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Bristol Airport reports on its 10 years of transformation

A newly published report has highlighted a decade of transformational change at Bristol Airport. The Annual Monitoring Report shows that while passenger numbers have continued to increase, the number of flights in 2018 was only marginally above the 2008 total.

During the same period, the number of destinations served has significantly increased to nearly 130 across 30 countries, connecting people from our region across the globe. This has enabled over 30% more passengers to fly today from their local Airport to visit friends and family, undertake educational trips, travel on business as well as supporting individuals to broaden their experiences including visiting new destinations as well as taking a break or holiday. The Airport now represents the key aviation gateway for visitors to the region for business, education or leisure. The passenger experience has been transformed through a significant investment in new facilities at the Airport which have culminated in Bristol becoming a European leader for its Airport.

At the same time the Airport has actively worked towards improvements in reducing its environmental footprint including halving the CO2 emissions per passenger, reduction in waste, with zero waste going into landfill and waste recycling doubling. Public transport has seen a 5% share increase in passengers use with a million passengers alone using the upgraded A1 Flyer service (between Bristol Airport and the city) each year, and 500 bus services operating to and from the Airport each day.

A phased development programme to meet passenger demand, has taken place over the last ten years and Bristol Airport in 2018 experienced nine consecutive years of growth. This demand is forecast to continue in 2019, with passenger numbers expected to exceed more than nine million for the first time in the Airport’s history. Since 2010 over £225 million has been invested in terminal passenger facilities.

In December 2018 Bristol Airport submitted a planning application to North Somerset Council seeking permission to increase capacity to handle up to 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s.

The proposed development includes new infrastructure, improvements to existing terminal and road facilities, and operational changes to ensure the airport can continue to meet demand for air travel to and from the South West of the UK well into the next decade. Annual traffic through the terminal is currently limited to 10 million passengers under the current planning permission.

The proposals represent the first practical step towards an exciting vision to develop the region’s international gateway and working towards becoming a carbon neutral airport.

easyJet launches flights to Montpellier and Rhodes from Bristol Airport

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline and Bristol’s largest airline, has launched its first flights from Bristol Airport to Montpellier in France and to the Greek island of Rhodes.

The flights took off on the 2nd June 2019 and are the first of five new easyJet routes launching at Bristol Airport this Summer. This growth will be supported by the arrival of a 17th based aircraft at Bristol Airport, meaning that easyJet will offer 10% more flights from Bristol compared to summer 2018.

easyJet expects to carry out more than 28,000 passengers across the two new routes. Both routes will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the summer season and are expected to prove popular with travellers looking for a stylish south of France city break or a Greek island getaway that offers both rich culture and lively night life.

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity land partnership with Bristol Airport

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity officially launched their Charity of the Year partnership with Bristol Airport on Tuesday 28th May. The charity, which provides the critical care and air ambulance services for Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire and surrounding areas, was voted in by Bristol Airport employees to be their nominated charity earlier this year.

The GWAAC Critical Care Team, who are on call 365 days a year, landed the air ambulance helicopter at Bristol Airport to officially launch the partnership, inviting those who have been involved in fundraising to come and have a look around the aircraft.

So far, employees of Bristol Airport have thrown themselves into supporting their local air ambulance, with over £2,000 already raised.

easyJet celebrates flying 55 million passengers from Bristol Airport

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, is celebrating carrying 55 million passengers from Bristol Airport since launching operations there in 2002.

The airline now operates 74 routes and up to 740 flights a week out of Bristol – that’s 10% more flights compared to summer 2018 – making it the airline’s largest UK base outside of London.

In what is set to be an important summer of expansion for easyJet at the airport, the airline will base a 17th aircraft at Bristol and launches flights on five new routes to Rhodes in Greece, Montpellier and Biarritz, France as well as to Brindisi and Milan, Italy.

The airline has also recently added even more flights from Bristol to popular destinations such as Lyon, Zakynthos, Belfast, Glasgow and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Adding an additional daily flight to and from the French capital provides even more opportunity for customers to enjoy a city getaway or a great value day trip for commuters from businesses across the South West.

easyJet is now the largest airline at Bristol offering almost 6 million seats per year to some of the UK’s favourite destinations.

TUI to base Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Bristol Airport for Summer 2020

TUI UK, the UK’s largest holiday company, has announced a new destination to Enfidha (Tunisia) and one additional flight to Reus (Spain), for its summer 2020 programme from Bristol Airport. A Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be based at Bristol Airport throughout the summer offering the variety of short and long haul flights to customers from the South West.

The new flights from Bristol Airport to Enfidha and Reus give holidaymakers more choice and flexibility when booking next year’s summer holiday. The first TUI flight from Bristol to Enfidha departs on 4th May 2020 and operates once a week on a Monday. For Reus, the first additional flight takes-off on 26th May 2020 departing on a Tuesday, with the other flight on a Saturday.

As an important regional base for TUI, holidaymakers now have over 17,000 additional seats to choose from to over 35 destinations when booking their summer holiday from Bristol Airport.

easyJet extends Bristol to Lyon route to operate throughout Summer 2019

The flights will commence on 1 July and will operate twice a week on Monday and Friday. They will be operated on an A320 aircraft.

The extension of the route to Lyon will provide an additional 10,044 seats on 54 flights and is expected to be popular amongst those looking to enjoy the cuisine on offer in the gastronomic capital of the world, the stunning architecture on display in its old town and its perfectly manicured parks.

The airline will also position its 17th aircraft at Bristol this summer as well as launching three brand new routes from the airport this July –  Milan and Brindisi in Italy and Biarritz in France.

easyJet now operates up to 770 flights a week from Bristol across 74 routes –  10% more flights compared to summer 2018.

In the coming weeks, easyJet will also celebrate flying 55m passengers since it launched operations from Bristol over 18 years ago and expects to fly over 5.2m passengers this year alone.

KLM upgrades weekday flights to Boeing 737 aircraft

KLM has added 10,000 additional seats between Bristol and Amsterdam this summer, commencing from Monday 24th June. The extra capacity will be provided by upgrading the aircraft operating on the weekday service to a Boeing 737 aircraft, which will provide an additional 32 seats per flight.

KLM currently operates four daily flights to Amsterdam from Bristol and the introduction of the Boeing 737 jet service will increase the overall seat capacity by 6.2% compared to the same period last summer.

The extra capacity will create new opportunities for customers to visit the stunning city of Amsterdam for a short break or take advantage of quick and convenient connections to 162 KLM destinations worldwide, via its award winning hub at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Benedicte Duval, General Manager for Air France-KLM in the UK & Ireland said

“Due to strong passenger numbers and positive commercial performance on our Bristol to Amsterdam route, we are pleased to be in a position to increase route capacity for the summer 2019 season.

“The addition of a larger Boeing 737 aircraft will provide almost 10,000 additional seats across the period, giving people in the West of England more opportunity to fly with KLM, and take advantage of our worldwide connections from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

easyJet further expands it Bristol Airport base

easyJet has announced a number of expansion developments at its Bristol Airport base. The airline will position a 17th aircraft at its South West base and has added three brand new routes to the Bristol network. easyJet will also provide even more frequent flights to some of Bristol’s most in demand destinations, providing great value summer breaks or low-fared commutes for even more passengers.

A further 186-seat Airbus A320 aircraft will now be based in Bristol and joins seven 156-seat Airbus A319 and nine 186-seat A320 aircraft currently serving the airline’s customers in the South West. The additional aircraft will provide 93,000 additional seats for customers looking to travel to and from Bristol this summer.

Three brand new routes have joined the easyJet Bristol network, bringing the total routes now available to 74, with seats on sale from today.

A route between Bristol and Milan Malpensa will operate four times a week throughout the year on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with first flights taking off on 1st July. Flights between Bristol and Brindisi in Southern Italy will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays and will launch on the 3rd July and flights between Bristol and Biarritz in the South of France will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays with flights launching on 2nd July, both operating throughout the summer season.

easyJet will also increase its Bristol – Paris Charles de Gaulle frequency, adding an additional daily flight to and from the French capital, providing even more opportunity for customers to enjoy a city getaway and a convenient schedule will allow for great value day trips for commuters from businesses across the South West.
This news follows last week’s announcement that easyJet has put seats on sale for even more frequent flights from Bristol to Belfast, Glasgow and Zakynthos. Glasgow is one of easyJet’s most popular domestic routes at Bristol and in the coming weeks easyJet will celebrate flying a milestone 5 million passengers between the two cities since the route was launched in 2001.

easyJet now operates up to 770 flights a week from Bristol across 74 routes – that’s 10% more flights compared to summer 2018.

In the coming weeks, easyJet will also celebrate flying 55m passengers since it launched operations from Bristol over 18 years ago and expects to fly over 5.2m passengers  this year alone.

