Bristol Airport announced more extensions to its flights and facilities this week.
The first flight from Bucharest, Roumania touched down on Wednesday 9 November, and the Airport’s car parks are growing.
The Airport is spending £20 million across the Silver Zone, staff and long-stay car parks, with a new reception building for customers headlining the improvements. Preparations are underway for the first phase of a multi-storey car park, to be located opposite the terminal and set to open in May 2018. Flight crew will be able to park close to the administration building, reducing the potential for flight delays.
Peter Downes, Bristol Airport’s Head of Aviation, said:
“Today is a special day as we celebrate the inaugural flight to Bucharest from Bristol Airport. This latest launch brings the number of European capital cities we now serve to 16, further opening up the region for inbound tourism opportunities.”
“The route is already proving extremely popular with customers, with plans in place to double frequency to twice-weekly from April 2017 as part of Ryanair’s biggest ever summer schedule from Bristol Airport.”
A ‘Weston Flyer’ express bus service between the Airport and Weston-Super-Mare will launch in spring next year. The Bristol Flyer bus journey time to Bristol Temple Meads should be improved after the South Bristol Link road opens this winter.
The investment in car parks follows major extensions to the terminal building, including a £24 million upgrade to the security search, baggage reclaim and arrivals areas. Improvements to the immigration hall totalling £2.3 million are scheduled to take place this winter, and a 200 room hotel will open in early 2017.
The route network available from Bristol Airport is also growing, with direct flights to 116 destinations and frequent daily services to major hubs including Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and Frankfurt. From May 2017, Thomson Airways will operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Florida and Mexico, highlighting the scope for more direct long-haul destinations in future.