 square metre structure features state-of-the-art technology in a significantly enlarged security search area, the fir

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Completion nearing of first phase of terminal extension

June 29th, 2016

The opening of Bristol Airport’s biggest ever terminal extension is just three weeks away as the first phase a 12 month construction programme nears completion. The first section of the £24 million facility, including a bigger and better security search area, will open on 18 July. The Airport

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easyJet announce new routes from Bristol Airport

June 23rd, 2016

easyJet is this week celebrating new routes from Bristol Airport to Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Bristol Airport to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria with the first flight to Dubrovnik having taken off over the weekend. Flight EZY6251 to Dubrovnik carrying more than 170 passengers took to the skies for the fir

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Bristol Airport and Aer Lingus mark 80th anniversary

June 1st, 2016

Bristol Airport celebrated the 80th anniversary of Aer Lingus today (27 May) with a visit from the Irish Ambassador to Great Britain and series of very special flights. The Irish airline, which operated its very first route from Baldonnel (Dublin) to Bristol back in 1936, also marked the occasion by

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