  • easyJet will position a 17th aircraft at its Bristol base from summer 2019
  • Brand new routes to Milan and Brindisi in Italy and Biarritz in France will launch in July
  • easyJet will add a second daily flight between Bristol and Paris to allow day trips for business travellers from July
  • easyJet summer flights from Bristol will increase by 10% to 770 flights a week in peak summer
  • easyJet will this year fly 55 million passengers since launching operations in Bristol over 18 years ago

easyJet launches more flights and Winter flight schedule

easyJet has announced even more frequent flights from Bristol Airport to Belfast, Glasgow and Zakynthos, with seats on sale from today. The airline has added two more weekly flights to Belfast on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, meaning the airline will now operate the route up to 20 times a week throughout the summer. Flights launch from 4th July.

An additional weekly flight to Glasgow on Thursdays will mean that easyJet will now operate this route up to 23 times a week from the 6th July and throughout the summer. Glasgow continues to prove to be one of easyJet’s most popular domestic routes from Bristol and over 50 easyJet flights every week connect Bristol with Scotland.

The airline will also offer an additional flight to popular holiday destination, the Greek Island Zakynthos throughout the summer, with the first flight taking off from 8th July.

easyJet has also today put its flights for winter 2019/20 on sale this morning (11 April). Thousands of flights across Europe are now on sale until 28 March 2020. 11,610 flights will operate to and from Bristol between 27 October 2019 and 28 March 2020 providing more than 2,000,000 seats.

During this period 214,796 flights are set to take place across easyJet’s network, providing around 37 million seats for passengers to enjoy their winter breaks or low-fared commutes.

Thousands of tonnes of carbon can be saved by using Bristol Airport

Road journeys to London airports by passengers travelling to and from South West England and South Wales generated an estimated 157,000 tonnes of carbon in 2018 (up from around 140,000 tonnes the previous year) – similar to the amount generated by charging 17.7 billion smartphones or powering a 42” LCD TV for over 94,000 years.

The analysis by York Aviation for Bristol Airport builds on previous work highlighting time and cost savings available to passengers by flying from within their home region. Updated figures show that 7.8 million journeys a year are made using London airports by passengers travelling to and from South West England and South Wales, resulting in total time lost of more than 500 million minutes and incurring more than £50 in additional travel costs per passenger.

Image courtesy of Bristol Airport

Heathrow (43 per cent) attracts the most ‘leaked’ passengers from South West England and South Wales, followed by Gatwick (31 per cent), with the rest making even longer journeys to Stansted and Luton. Short-haul flights account for more passenger journeys and greater additional carbon costs than long-haul, suggesting higher frequency and more convenient flight times could be a factor in the choice of departure airport.

The potential carbon savings which could be made if these passengers used Bristol is equal to the domestic carbon emissions of nearly half the population of North Somerset , in which the airport is located.

Better serving passengers within its catchment area is a key objective in Bristol Airport’s proposals to increase capacity to 12 million passengers a year by 2026. More than nine million passengers are expected to use the airport in 2019, closing in on the current cap of 10 million passengers a year.

New fire station handed over to Bristol Airport

Mechanical and electrical engineering consultancy McCann and Partners completed the MEP design for a £5m state of the art fire station at Bristol Airport, which has now been handed over.

This is the latest in a series of developments that McCann and Partners have and will be undertaking at Bristol Airport, which has planning approvals in place to handle 10 million passengers per annum.

As well as the new fire station, which is located next to the runway and the existing fire training ground, the upcoming developments will include an immigration hall and new airline building, the first of which has recently commenced.

New charity partner announced by Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has announced that the Great Western Air Ambulance will be the airports charity partner for 2019 following a vote by Bristol Airport staff. During 2018, staff and passengers raised approximately £20,000 for the local charity Children’s Hospice South West, based in North Somerset.

Initiatives through the year included volunteer collections in the terminal, raffles, cake sales, a Christmas jumper day and with Bristol Airport team members participating in the Bristol 10k and Santa on the Run event around the Harbourside, Bristol.  Since the charity partnership began a total of £200,000 has been raised for the local charity through staff and passenger donations.

Bristol Airport Spotting also raised in excess of £2000 for Childrens Hospice South West through the various aviation fairs and spotting days previously held within the Administration building at the airport.

Bristol Airport also supports annually the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal which in 2018 raised over £4,000 for the charity with generous donations by passengers and staff in the terminal.

Bristol Airport wins best airport in Europe award

Bristol Airport is extremely proud to announce that they have been awarded the title of Best Airport in Europe for airports with 5 to 15 million passengers per annum category.

The Airports Council International (ACI) World revealed the winners of its world-renowned airport service quality awards which recognises those airports around the world that delivers the best customer experience in the opinion of passengers.

The Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme is the world’s leading airport passenger service and benchmarking programme measuring passengers’ satisfaction across 37 key performance indicators. During 2018 quarterly surveys were completed, asking passengers to rate their experience through the airport these factors included security, cleanliness and ambience.

Dave Lees the Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport commented “We are delighted to announce that ACI have recognised Bristol Airport as a winner in the 2018 ASQ European 5-15 million passenger category. This is the first year we have won the award and it is an outstanding achievement which highlights the dedicated and continued hard work of all the teams at Bristol Airport.

This award follows on from last year’s achievement, judged by a panel of independent experts at ACI Europe’s annual gala dinner in Brussels, being voted the Best Airport in Europe 5 – 10 million passenger category. Highlighting Bristol’s investment in facilities to enhance the customer experience, public transport improvements and special assistance initiatives such as being an ‘autism friendly’ airport.”

Blue Islands adds additional 5000 seats on flights to Bristol Airport this summer

Blue Islands has added 5,000 additional seats on its Bristol Airport service this Summer 2019. The airline will operate a further 76 flights between the Channel Islands and Bristol Airport.

Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands said, “With additional flights on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays throughout the summer, there’s now even more seats and a choice of convenient flight times on the Bristol service operated by Blue Islands, perfect for weekend travels.”

In addition to the 14.40 departure (15.55 Saturdays and 14.15 Sundays), the Jersey – Bristol service will see extra flights at 11.15 on Mondays and Fridays with the additional Sunday flight departing slightly earlier at 11.00.

Bristol Airport to provide £1.8 million fund for noise insulation to local residents

Nearly £2 million will be available to local residents living near Bristol Airport as part of an enhanced noise insulation scheme accompanying development plans currently being considered by North Somerset Council.

As part of proposals to increase capacity from 10 million to 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s, the amount available to households will increase by 50 per cent up to a maximum of £7,500 per property.

In addition, upgraded mechanical ventilation will be included in the scope of the scheme for the first time, enabling residents to keep windows closed in order to experience the full benefit of the high-performance acoustic double-glazing.

The current scheme, which remains open, has granted in excess of £200,000 to 70 local properties, but requires residents in the ‘outer’ qualifying noise contour to contribute 50 per cent of the costs of installation. Under the new proposals, grants will cover 100 per cent of costs up to £7,500 (in the 63dB LAeq 16hr contour) and £3,750 (in the 60dB and 57db contours). This is intended to encourage take up to ensure as many eligible properties as possible benefit from noise insulation.

James Shearman, Head of Sustainability at Bristol Airport, said:

“These proposals represent Bristol Airport’s most comprehensive noise insulation grant scheme to date and will see us supporting local residents with increased funding for a wider range of noise insulation improvements.

“This scheme goes beyond Government policy recommendations and will be amongst the most comprehensive and wide-ranging offered by a UK airport, demonstrating our commitment to reducing and mitigating the impacts of development on our neighbours.”

Local resident, Jackie Abbott, said:

“Having our windows replaced has made a real difference, making it much quieter – particularly at night.”

North Somerset Council is currently consulting on Bristol Airport’s planning application to increase capacity to 12 million passengers a year. This includes several other proposals relating to noise, retaining many of the current limits on night flying, for which the annual limit of 4,000 movements would be retained – although flexibility on the way this is allocated between summer and winter seasons is being sought. The overall Quota Count system, based on noise ratings for different aircraft types, will remain in place in order to incentivise the use of quieter, modern aircraft.

Bristol Airport is the ninth busiest airport in the UK and the fifth busiest outside London. More than £160m has been invested in facilities and infrastructure since 2010, contributing to Bristol being named ‘Best Airport’ in the 5-10 million passengers category at the ACI Europe Awards in June (ACI Europe represents over 500 airports in 45 countries across the continent).

UK regional airline Flybmi ceases operations and cancels all flights

It has been announced that British regional airline Flybmi has cancelled all of its flights and filed for administration, this decision was made partly due to the uncertainty over Brexit as well as rising fuel and carbon costs.

The East Midlands based airline, which employed 376 staff, operated 17 planes flying to 25 European cities. Affected passengers have been told to contact their travel agents or insurance and credit card companies for further assistance.

