Next time you fly from Bristol Airport, pay attention
Bristol Airport is a commercial airport which serves, as the name suggests, the Bristol city in the southwest of England and its surrounding areas. It is located in Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset. Bristol airport first opened its doors in 1930 which then was the third civil airport operating in the United Kingdom. The airport was first known as Bristol (Whitchurch) Airport, the airport went then through many changes along with the name itself. Then for a long time, from 1997 to 2010, it was known as Bristol International Airport and then finally its present name was given to it in March of 2010. In July of 2015, the airport opened an 8.6 million pound extension of the terminal eastward, having a bigger departure lounge and an outdoor terrace.
Bristol airport has an easy access from public transportation and others. A private car is a great option as cheap airport parking options are available. Also, taxis can be used because they are even less hazardous than private cars. Coaches offered by “National Expressway” are also a great option as they run all over the UK to Bristol bus station. Then one can easily connect onto the ‘Bristol International Flyer’ which is the only coach link between the bus station to the railway and the airport. The same can be done with the train as well.
2. Airlines and Destinations
Bristol airport has only one terminal and each year, around 4.6 million people fly around to and from more than 90 destinations. Popular destinations include Amsterdam, Dublin, and Edinburg. There are also 19 airlines operating at the Bristol airport, and the ones connecting to most destinations include EasyJet, Thomson Airways, and Ryanair.
3. Special Facilities for the disabled
Special assistance by the airport staff is offered to those with needs. Services such as the following are available for those who are disabled and in need:
• Unique Assistance, Parking available with allocated spaces for the visitors
• Special Accessible toilet facilities throughout terminal
• Lifts to upper levels
• Low-level telephones
• Wheelchair use
4. Special Facilities for Children
On the ground floor of the airport, two of the toilets have special baby care facilities. Also, on the first floor within the departure lounges, there are several more. Furthermore, a separate child care facility is provided on the mezzanine floor. For the entertainment of the children, some Game Zones are available on the first floor within the departure lounges. These include video games and rides for children.
5. Bars and Restaurants
The particular taste of each individual can be satisfied in the Bristol airport as many food outlets are available. However, only Caffé Ritazza, Subway, and Soho Coffee Co are available before security control. These stores offer snacks on the go, healthy options of snacks and coffee. After the security control, in the departure areas of the terminal, travelers will find more outlets and more bars in this area. Around 7 of them include Starbucks, Burger King, Bar Zero9 and Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar. These stores not only offer snacks and coffee, but they also offer alcoholic beverages and proper dining options.
Similarly for shopping as it was with food, more shops are available after security control. Before security control, however, WH Smith is available for books and magazines. Flying Visit is there to grab gifts or souvenirs, and Travelex is available for currency exchange. Once out in the departure areas of the terminal, Superdrug and Claire’s accessories for cosmetics, accessories, and other gift or fashion items. World Duty-Free, in this area, provides most items for shoppers at the best prices without the burden of tax. Big Brand names come under this shop thus if one visits this shop there is no need to visit the others as almost everything is available here.
Welcome at Bristol Airport and we hope to see you soon! Happy Traveling!
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