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New M&S Simply Food outlet at Bristol Airport

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Page last updated: 24th Mar 2017 - 12:18 PM

Attention all Bristol food lovers! M&S is in the process of opening a new store within Bristol Airport. The outlet, which will provide high quality food and beverages, is expected to have longer opening hours compared to its equivalent high street stores. Even better still, both departures and arrivals will have access to it, too.

Simon Preece, commercial director at Bristol Airport said: “We are delighted to welcome the M&S Simply Food brand to Bristol Airport for the first time. This is an iconic brand that will significantly enhance the retail offer available to passengers, continuing to further extend the choice of retails shops on site. The location of the new store, situated within the new £24m west terminal extension, is suitable for all passengers whether arriving or departing and will offer extended opening hours not available on the high street.”

The new M&S Simply Food stores boast the very best and highest quality when it comes to providing for their customers. New ranges such as “food on the move” and “food for tonight” look to bring a sense of ease to M&S customers when they purchase food and beverages, while still providing that consistent high quality. The store will be open from the first available flight up until the last of the day.

Simon Smith, CEO, SSP UK & Ireland said :“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Bristol Airport with the opening of the new M&S Simply Food retail outlet in arrivals. We have been trading at the airport for over 10 years and this new partnership extends our long term relationship as the airport’s leading food and beverage supplier.”

The location of the new M&S store is situated within the new £24m extension to the West Terminal and has been open since March 8th 2017.

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Bristol Airport launches new hidden disabilities assistance card

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Page last updated: 22nd Mar 2017 - 12:57 PM

Bristol Airport have exciting news; April will see the full launch of their new hidden disabilities assistance care,a programme put in place in an attempt to increase ease of travel for passengers with specific extra needs at the airport.

With planned implementation around the end of March 2017, qualifying passengers will be issued with a pass which is expected to be a similar size to a credit card. This will allow passengers to discreetly indicate to airport staff that they may need extra assistance throughout the facilities. The card will be able to identify a range of specific needs and medical conditions, such as alerting staff to extra time needed to board, extra assistance for reading of departure boards, and whether or not the use of sign language is required. A great example of when the card would be used is when the boarding pass is handed in for inspection.

The new plans are in partnership with OCS Group, a special assistance provider who work within many UK Airports, who have in turn collaborated with Thumbs Up World Limited to create a pocket sized booklet containing useful medical information. The content includes what to expect at the airport, along with photographs of vital medical points within the terminal, as well as important places of interest such as check-in and security.
Phil Holder, the Operations Manager at Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to work with OCS and listen to feedback from families and various charities in the development of the hidden disabilities special assistance card. For families it will remove and reduce some of the stress knowing that staff are aware and understand the challenges they may face.

‘The booklet will also be a great help to families and provides information in advance of their visit and allows the family to complete the booklet together not only before they visit, but during their time at the Airport also.’

Customer facing staff at Bristol Airport have been trained in a full awareness programme ahead of the new initiative beginning in March. The hidden disabilities assistance card, lanyard or booklet are available by request at the OCS special assistance desk within the main terminal prior to check-in.

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£2.3m redevelopment at Bristol Airport

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Page last updated: 24th Jan 2017 - 03:02 PM

New work has begun at Bristol Airport as part of its £2.3 million redevelopment project. Highlights of the new work include major improvements made to the immigration hall and a new hotel.

The 201-room accommodation, owned by Hilton Bristol Airport, is the first of its kind on the site which will be situated just a few minutes walk from the terminal building itself. Noticeable facilities such as free wifi, hot breakfast for all guests, business and fitness centres and meeting spaces for up to 20 people mean that the new hotel will be accommodating for everyone! If you would like to reserve a room here, there hotel are taking reservations as of March 1st.

Alison Roberts, head of customer operations, Bristol Airport, said: “These new facilities will be in place for passengers from April onwards, in time for the busy summer holiday season and will make a big difference to the airport experience.

“In the meantime, we will be working closely with Border Force to keep any inconvenience to passengers during the improvement works to a minimum.”
As well as the plans for a new hotel, the redevelopment to the immigration hall will see an increase in passport control gates from 10 to 17, as well as 10 state of the art ePassport gates. Once these changes have been made, further investment will be made to implement a new reception centre as well as improved changes to the heavily used Silver Zone car park, which is often the first facility experienced for many people travelling through Bristol Airport.

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, said:

“Completion of the west terminal extension will enable us to turn our attention to the immigration area, where passengers can sometimes wait longer than we would like at the busiest times. By enlarging and reconfiguring this area and introducing the latest Border Force technology we aim to make arriving at Bristol Airport as fast and efficient as possible.”

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Get some winter sun with new flights from easyJet!

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Page last updated: 6th Oct 2016 - 02:44 PM

Take the chance to catch the sun this winter with the new flights launched by easyJet from Bristol Airport! The budget airline has started running a flight route to the sun soaked shores of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria which has been known to reach 25 degrees in mid-December, while Britain are reaching for their coats! .