On the Flybmi website a spokesperson for Flybmi said:

“It is with a heavy heart that we have made this unavoidable announcement today. The airline has faced several difficulties, including recent spikes in fuel and carbon costs, the latter arising from the EU’s recent decision to exclude UK airlines from full participation in the Emissions Trading Scheme. These issues have undermined efforts to move the airline into profit. Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our inability to secure valuable flying contracts in Europe and lack of confidence around bmi’s ability to continue flying between destinations in Europe. Additionally, our situation mirrors wider difficulties in the regional airline industry which have been well documented.

“Against this background, it has become impossible for the airline’s shareholders to continue their extensive programme of funding into the business, despite investment totalling over £40m in the last six years. We sincerely regret that this course of action has become the only option open to us, but the challenges, particularly those created by Brexit, have proven to be insurmountable.

“Our employees have worked extremely hard over the last few years and we would like to thank them for their dedication to the company, as well as all our loyal customers who have flown with us over the last 6 years.”

Flybmi operated flights from Bristol Airport to Aberdeen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Milan, Oslo and Stavanger to name a few.

Ryanair launches new route from Bristol to Milan

Ryanair, today announced a new Bristol route to Milan Malpensa, with a twice weekly service commencing 26 May, as part of Ryanair’s Bristol Summer 2019 schedule.

Ryanair’s Bristol Summer schedule now includes 32 routes in total with 3 new routes to Seville, Shannon, and Milan Malpensa. The new service will provide important business and leisure opportunities for passengers throughout the region and provide further inbound visitor potential to key attractions in the South West region.

Bristol Airport reports a record year of passenger numbers

ore than 8.6 million passengers used Bristol Airport in 2018.* The record annual passenger number represents a 6.2 per cent increase year on year, equating to over 400,000 additional passengers, and a ninth consecutive year of growth for England’s third largest regional airport.

Both charter and scheduled airline sectors contributed to the rise with the number of direct routes served reaching 125. Airlines including easyJet, and Thomas Cook launched new routes in 2018, with destinations including Sofia, Bulgaria, Ostersund, Cyprus and Larnaca and airlines added additional capacity on existing routes. TUI’s long haul destinations remained a popular choice through the year adding to the growth. Traffic over hub airports such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Paris and Frankfurt remained strong, with many passengers making onward connections to long-haul flights.

Continued growth is forecast in 2019, with passenger numbers expected to exceed the nine million mark for the first time in the Airport’s history.

In December 2018 Bristol Airport submitted a planning application to North Somerset Council seeking permission to increase capacity to handle up to 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s.

The proposed development includes new infrastructure, improvements to existing terminal and road facilities, and operational changes to ensure the airport can continue to meet demand for air travel to and from the South West of the UK well into the next decade. Annual traffic through the terminal is currently limited to 10 million passengers under the current planning permission.

The proposals represent the first practical step towards an exciting vision to develop the region’s international gateway to serve up to 20 million passengers a year by the mid-2040s.

Bristol Airport Police response on drones at airports

We recently asked Inspector Barney Gardom of the Bristol Airport Police for a few words regarding drones at Bristol Airport following the delays and problems experienced at London Gatwick last week, we received this reply:

I am sure that you have all been following the events at Gatwick over the last two days. I cannot discuss this incident, but flying drones near to an airport is incredibly dangerous, reckless and a crime. Those who choose to behave in this way should be in no doubt that they face serious consequences and police will use all available powers to investigate and prosecute. Bristol Airport’s aviation enthusiasts have a vital part to play in preventing the illegal use of drones through your vigilance.  Please keep doing what you are already doing in helping us to keep the airport secure.

To find out more about flying drones safely please refer to the CAA website at https://www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Model-aircraft-and-drones/Flying-drones/?flip=true and https://www.caa.co.uk/News/New-drone-laws-come-into-effect-today-as-public-demands-regulation-increase-to-ensure-safer-flying/

NATS installs new digital flight strip system at Bristol Airport

NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic services provider, has successfully introduced its new Hub and Spoke Electronic Flight Progress Strip (EFPS) system at Bristol Airport.

The new system will incorporate Bristol Airport’s tower and approach services that handle over 75,000 flights per year carrying more than 8.5 million passengers to destinations across Europe and beyond.

The roll-out follows the system’s previous successful implementations at Belfast International, Belfast City and Farnborough Airports when controllers stopped using paper strips to record aircraft information in favour of electronic flight progress data using new Hub and Spoke system architecture.

While the concept of electronic strips is not new, all NATS’ Hub and Spoke systems link to a centralised set of data servers to drive operational screens in connected airports. This removes the need for every airport air traffic control tower to host its own locally-installed servers and the provision of individual data links at a specific site.

The new electronic flight information system delivers significant benefits in infrastructure costs as well as enhancing the way in which airport towers can share data, thanks to its ability to transfer and share data from the same single database. In Bristol’s case, EFPS will also improve the airport’s stand-management system after it successfully passed integration testing.

The new system, which will also be introduced at Southampton, Cardiff and London City airports, means that controller workload is reduced; bringing safety and capacity benefits as controllers have more time to handle more flights and monitor increased levels of air traffic.

Thanks to Bristol Airport for the Air Traffic Control Tower photo.

New administration building at Bristol Airport takes shape

The work on the new administration building at Bristol Airport begun some weeks back and is already taking shape, located on the south side of the airport the new building with replace the current administration building, or old terminal as it is also known.

The office structure, which will comprise of three storeys, will house the project teams and senior management, alongside other services such as meeting and training rooms.

It is the latest project in a series of developments that are set to modernise and expand the site, and demonstrates Bristol Airport’s continued investment into sustainable, low carbon systems. The new building has been designed with energy efficiency in mind, with a carbon emission reduction of 23% over facility-building regulations.

TUI announce new winter routes from Bristol Airport

TUI UK, the UK’s largest holiday operator, has launched its winter programme and reveals growth plans for Bristol Airport with new weekly routes to Keflavik, Dalaman and Naples and additional flights to Tenerife for the 2019 season.

The winter 2019 programme will continue to offer holidaymakers in the South West of England more choice and flexibility than ever before, with an increased capacity of nearly 8,000 additional seats at Bristol Airport. Continuing to recognise that not everyone wants to holiday for 7 or 14 nights, passengers will also have the option of 10 and 11 night holidays to Malaga in Spain and Palma in Majorca at the end season of next winter. There will also be an additional day added to the flight programme for flights from Bristol Airport to Tenerife.

The move to introduce these routes is part of TUI’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations around the world, including TUI flagship properties such as the TUI Sensatori Resort Tenerife.

Facebook group passes 2000 member milestone

Bristol Airport Spotting has today passed another major milestone with the dedicated Facebook group now having more than 2000 members, this great milestone has been achieved in just over 5 years of the group being formed.

Originally setup back in 2013 as a place for spotters to share photos the Bristol Airport Spotting group has rapidly grown to provide information, news and events to spotters and supporters of Bristol Airport. During the past few years BAS has organised and run aviation events raising £1000s for the airports various charities of the year.

Thanks to our admin team the website is now a useful resource of aircraft data, flight information, airport information and locations for spotting and we have become one of the recognised groups for spotting at Bristol Airport.

We would like to thank all of our members who have joined and support us by regularly posting, thanks also to everyone that have attended events in the past and also to companies and exhibitors that have attended and supported events.

There are many plans for the future, these include further events, meet-ups and expansion/improvement of our website, stay tuned for further information and ensure you are subscribed to our newsletter to get up to date information.

British Airways remove flights for Summer 2019

British Airways flights from Bristol Airport, operated by BA Cityflyer, have removed flights from their 2019 schedule from Bristol Airport. Based on the adjustment, the oneWorld member will no longer operate their weekend-only service at Bristol Airport in the summer 2019 season.

Reservations for following routes has been closed since last week.

Bristol – Florence eff 18MAY19 1 weekly E170
Bristol – Malaga eff 18MAY19 2 weekly E190
Bristol – Palma Mallorca eff 18MAY19 1 weekly E190

Source: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280776/ba-cityflyer-removes-birmingham-bristol-schedule-in-s19/

Bristol Airport celebrates record month of passengers travelling through the airport

Nearly one million passengers passed through Bristol Airport’s terminal last month, making August 2018 the busiest month in the history of Bristol Airport.

The record total of 951,973 passengers took traffic during the summer to over 1.8 million – a 6.7 per cent increase on 2017. This growth continues to generate new jobs, with Bristol Airport taking on 100 new employees since the start of the year, with further opportunities available with business partner organisations across the 196 hectare site.

The record-breaking summer follows an eighth consecutive year of growth for England’s third largest regional airport. Holiday operators TUI and Thomas Cook have performed particularly strongly, with the charter sector up 23 per cent on last year, while easyJet has also enjoyed double digit growth at Bristol. High performing destinations include Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, with new routes to Gothenburg, Genoa, Seville and Cologne also contributing to the increase in passengers.

