Bristol Airport

Handy information about the airport

  • Bars, restaurants and shopping available before you fly
  • Short and Long Stay car parking available
  • Great rates on park and ride services

Bristol Airport History

Bristol Airport started life in 1927 and was opened properly in 1930, having been built on some farmland at Whitchurch, a town near Bristol. At the time it was opened it was only the third civil airport in the country and was initially only used heavily throughout the war; as air traffic heading to London's Croydon Airport was redirected there for safety reasons.

After the war, in 1957, Lulsgate Botton Airfield was purchased and a new Bristol City Airport was opened. By 1980, there were seventeen charter airlines flying to and from Bristol Airport and by 1984 the airport had been expanded with the addition of an international departure lounge, several duty free shops, a twenty-four-hour airside bar, new check-in desks, scales, new baggage systems, tour operators desks, flight information systems and new and improved disabled facilities.

In 1987 every person working for Bristol City Council was transferred over to work for Bristol Airport PLC (Public Limited Company). In 1997 Bristol City Council sold part of the company and the name of the airport was changed to 'Bristol International Airport'. The airport was expanded yet again in 1999 with the addition of a new terminal building, which was then opened in March 2000. In 2001 the airport was bought out and in the same year it also acquired the low cost carrier airline 'Go Fly'.

In 2002 Bristol was recognised as the fastest growing airport in the UK.

Who would of thought way back in 1927 that the flying club at the Filton Aerodrome would one day form the basis of Bristol International Airport. Now flying to 122 destinations across 23 countries, Bristol caters for approximately 3m passengers a year. Located around 8 miles south of Bristol City Centre, Bristol Airport is easily accessible from the M4 and the M5 via the A38.

The airport is predicted to continue to grow and grow, possibly handling up to 12 million passengers by 2030.

GPS Information

For those using satellite navigation systems, the following postcode may be of use :
BS48 3DY

Airport Developments at Bristol

In the beginning of 2007 Bristol celebrated the launch of a new passenger reward scheme Travel Rewards and took steps to offset their carbon consumption with the green organisation Climate Care.

What You Can Expect to Find...

Bristol Airport offers many conveniences for its passengers. These include all sorts of bars, restaurants and cafes that include:

  • Ritazza Coffee Bar
  • The Food Village
  • Burger King
  • Subway
  • Brunel Bar
  • Echo Music Bar & Restaurant

What's more, Bristol has many quality shops and stores which allow you to get that last minute retail therapy in.

  • Flying Visit
  • W.H. Smith
  • Nuance Tax and Duty Free
  • Fashion Gallery
  • Street Surf and Sand
To make the most of these facilities, book Bristol airport parking to ensure an all-round enjoyable experience.