Bristol Airport (BRS/EGGD)

Printable Version
Hide routes

Bristol provides excellent access to a wide variety of cultural highlights including the Glastonbury Festival, Stonehenge, the Roman baths in Bath and the Cheltenham Festival.

Bristol is home to many of Brunel's great pioneering transport works – the Great Western Railway, the Clifton Suspension Bridge (the longest span in the world in 1864), and the restored SS Great Britain – the pioneering iron-hulled steam ship. Today Bristol's 'Silicon Gorge' – including the revitalised Bristol Harbourside - is the second largest silicon design cluster in the world.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • The West of England city region has the highest Gross Value Added per capita of any major UK city outside London.
  • The region is home to the largest aerospace and defence cluster in the UK supporting 59,000 direct jobs.
  • Bristol’s ‘Silicon Gorge’ is the second largest silicon design cluster in the world, and is twice the size of its nearest UK competitor.
  • A recent analysis of English Local Enterprise Partnerships by fDi Magazine assessing the attractiveness of locations for investment ranked the West of England number one.
  • Bristol Airport is located eight miles from Bristol and less than 20 miles from the World Heritage City of Bath. It is also conveniently situated for visitors to the Cotswolds, Stonehenge, Devon, Cornwall and South Wales, as well as major events such as the Cheltenham Festival (horse racing) and Glastonbury Festival (music).

Marketing support includes access to Bristol Airport's SPRITE programme of PR, incentives, trade, and e-commerce tools.

Marketing and other support

  • Competitive incentives tailored to suit airline and route profile.
  • Access to Bristol Airport’s unique SPRITE support programme, encompassing a suite of sales, PR, incentives, trade and e-commerce tools.
  • In-depth knowledge of local market, including detailed database of over 5,000 business contacts and e-newsletter with over 300,000 sign-ups.

Besides employing nearly 60,000 in aerospace jobs across the region, the University of Bristol also has over 20,000 students.

Catchment Area

The Bristol and West of England city region has the highest Gross Value Added per capita of any major UK city outside London. Among other factors the region is home to the largest aerospace and defence cluster in the UK supporting 59,000 direct jobs.

Bristol Airport catchment area by county

The Bristol region has a long aerospace history spanning the Bristol Brabazon and Bristol Britannia, the production of Concorde, through to the present day assemby of the high-technology wings and other major components for all Airbus models.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • Conveniently located for the M4/M5 motorways which are home to a cluster of major transport and distribution facilities.
  • Bristol Airport is just 13 miles from Royal Portbury and Avonmouth Docks – Britain’s most centrally located deep sea port which can handle vessels up to 130,000 dwt.
  • Hinkley Point, the site of the first of a new generation of nuclear power plants, is 30 miles from Bristol Airport. The construction of the new power plant is expected to create 25,000 jobs and generate £100m per annum for the local economy.

Approved expansion of the passenger terminal to accommodate up to 10 million will see the existing terminal extended to the east and west, doubling the size of the building. Meanwhile continuous improvements include the Aspire Lounge, opened in April 2013 and operated by Servisair, aimed at business and leisure travellers.


  • 8 miles from Bristol city centre.
  • 20 miles from the World Heritage City of Bath.
  • 24 miles from Wales.
  • Flyer Express bus service operates every 10 minutes to Bristol city centre stops, including Bristol Temple Meads railway station and Marlborough Street bus station.
  • Greyhound bus service operates hourly from Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and north Bristol.
  • AirDecker bus service operates hourly from Bath.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Runways (number and length): 1 x 2,011m / 6,598 feet.
  • Slot Coordinated: SMA Level 2
  • Operating hours: H24
  • Terminals (Number, type and last major refurbishment): Passenger terminal plus separate general aviation facility with business lounge.
  • Min. connect time: N/A
  • Other relevant Infrastructure & Operations details: ILS CAT3B capability; controlled airspace with SID/STARS; no air holding delays and free of London LTMA congestion.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • Planning permission is in place to develop and enhance facilities to enable Bristol Airport to handle 10 million passengers per annum by 2020. Development commenced in November 2011 and the first of more than 30 separate projects – the construction of three new aircraft stands – was completed in spring 2012. Other major components include an extension to the terminal building to almost double its size; a new multi-level car-park with public transport interchange on its top level; and an on-site hotel.
  • A new business lounge opened in April 2013, delivering a range of product improvements and a 50 per cent increase in space when compared to the previous facility. Aimed at business and leisure travellers, the Aspire Lounge is operated by long-standing business partner, Servisair. It includes a series of distinct zones catering to the differing requirements of passengers, whether they want to do some last minute work before boarding or relax ahead of a holiday flight. Hot food is available, alongside snacks and premium brand drinks.
  • A central pier is scheduled for construction in 2013/14 and will create additional boarding gates while relieving congestion in the departure lounge. The pier will be airbridge compatible and will be able to handle B787 type aircraft.
  • In April 2013, Bristol Airport became the first British airport to attain accreditation from world-leading customer welcome programme, WorldHost.

Bristol Airport's existing airline customers include a mix of full-service, low-cost and charter airlines. Both easyJet and Ryanair base aircraft at the airport and have in recent years considerably enhanced the range of non-stop destinations.

Vital statistics

  • Bristol Airport is the UK’s fifth largest airport outside London and the ninth largest across the UK.Bristol Airport is the third largest regional airport in England outside London.
  • You can now fly direct to 105 destinations across 30 countries from Bristol Airport.
  • 13 capital cities are now served by direct scheduled services from Bristol Airport.
  • 5.9 million passengers used Bristol Airport in 2012, up 2.8 per cent compared to the previous year, making Bristol the only airport in the UK’s top ten to see growth each year since the end of 2009.
  • 7 million people live within a two hour drive time of Bristol Airport
  • 82 scheduled destinations (73 international and nine domestic) are now served by direct flights from Bristol Airport across 22 countries
  • 46 charter destinations in 19 countries are served by direct flights from Bristol Airport.
  • 11 scheduled airlines fly from Bristol Airport: Aer Arann (operating services for Aer Lingus Regional), Air France, Aurigny, Blue Islands, bmi regional, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Flybe, Helvetic Airways, KLM, Ryanair.
  • Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways both base aircraft at Bristol Airport year round.
  • KLM flies four-times daily to its Amsterdam hub.
  • Brussels Airlines flies three-times daily to its Brussels hub.
  • Air France flies daily to its Paris Charles de Gaulle hub.
  • Aer Lingus operates a twice-daily service to Dublin, with onward connections to New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando.
  • easyJet flies to 39 international destinations and five domestic destinations from Bristol Airport, including a four-times daily service to Edinburgh.
  • easyJet bases 10 Airbus aircraft at Bristol Airport (11 during the peak summer season).
  • Ryanair currently flies to 31 destinations from Bristol Airport.