A new Master Plan is currently being prepared and will set out potential development required to handle up to 20 million passengers per annum from the existing runway by the mid-2040s. The first phase of this growth will be facilitated through the submission of a planning application to North Somerset Council later this year.

In June, Bristol Airport was named ‘Best Airport in Europe’ in the 5-10 million passengers category at the annual awards dinner held by European airports association, ACI Europe.

easyJet celebrates 15 years at Bristol Airport

easyJet celebrated the 15th anniversary of its base at Bristol Airport this week,  the largest base outside of London.

Celebrations took place throughout the day on the 28th August 2018 at Bristol airport, including an impressive balloon arch and cake for passengers at the easyJet check-in desk, and one lucky passenger won a fantastic prize of 2 return flights on easyJet to any of its destinations.

The crew room was filled with decorations and party food for pilots and cabin crew operating the day’s flights. Ali Gayward, easyJet UK Country Manager, and Dave Lees, Bristol Airport Chief Executive also joined the celebrations alongside cabin crew including Kate Bayley and Suzie Davies, who are proud to have been operating flights from Bristol with easyJet since the base opened 15 years ago.

easyJet is proud to be Bristol’s biggest airline, having flown over 53 million passengers since operations started there. With 15 based aircraft and over 650 crew members, easyJet provides Bristol passengers with 69 domestic and international routes, including the most popular destination Geneva.

New Bristol Airport CEO starts new role

Bristol Airport’s new Chief Executive Officer, Dave Lees started his new role on 1st August 2018. Mr Lees formerly Managing Director of Southampton Airport, which during his time at the helm achieved record passenger numbers and high customer satisfaction scores.

Before becoming Managing Director, Mr Lees served as Operations Director and Planning & Development Director at Southampton Airport. Prior to this he was Head of Service Improvement at Heathrow Airport, where he also held roles in operations and engineering. He has a BSc in Transport Management from Loughborough University.

Dave Lees, Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Airport said:

“I am proud, honoured and excited to be joining the Bristol Airport team. The Airport has a great reputation for its route development and network, passenger growth and the vital role it plays in the region. The recent ACI Best Airport in Europe award (5 – 10 million passengers) recognises Bristol’s place within the aviation industry in the UK and across Europe.

“This is an exciting opportunity, and I am looking forward to working with regional stakeholders and communities to build on the Airport’s success and ambitions for the future.”

Currently the ninth busiest airport in the UK, and the fifth largest outside London, Bristol handled over 8.1 million passengers in 2017, an 8 per cent increase on the previous year. Work has started in developing a new Master Plan setting out how the Airport could serve around 20 million passengers per annum by the mid-2040s.

Bristol Airport charity of the year flying high

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is delighted being Bristol Airport’s charity partner again for 2018. Each year Airport staff are asked to vote and support one charity and, for the fourth consecutive year, CHSW is the nominated charity of the year.

Last year alone the partnership raised over £25k and fundraising activities are continuing in 2018; the next activity arranged is on 28th July when eight Bristol Airport team members will walk 80k in just one day! A golf day is also arranged in September challenging business partners and suppliers to compete against the Bristol Airport team. Through aviation fairs and other events Bristol Airport Spotting has raised over £2000 for CHSW.

Bucket collections will continue throughout the year thanks to the charity’s fantastic volunteers. Many frequent flyers may recognise Denise and Garry Gooding who’ve been collecting at the Airport on behalf of CHSW for many years.

The couple catch 2 buses and travel 3 hours to Bristol Airport but despite the long journey, Denise looks forward to it each week. She said, “It’s lovely to chat to people who’ve travelled from all over the world, we meet people from all walks of life and even have regular givers who pass through the airport every week who will always greet us with a smile, come over for a chat and drop a couple of coins in our bucket.”

Thomas Cook Airlines adds 12000 seats from Bristol Airport for Easter 2019

Thomas Cook Airlines is adding Easter 2019 flights from Bristol airport, meaning that thousands people can head to Europe for some spring sunshine.

With 10 additional flights a week from April 3, 2019 until the end of the month, Thomas Cook Airlines has added over 12,000 seats to destinations including Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Majorca.

Thomas Cook Airlines now flies to 25 sun and beach destinations from Bristol and has increased its number of seats on sale at Easter by 40% versus 2018.

New easyJet routes for Winter 2018

easyJet has announced three brand new routes from Bristol Airport to Larnaca, Åre Östersund and Sofia which are now on sale.

These form part of the 16 new routes easyJet has put on sale across the UK this morning, including the airline’s historic 1000th route.

Flights to Larnaca will take off from Bristol Airport twice a week from 28th October, providing travellers with Cypriot winter sun. Bristol’s skiing and snowboarding passengers can enjoy Swedish snow on the weekly route to Are Ostersund, starting from 9th December. The new route to Sofia will be popular amongst passengers looking for a city break to the beautiful and historic Bulgarian city, flying twice a week from 8th December.

easyJet has flown more than 50 million passengers to and from Bristol Airport since opening the base over 15 years ago. The airline continues to grow and expand in Bristol, while offering low-fares and friendly customer service.

Bristol Airport wins Europe Best Airport Award

At ACI Europe’s annual gala dinner in Brussels yesterday evening, Bristol scooped the Best Airport Award in the 5-10 million passengers category.

ACI Europe represents over 500 airports in 45 countries, and the awards are judged by a panel of independent experts. They highlighted Bristol’s investment in facilities to enhance the customer experience, public transport improvements and special assistance initiatives.

On accepting the award, Business Development Director, Nigel Scott, said:

“It is a huge honour to be voted the best airport of our size in Europe by a panel of independent experts. This award is recognition of the hard work, passion and commitment of the team at Bristol Airport to delivering on our promise to passengers that ‘amazing journeys start here’. The judges were particularly impressed by our investment in facilities to enhance the customer experience, public transport improvements and special assistance initiatives such as becoming ‘autism friendly’.

“From the airlines which connect us with over 125 destinations around the world to our business partners who help to deliver a seamless customer experience, everyone in the Bristol Airport community can be proud of this achievement.”

Report from Bristol Airport Spotters Day 2018

Another successful event happened today at Bristol Airport, thank you to everyone that came along to the event, there were many happy faces who enjoyed a day out which makes organising an event so worthwhile.

We would also like to thank the airport police who gave an informative and interesting talk about their work and the current terrorism threat to the UK.

The event raised £106.00 for the airport charity of the year which is Childrens Hospice South West.

Below are some photos from the day, we look forward to welcoming you to another BAS event soon.

Bristol Airport Spotters Day this Sunday!

The Bristol Airport Spotters Day 2018 is this Sunday 10th June! This update is to confirm the arrangements for the event.

Location:

The spotters day is being held in the Bristol Room within the Administration Building (Old Terminal) which can be found on the left hand side when entering the airport via the main entrance, turn left at the first roundabout and you will see the admin building then on your right:

Time:

The event runs from 11.00am until 15.00pm.

Tickets:

All attendees MUST bring their printed ticket emailed to them by Eventbrite at the time of booking, this will help us to help you. Only attendees who have previously booked will be allowed entrance to the event.

Cost:

The cost of admission is £2 each which is payable on the door, all proceeds to Childrens Hospice South West.

Talk:

At 13.00pm there will be an informative talk from the Bristol Airport Police covering subjects such as the current threat picture, hostile reconnaissance and some background information about the police role at the airport and how to contact them.

Parking:

Free parking is being provided by Bristol Airport, when entering the airport, turn left into the enter marked in red on the map above and park. On entrance to the spotters day you will be given a car parking ticket to allow you to exit without charge.

Refreshments:

The Wings Cafe will be open for the duration of the event serving hot and cold drinks and light refreshments.

Observations:

The long range weather forecast looks like runway 09 will be in use, this means that aircraft will taxi past the windows of the room after landing. Good views of aircraft departing will also be possible. The windows are clean and will allow good photography.

We look forward to seeing you at the event. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know by emailing info@bristolairportspotting.co.uk. Further information can be found on our website at https://www.bristolairportspotting.co.uk/bas-events/bristol-airport-spotters-day-2018/

Bristol Airport Spotting celebrates its 5th birthday

This week Bristol Airport Spotting is celebrating its 5th birthday, started back in May 2013 by one of the current admins, Simon Fewkes, the group was originally setup to share photos, information about the airport and build an online community around Bristol Airport but rapidly grew and continued to evolve into the online presence BAS has today.

Five years on BAS has seen fantastic growth with a very busy and active Facebook group currently totaling over 1600 active members, frequently updated Flickr group with more than 9000 photos uploaded, active Twitter page with over 300 followers as well as the dedicated website seeing hundreds of hits per day.