Known for its white sandy beaches and black lava, Gran Canaria, one of the Spanish Canary Islands, will have easyJet flights running twice a week from Bristol throughout autumn and winter from £26.99 per person each way.

UK Commercial Manager for easyJet, Ali Gayward, said: "We're really pleased to launch yet another great route from Bristol Airport which is already proving extremely popular with our passengers.

"Gran Canaria has a something for everyone – from enduring beaches to the sand dunes in Maspalomas, the shopping in Las Palmas to the night time entertainment in Playa del Ingles.

"We're absolutely committed to making travel easy and affordable for our passengers in the South-West and Wales - we now fly to 60 destinations from Bristol Airport and it's one of the biggest bases in our network."

Since the beginning of operations 14 years ago, Bristol Airport marked a milestone at the beginning of the year of carrying over 40 million passengers.
Passengers travelling from Bristol Airport can also grab some winter sun through destinations such as Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Funchal in Madeira.

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Bristol sees biggest ever passenger numbers within the last 12 months

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Page last updated: 25th May 2016 - 10:58 AM

Back in 1957, the first commercial flight from Bristol Airport took to the sky. At this time, it was used to welcome just 33,000 passengers per year. Back to the present day and things have certainly stepped up a gear for the West-Country airport. It has recently been announced that, 49 years later, a staggering 7 million passengers travelled through Bristol Airport within the last year.

Not only have the staff achieved major success this year, but the airport has been consistently growing since 2010. All of the hard work has now paid off as they were recently named the 9th busiest airport in the UK.

This is all down to the chartered airlines who operate at Bristol Airport increasing their number of destinations to 116, 16 of which are capital cities. New routes include; Bristol to Katowice in Poland, Kosice in Slovakia and Orlando in the United States.

Robert Sinclair, who is the CEO of Bristol Airport, has told Bristol 24/7: “Increased demand for air travel is a positive sign that our region’s economy continues to thrive”. It would seem this isn’t only good news for the airport, but for the city itself. They are well and truly ready for the increase of passenger numbers, with a new £24 million west terminal expansion already in place. We are looking forward to watching this airport grow even more in the near future!

If you’ve got a Bristol Airport-related story, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

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Flights from Bristol Airport to Nantes and Venice now boarding!

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Page last updated: 30th Mar 2016 - 03:39 PM

Whilst the English weather is lovely in it’s own way, we know that by now, you are probably craving a little bit of sun! Well, easyJet can give you just that with their two brand new routes now available from Bristol Airport. The two routes - which let you escape to the French city of Nantes or the equally picturesque Venice in Italy - are expected to take 70,000 people in and out of Bristol per year.

Not only will you be able to visit these two beautiful cities, but you will be able to do it for probably cheaper than you think. Bristol to Venice could cost you just £32.24* per person whereas a twice-a-week Bristol to Nantes flight could cost as little as £22.24* per person.

Ali Gayward, who is easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: “Being one of the most romantic and magical places in the world, Venice often tops people’s list of places to visit at least once in their life. Meanwhile, Nantes attracts flocks of holidaymakers every year thanks to its numerous art galleries, museums, fine dining and beautiful architecture.” We have to admit, both sound absolutely lovely!

Of course, it was earlier this year that easyJet marked their milestone of 40 million passengers from Bristol Airport after setting up a base there 14 years ago. With these two stunning destinations added to the 56 others that easyJet already fly to from Bristol, it looks set to be another good year for both the airport and the airline.

*all prices found on Bristol Airport’s official website.

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If you were lucky enough to get your hands on tickets for the Rugby World Cup, that’s great news! We thought we’d make the trip a little less stressful by comparing easiest ways to get to the stadium on match days, including travel time and costs.

The Fixtures to be held at Kingsholm Stadium will be;

19th September - Tonga v Georgia
23rd September - Scotland v Japan
25th September - Argentina v Georgia
11th October - USA v Japan

Bristol Airport is ideally located and relatively cheap to fly to; a return flight from Scotland will cost from £120 direct. A range of public transport is also available, making Kingsholm easily accessible.

Bristol Airport Address:

Bristol Airport,
Bristol,
BS48 3DY

Distance to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium:

50 miles, 60 mins

By Train

Although not the quickest route, taking a train is the most convenient option;

Take the train from Bristol Airport to Bristol Temple Meades.
Depart the train here and jump on the connecting train to Gloucester. An off peak return ticket will cost around £28.
It is then a short, sign posted walk to the Stadium.

By Car

Your quickest option may be to hire a car from the Airport and drive to Gloucester. Prices start around £28 and gives you the option to go and explore the beautiful city and surroundings.

Sat-Nav Postcode: GL4 3RS (for park and Ride)
Leave the airport and join the M5
Leave the motorway at Junction 11A and merge onto the A417
You will see the EDF Energy Building in front of you. follow signs for the Overflow / park and Ride Car park.
For Match Days, the price for Park and Ride is £6.