As well as the online group we have ventured into real life events including 3 very successful aviation fairs raising nearly £2000 for the various airport charities of the year. In total the events saw more than 1700 visitors enjoy great views and interesting stands. Additional to the aviation fairs there have been regular “get togethers” for the first 787 Dreamliner flight, the Football charters and Rugby World cup flights which bring the BAS members together, the initial idea and goal for the group.

Working closely with Bristol Airport we have been able to provide information and news when available, access to the Bristol Room and old ATC tower during events and take over the display of the airport mayfly each week on the BAS website.

What does the future hold? We will continue to grow as a group in terms of member numbers, our online presence and further improve our website and features available to spotters. We are also planning some further events for next year that will be announced once more details are formalised.

We look forward to another 5 years and thank Bristol Airport for their help and co-operation with this group, the events and plans for the future. We continue to strive to be the spotting group of choice for Bristol Airport.

KLM celebrates 30 years of flights from Bristol Airport

KLM celebrated with its customers on Wednesday 16th May 2018 to mark 30 years of flights between Bristol Airport and Amsterdam Airport, connecting the South West to Amsterdam and onwards to various destinations around the world.

Customers departing Bristol Airport with KLM to Amsterdam joined in the celebrations at the departure gate with cupcakes and photos with the KLM crew.

The Bristol to Amsterdam route was first launched in 1988, initially operating under the Netherlines name between 1998-1991, with Saab 340 aircraft which had the capacity to carry up to 34 passengers. With increased demand on the route the introduction of the Fokker 70 was introduced, with Bristol seeing their final Fokker operated flight in March 2014.

The route is now operated by new and more fuel efficient Embraer 175 and 190 aircraft, carrying up to 88 and 100 passengers respectively, while using 22% less fuel in comparison to its predecessor.

There are currently 26 departures a week from Bristol Airport to Amsterdam, with our passengers top long haul connections being Beijing, Hong Kong and Johannesburg. The top European destinations are Budapest, Bremen and Copenhagen.

British Airways launches more than 20,000 seats from Bristol Airport for Summer 2018

British Airways begins one of its busiest summers next week with the launch of additional frequency and capacity on flights from Bristol Airport.

The addition of two new Embraer 190 aircraft to the growing fleet means that more than 20,000 seats will be on sale from Bristol to some of the most popular leisure destinations in Europe, an increase of 20% compared to last year British Airways flights.

There is an extra weekend flight from Bristol to Palma, as well as flights to Florence, Ibiza and Malaga. In May last year British Airways launched new summer-only routes from Bristol Airport after an absence of 10 years.

First TUI Boeing 787-9 flight operates from Bristol Airport

What proved to be a surprise to aviation enthusiasts and spotters today was the arrival of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which operated a flight to Cape Verde for TUI Airways.

The aircraft, G-TUIJ Boeing 787-9, named “Pixie Dust” departed around 12.30pm for its 5 hour flight to Espargos, in the Cape Verde islands after positioning in from Manchester earlier this morning.

This is the first time a Boeing 787-9 has flown to and from Bristol Airport, it is unclear at this stage if this will be a regular sight, but this does show that other airlines that operate the same aircraft type could fly from Bristol Airport.

Video

Thanks to Andy Moore for the above video and below photo.

bmi Regional and Air France announce new codeshare partnership

bmi Regional and Air France have announced a brand new codeshare partnership on bmi’s Bristol to Paris service. The partnership, which commences from 14th May 2018, will provide business and leisure customers from Bristol Airport with access to 25 french cities via Air France’s hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The news comes less than a month after bmi announced that it would be increasing the frequency of its Paris CDG service from Bristol Airport. The airline currently flies twice daily between Bristol and Paris but, in response to customer demand the airline will be adding a further flight three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from the 14 May 2018.

As well as opening up new destinations to the South West, the new codeshare partnership strengthens both airlines’ network presence at Bristol Airport and is also expected to benefit inbound tourism to the local area and economy.

Thomas Cook increases flights from Bristol Airport for Summer 2018

Thomas Cook Airlines will base an additional Airbus A320 aircraft at Bristol Airport from May 1, 2018 and increase its number of seats on sale from the airport to over 400,000 for the summer 18 season.

Taking the airline’s weekly flights from 28 to 39 for summer 18, the additional flights on sale include new destinations Egypt, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Costa Brava and Greece. They join favourite holiday spots like the Canaries and Balearics for both flight-only and package holidays from the airport.

From March 19, Tunisia will also join the Bristol programme. Three sold-out UK flights to Hammermet launched in February this year, increasing to 11 weekly flights across the UK this summer.

Compared to summer 17, capacity growth at Bristol airport for summer 18 to Greece is 27%, Turkey, 74% and Cyprus, 33%. The 5 hour 10 minute direct flight to Hurghada operates weekly on a Tuesday on the Airbus A321, with its first flight on May 1, 2018.

Announcing Bristol Airport Spotters Day 2018

Bristol Airport Spotting are pleased to announce that we will be holding a spotters day at Bristol Airport on Sunday 10th June, the event will be held within the Bristol Room located in the Admin Building. Previous aviation fairs have been held in this great room and we are holding this event before the building is removed over the next couple of years, for exciting airport developments.

The event will be held between 11am and 3pm and open to all members of Bristol Airport Spotting, the event will be a ticketed event on a first come first served basis limited to 100 places, the cost for entry will be £2 which will go to the airport charity of the year, which is Children’s Hospice South West. All visitors to the event must have a pre-booked ticket.

During the spotters day there will also be an informative talk from Bristol Airport Police and the opportunity to purchase some Bristol Airport Spotting branded merchandise. Free parking will also be available on the day and Wings Café will be open for light refreshments. Visitors will benefit from great views across the apron, taxiway and runway including close up views of taxiing and departing aircraft.

To book your tickets please visit our ticketing website, the entry fee of £2 will be payable on the door. We hope to see many of our members at the event which is certainly one not to be missed!

Further information and updates can be found on our website event page by visiting https://www.bristolairportspotting.co.uk/bas-events/bristol-airport-spotters-day-2018/

Bristol Airport celebrate inaugural TUI flight to Punta Cana

On Thursday 5th April 2018 Bristol Airport celebrated the inaugural TUI flight to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The flight is operating by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner which benefits from 30% bigger windows, quieter journey with 60% less noise than standard aircraft and mood lighting which helps keep passengers body clocks in tune.

Passengers on the first flight were treated to platters of tropical fruit and Dominican Republic themed cupcakes making each passenger have a memorable send off from Bristol Airport staff and TUI Cabin Crew.

The flight operates once a week between the 5th April and 25th October 2018 inclusive. More info can be found on the Bristol Airport website.

TUI UK launch new routes and additional flights for Summer 2019 from Bristol Airport

TUI first programme launch after last year’s re-brand reveals ambitious growth plans with two new routes and additional flights out of Bristol Airport for Summer 2019.

  • Two new routes to from Bristol Airport to Marrakech and Halkidiki
  • Additional flights have been added to popular destinations such as Antalya, Kefalonia and Cancun plus an extra cruise flight to Naples

Recognising that not everyone wants to holiday for 7 or 14 nights, customers can find more 10 and 11 night stays thanks to additional flights to Antalya, Kefalonia and Cancun reflecting the enduring popularity of Greece, the resurgence of Turkey and the demand for long haul flying on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Customers flying from Bristol Airport will see an increase of 10,000 seats offering holidaymakers more choice and flexibility than ever before. Additional flying has also been added to Naples (Italy) to support the new homeport for Marella Explorer 2, the new ship from Marella Cruises.

BMI Regional expand their Bristol to Paris route

bmi Regional has announced that it will be expanding the Paris CDG route from Bristol Airport with increased frequencies starting from 14th May 2018. bmi currently flies twice daily between Bristol and Paris but, in response to demand from customers, will be adding a further flight three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

As of the 14th May, the Bristol Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle route will operate as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday – 3 x daily
  • Tuesday and Friday – 2 x daily
  • Sunday – 1 x daily

The additional flights will offer improved convenience and flexibility for all passengers on the route, and particularly those travelling on business between Paris and the South West of England.

This spring also marks five years of bmi’s successful Frankfurt and Munich routes from Bristol, which, since launching in March and May 2013 respectively, have grown consistently and become two of bmi’s hallmark services. Enabling business and leisure travellers from the South West to connect three times daily to Frankfurt and twice daily to Munich, the flights also have the advantage of allowing customers from the South West to continue their journey to destinations across Europe and further afield, via both bmi’s Munich and Frankfurt hubs and also its codeshare agreement with Lufthansa and Air Dolomiti.

easyJet celebrates female pilot record for International Womens Day

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, is celebrating International Women’s Day with more female pilots flying on one day for the airline than ever before – also believed to be a European record for the most female pilots rostered by an airline in one day.

  • On International Women’s Day, more easyJet passengers will be flown by female pilots than ever before
  • Over 100 female easyJet pilots are rostered to fly out of 24 bases and will be at the controls of around 300 flights, carrying around 45,000 passengers to hundreds of destinations.
  • Six all-female crews will operate on 16 flights
  • easyJet wants to encourage more women to become pilots and has set a target for 20% of its new entrant pilots to be female by 2020.

With over 100 female pilots on today’s roster, 60% of easyJet’s female flight crew have come out in force to take part in a campaign which is using the hashtag #SheFlies to raise awareness for the airline’s Amy Johnson Flying Initiative, a campaign by the airline to encourage more women to become pilots.

Today easyJet’s female pilots will fly from 24 bases in eight countries, to hundreds of destinations across the airline’s European network.

Women will be flying almost a quarter of today’s schedule meaning around 45,000 passengers will be flown by a female pilot today and in some cases, an all-female crew. Six all-female crews – which include a female Captain, First Officer and fourfemale cabin crew – will fly between London,Bologna, Rome, Milan, Munich, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Agadir.

Last week easyJet announced a partnership with Girlguiding which includes sponsoring the new Aviation badge for Brownies. 200,000 girls aged seven to 10 will have the opportunity to complete the badge which will engage girls in aviation, build a foundation for future study and raise awareness of the opportunities to become a pilot.The partnership will also extend easyJet’s pilot careers outreach work to a community of nearly half a million girls and young women aged between five and 25.

The current proportion of female pilots affects easyJet’s gender pay gap, which the airline has published for the third year running. easyJet has done this voluntarily since 2015 and is now reporting under the new UK gender pay gap requirements.

The overall gender pay gap figure at easyJet is heavily influenced by the gender imbalance in the pilot community at easyJet and across the commercial aviation industry as whole. Like all airlines pilots make up a large proportion of easyJet’s employees, they are paid more highly than other communities and, most materially, 94% of them are male. easyJet’s pilots salaries and other pay is collectively agreed and negotiated with the trade unions, which means that the pay rates are exactly the same for men and women.

Ryanair launch new Bristol to Shannon service

A new service to Shannon has been recently announced by Ryanair which increases the number of flights from Bristol Airport to Ireland to an all time high.

The new twice weekly service to Ireland’s third busiest airport takes the total number of flights per week to more than 100, these include routes to Dublin, Cork and Knock.

Dublin remains the most popular destination served from Bristol Airport, with more than 418,000 passengers using the route in the last 12 months.  Up to seven departures a day are operated by Ryanair and Aer Lingus, providing flexible flight options for business and leisure passengers.  Aer Lingus also serves Cork daily, while Ryanair operates three flights a week to Knock, in the west of Ireland.

Air links between Bristol and Ireland date back to 1936 when Aer Lingus operated its very first international route from Dublin to the city’s airport, then located in Whitchurch.  As well as being well used by businesses with interests in the UK and Ireland, flights also support significant two-way tourism traffic.  According to the International Passenger Survey, Ireland is Bristol’s fifth biggest market for overseas visitors.  Irish visitors to the South West of the UK spent a total of £29.86 million in the first three quarters of 2017, with the number of visits to the region up more than eight per cent over the previous corresponding period.

New CEO appointed at Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport have announced that Dave Lees has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will be starting his new role on 1 August. Mr Lees is currently the Managing Director of Southampton Airport, which has achieved record passenger numbers and customer satisfaction scores during his time at the helm.

Before becoming Managing Director, Mr Lees served as Operations Director and Planning & Development Director at Southampton Airport.  Prior to this he was Head of Service Improvement at Heathrow Airport, where he also held roles in operations and engineering.   He has a BSc in Transport Management from Loughborough University.

Mr Lees’ appointment follows the departure of Robert Sinclair in October 2017, since which time Bristol Airport’s Chairman, Janis Kong, has been operating as Interim Chief Executive, a role she will continue in until August. Commenting on the appointment of Mr Lees said:

“I look forward to welcoming Dave to Bristol Airport.  He brings with him a track record of success and wide-ranging experience at major UK airports.   Dave joins at an exciting time as we look to the future as part of the process of preparing a new Master Plan.  He joins a successful team which has consistently delivered results for passengers, airline customers and shareholders.”

Commenting on his new role at Bristol Airport, Dave Lees said:

“This is an exciting opportunity, and I am looking forward to working with the team at Bristol to build on the Airport’s success and ambitions for the future.”

New bmi route to Gothenburg launched

bmi Regional has expanded its route network from Bristol Airport by launching a new flight from Bristol to Gothenburg.

The first flight of the new route departed on 22nd January 2018, passengers were welcomed with Swedish ‘fika’ along with cakes and biscuits produced by a local Swedish bakery Fika Bristol. Also onboard the inaugural flight were leading business and travel influencers.

The new flight which is part of bmi Regional’s desire to expand its flights between key destinations around Europe will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Gothenburg is bmi Regional’s first Swedish route from Bristol. Gothenburg is the location of Scandinavia’s largest port and a hub for global trade, currently enjoying massive economic growth. It is a popular city break destination thanks to its fabulous food, eclectic culture and vibrant nightlife, as well as being the gateway to the stunning coast of West Sweden.

Bristol Airport welcomes easyJet’s new Airbus A320neo

This week easyJet brought its new Airbus A320neo aircraft to Bristol Airport for the first time. The Airbus A320neo aircraft has many significant environmental and operational benefits, these include up to 15 percent savings in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, and a reduced noise footprint of 50 percent on take-off and landings.

The quieter aircraft will have a positive impact on local communities living near the airport, currently easyJet flies to 65 destinations which makes Bristol the biggest base for easyJet outside of London. easyJet will be introducing the Airbus neo aircraft to some of these flights later this year as their fleet of neo aircraft increases.

This year easyJet started to operate the new generation Airbus A320neo aircraft. There will be 100 of these aircraft in the easyJet fleet by the end of 2022. These aircraft which are equipped with CFM LEAP-1A engines and wingtip sharklets are 15% more fuel efficient than current Airbus aircraft.

From summer 2018 easyJet will also start to receive 30 A321neo aircraft, with 235 seats compared to 186 seats on the A320neo aircraft. This will also contribute to easyJet’s carbon reduction target by reducing the amount of fuel used to carry each passenger.

Photo: Thanks to https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/picture-easyjet-puts-a320neo-into-service-438297/

New airline Powdair to launch at Bristol Airport

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 winter sport region, the Valais, will offer skiers and snowboarders across the UK, Northern Germany and the Benelux Countries the chance to reach some of the world’s most famous winter sports resorts quickly and efficiently.

Flights commence from December 14, 2017 and will significantly cut transfer times to some of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts for winter sports enthusiasts including Zermatt, Verbier, Saas Fee, Crans Montana and Nendaz. A variety of transfer options from Sion Airport to onward destinations are available to book at the point of ticket purchase, including shared and private journeys to the major resorts in the region.

Initial reports were that the airline would use a Tradeair Fokker 100 on the route but since then we have heard the airline may be using a leased aircraft painted in a bespoke Powdair livery, more information to follow once we know more.

Champions League Final flights take passenger numbers to record levels

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 over the course of the weekend, making it the busiest in the airport’s history. 170,000 fans made the trip to watch Real Madrid play against Juventus on Saturday evening, or simply to join in the Champions League Festival activities based around the city of Cardiff over the weekend.

We understand UEFA followed a two airport strategy for the travel arrangements of fans, with Bristol Airport the designated port of entry for followers of Real Madrid, and Cardiff Airport the primary airport for Juventus fans. Months of planning and preparation went into ensuring those flying in for the final received a warm welcome and were able to continue their onward journey to Cardiff quickly and efficiently.

An extra 200 aircraft, including private and corporate jets, scheduled flights and special charter flights, arrived at Bristol Airport bringing supporters into the UK before the match in Cardiff.

Important Security Update from Bristol Airport Police for the Champions League Final 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 will all have seen the tragic news from Manchester and the recent development that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) raised the threat level to critical on Tuesday night. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have lost their lives or been injured.  I can confirm that we are taking extra security measures at Bristol Airport and many other places throughout the region. At the airport we are working very closely with Airport Security to ensure that all the passengers and staff can feel safe and be safe. Some of these measures are visible, but there are other measures that you will not see.

You will all know that we are expecting a significant number of Real Madrid fans to come through the airport next weekend as they make their way to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for the UEFA Champions League Final. I understand that this is the biggest sporting event in the world for 2017. We are working hard with UEFA, South Wales Police, British Transport Police, Highways England and other agencies to ensure that the game is a ‘showcase’ for what we can do in the region. Again, making the fans be safe and feel safe is  our priority.

Meanwhile please can I ask you to keep your eyes and ears open. If you see anything concerning, either at the airport or elsewhere, then call 101 or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321 or 101.

Please can I ask you to watch a Youtube video called Eyes Wide Open, a video about suspicious behaviour, not the Sabrina Carpenter song. Although it is aimed at those working in security it contains some useful information.