By Coach

National Express Coaches run a convenient service into Gloucester, their quickest journey takes just over 2 hours and prices for a return ticket are around £25, depending on the times of travel.
You’ll then need to get a 15 minute taxi journey to the stadium.

By Taxi

An average price for a return journey comes in at £167! We would suggest the train with a short taxi journey at the other end!

Hotels

If you plan to stay for a few matches, or want to explore Bristol further, be sure to compare hotel prices to make the most of your stay.

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If you are planning on heading to Sandy Park Stadium, Exeter to catch Italy, Namibia, Tonga, Georgia or Romania battle it out for the World Cup Trophy, you may find our travel information useful!

The Fixtures to be held at Sandy park will be;

29th September - Tonga v Namibia
7th October - Namibia v Georgia
11th October - Italy v Romania

The UK is expecting a surge of international supporters throughout the World Cup, so we detailed the various ways to travel to the stadium from Bristol Airport.

Bristol Airport Address:

Bristol Airport,
Bristol,
BS48 3DY

Distance to Sandy Park Stadium:

65 miles, 1 hour 10 mins

By Car:

Driving direct is probably the easiest option if this is available to you.
You can hire a car at Bristol Airport with prices starting at just £27!

1) Sat-Nav Postcode: EX2 7NN
2) Leave the airport and follow signs for the M5 (South)
3) Continue on M5 and exit at Junction 30
4) Follow signs for the A3052 / West Point Arena (Park and Ride)
5) Shuttle Bus will take you to the Stadium Car park so will require a 2 minute walk to the stadium.

Taxi

An average price for a return journey comes in at £235. We think you’d be better off hiring your own car!!

By Coach

If you choose a National Express Coach, the journey will take around 3 ½ hours, and a return journey will cost from £18.40 depending on the times you choose to travel!

The Coach will take you to Exeter Bus and Coach Station, from which you can catch the Service 52 A, B or C (Exeter to Sidmouth) bus which takes approx. 30mins, or jump in a taxi direct in just half the time.

By Train

1) Grab a Taxi or Bus to Bristol Temple Meads Station
2) You’ll need the Cross Country service Towards Plymouth
3) Exit the Train at Exeter St Davids
4) From this station, you’ll need the First Great Western service towards Exmouth
5) Depart the train at Digby and Sowton. Your train journey cost is approx. £45 for an open return (return within one month)
6) Sandy Park is a 10 minute walk from here.

Hotels

Thinking of extending your stay, or simply getting a bit of rest in before you head home? With plenty of local hotels to choose from, comparing prices couldn't be easier when using our guide here. Pick from a wide selection of hotels, including those on the Airport itself.

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Three new routes from Bristol Airport

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Page last updated: 23rd Feb 2015 - 03:35 PM

BMI launches three new routes from Bristol: Paris, Düsseldorf and Nantes. The new flights to Paris and Düsseldorf will start from 27 April 2015, and the flights to Nantes will start on 4 July 2015.

Flights to Paris will be available 6 days a week, whilst the Düsseldorf flight will operate six times a week from Sun to Fri.

The route from Bristol to Paris will be a double-daily weekday service to the French capital’s key airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle. This new route also means business passengers will be able to complete a same day return trip to the French capital.

Residents and businesses from surrounding areas benefit from direct flights to Europe’s large cities such as Paris, with the convenience of boarding a flight locally instead of having to use London airports.

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easyJet to introduce new routes from Gatwick, Bristol and Southend

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Page last updated: 29th Oct 2013 - 01:59 PM

If you are a fan of low-cost carrier easyJet you will be pleased to know that the airline is adding numerous new routes to its schedules.

Last month they announced a new service between London Southend and Tenerife, starting on December 13th. The service will run twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, and 11,000 passengers are expected to escape the British winter and head for the sun in the Canaries.

At the beginning of the month passengers in the south-west of England were delighted to hear of two new routes operating from Bristol. As from December, flights to Marrakech and Reykjavik will be on offer and are expected to attract some 55,000 passengers.

Last week the carrier gave details of various new routes added to their schedule from summer 2014. Those living in the south-east have four new services from London Gatwick to Jersey, Paris, Brittany (Brest) and Newcastle. Gatwick is easyJet’s largest base.

From next summer flights will operate from Belfast International Airport to Bordeaux and Jersey. easyJet is the largest airline operating out of the Northern Irish airport.

Residents of Scotland have not been forgotten, with Edinburgh and Glasgow airports unveiling new routes for summer 2014. Flights from the Scottish capital to Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete and Bodrum in the Aegean region of Turkey will prove popular with sunseekers. Those living in the west of Scotland will be able to choose from two new routes from Glasgow airport to Split on the Mediterranean coast of Croatia and the Greek island of Kos.

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