Best wishes

Barney Gardom
Bristol Airport Police Ports Unit

British Airways first flights take off from Bristol Airport

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 abreast seating so every passenger has an aisle or window seat.

British Airways are pleased to be restarting flights from Bristol and offering customers competitively priced flights on popular routes with our national airline. Depending on the success of the routes further routes may be added to the British Airways schedules.

The flights operate as follows:

Florence

  • Arrives: 12:25pm – E170
  • Departs: 13:10pm – E170

Ibiza

  • Arrives: 15:10pm – E190
  • Departs: 15:55pm – E190

Malaga

  • Arrives: 15:15pm – E190
  • Departs: 16:00pm – E190

Palma

  • Arrives: 15:45pm – E190
  • Departs: 16:30pm – E190

More details on all flights from Bristol Airport can be found on our Mayflys page.

Bristol Airport to welcome Real Madrid fans for Champions League Final 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 following flights will be operated by Vueling during this period, these times and flights may change nearer to the date with more added, once we have more information this page will be updated.

Update: As well as Vueling BAS have been informed that Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Iberia, Iberia Express, Privilege Style and SATA Azores may be operating flights to Bristol during this period. More info as it becomes available.

Madrid

Friday 2nd June

  • Vueling – MAD-BRS 05.00-06.05
  • Vueling – MAD-BRS 07.00-08.05
  • Vueling – MAD-BRS 11.00-12.05

Saturday 3rd June

  • Vueling – MAD-BRS 04.20-05.25
  • Vueling – MAD-BRS 10.15-11.20

Sunday 4th June

  • Vueling – BRS-MAD 07.55-11.05
  • Vueling – BRS-MAD 21.40-00.50
  • Vueling – BRS-MAD 22.55-02.05

Barcelona

Friday 2nd June.

  • Vueling – BCN-BRS 22.30-23.45

Sunday 3rd June.

  • Vueling – BRS-BCN 15.00-18.05

Information Source: http://www.forums4airports.com/threads/4230/

Updated 24 May 2017

IB2866 MAD 2130-xxxx BRS (01/06/17)
VY7760 MAD 0700-0805 BRS A320 (02/06/17)
VY7762 MAD 0745-0850 BRS A320 (02/06/17)
VY7764 MAD 1200-1305 BRS A320 (02/06/17)
IBS9686 MAD 1815-xxxx BRS A320 (02/06/17)
IBS9702 MAD 1840-xxxx BRS A320 (02/06/17)
VY7750 BCN 2230-xxxx BRS A320 (02/06/17)
IB2868 MAD 0215-xxxx BRS
IB2908 MAD 0230-xxxx BRS
IB2864 MAD 0240-xxxx BRS
IB2856 MAD 0245-xxxx BRS
IBS9998 MAD 0255-xxxx BRS A320
IBS9690 MAD 0300-xxxx BRS A320
IBS9688 MAD 0310-xxxx BRS A320
IB2858 MAD 0315-xxxx BRS
PVG1191 MAD 0400-xxxx BRS
VY7762 MAD 0420-xxxx BRS A320
UX957 MAD 0500-xxxx BRS
VY4010 MAD 0500-xxxx BRS
UX625 MAD 0500-xxxx BRS
UX821 MAD 0545-xxxx BRS
PVG8857 MAD 0635-xxxx BRS
PVG9963 MAD 0645-xxxx BRS
UX853 MAD 0645-xxxx BRS
ZI973 MAD 0710-xxxx BRS A320
ZI985 MAD 0720-xxxx BRS A320
VY7752 BCN 0725-xxxx BRS A320
VY7762 MAD 0745-0850 BRS A320
PVG9373 MAD 0800-xxxx BRS
UX941 MAD 0800-xxxx BRS
TDR263 MAD 0830-xxxx BRS
YW2830 MAD 0900-xxxx BRS
UX812 MAD 0900-xxxx BRS
YW2010 MAD 1000-xxxx BRS
VY7764 MAD 1015-xxxx BRS A320
UX929 MAD 1125-xxxx BRS
UX844 MAD 1140-xxxx BRS
UX889 MAD 1150-xxxx BRS

Information Source: http://footballcharters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/uefa-champions-league-final-3-june-2017.html

Bristol Airport celebrates 60 years of operations

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 – returned to Bristol for the first time since making its final passenger flights nine years ago.

The Dakota lined up next to its modern-day equivalent – an Airbus A319 – which easyJet has named Spirit of Bristol to mark the Airport’s anniversary.

Today Bristol Airport is flying high, with more than 8 million passengers expected to pass through the terminal during 2017 but back in 1957 the world was very different place. The airline industry as we know it today was still in its infancy and just 33,000 people used the Airport in its first year of operation – similar to a busy 24 hours today!

The origins of Bristol Airport can be traced back to the city’s early aviation pioneers, forming out of a flying club at Filton funded by public subscription before moving to a site at Whitchurch to the south of the city. Following the end of the Second World War, a ten year campaign began to secure a new site for a municipal airport, finally settling on the former RAF base at Lulsgate.

Bristol Airport is now England’s third largest regional airport, with direct flights to more than 120 destinations in 30 different countries. Having invested more than £160 million in new infrastructure and facilities since 2010, the Airport is well positioned to serve passengers across the South West of the UK, as providing a gateway to the region for international visitors.

Third aviation fair at Bristol Airport another great success

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 aviation fairs.

This years event saw a total of 873 adults and children through the doors of the administration building helping to raise a fantastic £986.32 for charity, the money was raised through donations and entry fees into the popular aviation fair which is currently in its third year. Entry fees for this years fair were £1.50 for adults and children under 16 free with all proceeds going directly to the airport charity of the year.

Visitors to the aviation fair were from all ages and backgrounds, families, enthusiasts, airport staff and anyone with an interest in aviation travelled from as far away as Kent, Cornwall and Manchester to visit the fair taking in the exhibitors at the fair as well as great views of aircraft taxiing, taking off and landing all within very close viewing of the Bristol Room that overlooks the main airport apron.

Each year the fair has been growing and following feedback from visitors to last years event to makes this years event even bigger the fair was able to make use of the upstairs room and the downstairs foyer allowing for a massive 39 tables of interest ranging from books, models, postcards, photos and exhibitions from various exhibitors all with an aviation background. This year Airliner World magazine exhibited at the fair after meeting them at an event earlier in the year, the guys had a great time and particularly enjoyed the great views of the airport.

Exhibitors included Bristol Aero Collection, Fly2Help, GS Models, Sapiart Publications, Bristol Flight Simulator Club, Bristol Air Cadets, Bristol Balloons and Bristol Wessex Aeroplane Club to name but a few.

New for this years fair and for Bristol Airport Spotting members were visits to the old control tower situated above the Bristol Room, the tower, or VCR as its better known, is still in use as a contingent but small groups of photographers and spotters were allowed into the room to get a clearer and different view of aircraft and the airport, this was very well received and tickets sold out within minutes of going live on our website.

The fair also welcomed presenters from BBC Radio Bristol who used the aviation fair as one of their destinations on the radio programme called Clueless, organiser Simon Fewkes spoke live on air to presenters, this publicity on live radio also helped increase the numbers of visitors to the fair who may not have seen it advertised previously, also at the fair was a photographer from Bristol Post who went on to feature a two page spread in the newspaper the week after the fair.

BAS would like to thank everyone who came along to the event, supported the event, helped with setting up and packing up and everyone that helped promote the event on social media or through their website, we are looking forward to another aviation fair.

Aviation Fair 2016 this Sunday!

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, photographs to exhibitions from the airport police, Bristol Aero collection from Filton, Fly2Help flying charity, aviation software companies and flight simulation exhibitors there really is so much more to see and do this year. We really do look forward to welcoming you to this years fair on Sunday.

For any last minute questions you may have we have put together the following commonly asked questions:

When is the event taking place?

The event is being held on Sunday 18th September 2016 between 10.30am and 4.00pm.

Where is the event taking place?

The event is being held in the Bristol Room and foyer within the administration building at the airport, this is the first building on the left when you enter the airport site.

Will car parking be available?

Yes free car parking will be available in front of the admin building but spaces this year are limited so we would like to encourage visitors to either car share or use the excellent public transport to the airport, the barrier will be removed for the day so there will be no restrictions on cars and duration at the event. Car parking is clearly signposted, we will give you a free parking voucher which you will need to exit the car park.

How do I find the admin building?

All visitors to the event should enter the Bristol Airport site from the main roundabout on the A38, then take the first left at the next mini roundabout and then head into the car park which will be in front of you, at this point the admin building is on your right hand side, you will see the entrance clearly marked. Us the map below to help you, follow the black arrows below to enter the car park marked in red, the admin building is marked in green.

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How much is the event?

The event is free for children and £1.50 for adults, all money raised is being donated to the airport charity of the year which this year is Children’s Hospice South West.

What can I see and do?

The Bristol Room has great views across the apron and will provide views of aircraft taking off, landing and taxiing past the window. We will have exhibitors from:

  • Bristol Airport Police
  • Bristol Aero Collection
  • Bristol Airport Spotting
  • GS Models – Model aircraft for sale
  • IPMS Avon Model Club
  • Fly2Help
  • Bristol and Wessex Aeroplane Club
  • Miniature Bristol Airport
  • South West Aviation Photographers
  • SpottingLog
  • Bristol Airport Air Cadets
  • Bristol Flight Simulation Club
  • Wingtip Aviation Postcards – Aviation based postcards
  • Sapi Art Publications – Aviation art
  • Airliner World Magazine
  • Trijet50 – Aviation books and magazines
  • Brian Down Photography
  • Made in Bristol TV
  • Weston Helicopter Museum
  • Bristol Balloons

Refreshments will be available to purchase from the new cafe, choose from tea and coffee, sandwiches, crisps and bacon rolls. No food is to be taken into the Bristol Room. Event programmes and information on aircraft activity will be available as well as colouring for the younger visitors.

How do I show my support for this event?

If you are coming along to the event please Join the Facebook event below so we have a rough idea of numbers – https://www.facebook.com/events/1570757296550824/ or if you aren’t on Facebook just turn up on the day, bring a friend, family or colleagues.

We would love to hear your feedback after the event on how things went and any suggestions or comments you feel appropriate to improve next years fair which is already pencilled in for Sunday 17th September 2017.

easyJet announce new routes from Bristol Airport

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 first time on Sunday. The airline will fly twice a week between Bristol and the Croatian city on Wednesdays and Sundays over summer, with more than 11,000 people expected to travel on the new route in its first summer alone.

easyJet now flies to 59 destinations from Bristol Airport meaning our passengers have a great choice of some of Europe’s best city, ski, summer and winter destinations to choose from, including Amsterdam, Innsbruck, Porto and Reykjavik in Iceland.

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Announcing Bristol Airport Aviation Fair 2016

Bristol Airport Spotting are once again pleased to announce that they are holding another Aviation Fair in partnership with Bristol Airport on Sunday 18th September 2016 between 10.30am and 4.00pm supporting the Airport’s charity of the year which is Children’s Hospice South West.

Following the success of previous years aviation fairs the organisers are making this year’s fair bigger and better with more exhibitors providing more things to see and do. This year the airport are also opening the old control tower up to visitors and this will be accessible on guided tours, a chance to see a part of the airport not very often opened to the public. Unfortunately due to numbers the tower tours are only available to members of Bristol Airport Spotting and not the general public.

The Aviation Fair will take place in the Bristol Room which overlooks the main aircraft operational areas and runway giving panoramic views of aircraft departing and arriving, the Bristol Room is located in the Administration Building which used to be passenger terminal which closed in March 2000, the Bristol Room is rarely opened to the general public and we are very privileged to be able to use and allow visitors to see this great space. Ample seating will be provided to sit and watch the aircraft or to take photographs.

This year we are expecting a larger number of exhibitors to the fair, exhibitors to the fair include: Bristol Airport Spotting, Bristol and Wessex Aeroplane Club, Bristol Aero Collection, Fly2Help, IPMS Avon Model Club, South West Photographers and many other selling postcards, photos, aircraft models, books and anything related to aviation.

Free car parking will be available on the day but we would like to encourage visitors to car share where possible or use public transport as parking spaces at the airport are limited, information on travel can be found on our website. Hot and cold refreshments and snacks will also be available in Wings cafe, the newly refurbished cafeteria which is located downstairs within the same building.

Entry to the fair will be £1.50 for adults and children under 16 obtain free entrance, all proceeds from admission fees goes directly to the Airport’s charity of the year. The aviation fair is a perfect day out for families, individuals, enthusiasts or anyone who wishes to see the airport and the fair as well as browsing the exhibitors on display. Also available once the fair has finished will be a barbecue and events for children and adults over at the Bristol and Wessex Aeroplane Club.

We look forward to seeing you there for another great aviation fair.

Please visit the Aviation Fair Facebook page and let us know you are coming along – https://www.facebook.com/events/1570757296550824/

BMI Regional launch new flights to Jersey

BMI regional is expanding its Bristol flight network to add a new seasonal route to the island of Jersey beginning on 16th July and finishing on 3rd September. Flights depart at 12.30pm and arrive at 13:15pm returning from Jersey at 13:45pm and arriving back at Bristol at 14:30pm.

Commenting on the new route Jochen Schnadt said: “Bristol is a major UK hub for us with our existing routes performing well both with business and leisure customers. With our stated ambition to offer relevant products for our customers trying to evolve our product offering in line with our many loyal customers’ demands, we are delighted to be offering these seasonal service on this highly sought-after route. As customary with bmi regional, our customers will experience the usual quality, professionalism and high level of service that travellers on our existing routes have enjoyed for years.”

The launch follows on from a busy year for the airline in Bristol. bmi regional has enforced links with the airport and local businesses including a three year partnership with Bath Rugby. On 7 May, bmi regional will be throwing 50 balls into the air at a Bath Rugby match, with eight containing winning tickets to travel with the airline.

bmi regional also recently increased its rotations and improved flight times on its existing routes out of Bristol. The airline currently operates seven routes from Bristol to Aberdeen, Paris, Milan, Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburg. Codeshares with Lufthansa and the airline’s own existing inter-European routes also means that passengers from the south-west can use Bristol as a gateway to hundreds of worldwide destinations.

First ever 787 lands at Bristol Airport

On Tuesday 19th April 2016 Bristol Airport welcomed the arrival of the first ever Boeing 787-8 aircraft from Thomson, the aircraft was visiting the airport on trials and to launch new services from the airport in Summer 2017 to Mexico and Orlando.

At 11:10am Boeing 787-8 G-TUIB named ‘Alfie’ landed at Bristol Airport and was welcomed by a large amount of spotters on Winters Lane, the last time the lane was that busy was for the rugby world cup charter flights, one of the videos below show Winters Lane and how busy it got on the day. The team from Bristol Airport Spotting were invited by Bristol Airport to be airside for the arrival of the aircraft which was both an honour and a privilege. We were able to take very close up photos of the aircraft landing, taxiing and arriving on stand.

As part of the day we were also invited onboard to see the cabin and flight deck as well as talk to the Captains onboard who regularly fly the 787 Dreamliner. Being able to see the flight deck on this fairly new aircraft was a nice moment for myself being a student pilot and comparing the differences of other aircraft in the fleet.

The Boeing 787 aircraft will start services from Bristol Airport in May 2017 to Cancun and Sanford on Saturdays and Sundays, the 787 aircraft will not be based at Bristol Airport but we are hoping over the years more destinations are added and eventually an aircraft will be based here.

Both myself (Simon) and Callum would like to thank the airport for their generoisty and for inviting us airside on this historical day for the airport and Thomson.

Please see the gallery of photos below, below the photos are some videos taken and permission given to use in this article on our website.

Boeing 787 arrives at Bristol Airport:-

 

Wow Air inaugural flight to Bristol Airport

On Friday 13th May 2016 at approximately 10am the first flight by Wow Air will arrive at Bristol Airport from Keflavik, this marks the start of a new service between Bristol Airport and Iceland with further flights onto various destinations across America, aircraft operating the route will either be Airbus A320 or Airbus A321 and will provide spotters and enthusiasts some new interest at the airport, the exact aircraft will be known nearer the time, we have created an event on Facebook to get the community together for this event to both mark the occasion and get members of BAS together, if you are coming along please show your support on our event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/260245374309149/

New rare aircraft system launched

We have recently launched a new rare aircraft database on our website, along with our regular updates on social media we are gradually building up a database of rare aircraft that have visited or will be visiting Bristol Airport and entering them into the website, any flight not usually seen on the flight schedules we class as a rare aircraft, currently there are 22 entries in the database but that will grow each week as more aircraft visit the airport. Future developments will be added to the system to include past rare aircraft, rare aircraft photo gallery and an email alert system to registered members. we will be asking friends and followers of BAS to get involved and help us where they can to populate this system further.

To view the database please head over to – https://www.bristolairportspotting.co.uk/information/rare-aircraft/, follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get announcements and alerts to visiting aircraft.

Wizz Air touches down at Bristol Airport

On Friday 26th June at 8.20am the first Wizzair flight to Bristol Airport touched down, the flight operated by an Airbus A320 HA-LYK included a full passenger load, shortly after at 8.50am the flight took off again heading back to Katowice in Poland, this starts a new twice weekly service to the airport and is a welcome addition to the airlines already based at the airport. Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Katowice service makes Bristol the 106th airport in its route network. Flights will operate every Monday and Friday.

Below are some photos and videos kindly produced by the airport and from Simon Fewkes of Bristol Airport Spotting.