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Bristol Airport

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Bristol Airport delays

Facts about Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport is a large commercial airport found in Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset, Bristol. It is located close to a number of Bristol's impressive attractions including the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, At-Bristol, Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol Zoo Gardens, and Blaise Castle House Museum. It is also surrounded by very luxurious restaurants and hotels including Fox & Goose, Greenditch Farm B&B, Ethicurean Restaurant, BristolMarco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, and Zizzi Restaurant. The airport has a bureau de change where you can exchange your currencies into British Pound, Euros, US dollar, Canadian Dollar or New Zealand Dollar. Its six ATMs located at both the arrival and departure areas accept Visa card, MasterCard, and American Express. Furthermore, Bristol Airport houses a number of on-site cafés, restaurants, and bars such as Caffé Ritazza, Subway, Soho Coffee Company, Bar Zero9, Dexters, Burger King, Starbucks Coffee, and the Wine & Deli Bar. The restaurants and cafés offer wonderful mouth-watering dishes, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks while the bars offer a wide collection of local and exotic beers and wines as well as a range of bar foods and snacks. Shops such as WHSmith, Dixons, Clairés, Superdrug, World Duty Free, and Flying Visit offer a wide variety of items such as books, sun creams, children's jewellery, newspapers, cosmetics, electronic gadgets, refreshments, and toiletries. The parking is divided into three areas: Silver Zone, Long Stay, and Premier, each charging different rates.

Various airlines operate from the Bristol Airport, flying to and from numerous destinations. Aer Lingus is flying from Bristol and offers many destinations such as Dublin, Cork, and Shannon. easyJet also has many flights to and from Bristol, with destinations in Spain, Netherlands, Germany, France, Ireland, Denmark, Greece, Scotland, Switzerland, Poland and Portugal. Many other airlines also operate from the airport including KLM, Ryanair, SAS, Thomas Cook and Thomson Airways.

The Airport's History

A group of local businessmen came together after raising a total of about £6,000 and decided to open a flying club at Filton Aerodrome. The club grew significantly and towards the end of 1929, the partners bought an extra piece of land near Whitchurch in order to expand the airfield. In the year 1930, it was declared a civilian airport by Prince George, son of King George V. During the Second World War, it remained the only operational civilian airport in the United Kingdom. The airport became known as Bristol Airport in 2010, after being named Bristol International Airport for the 13 years prior.

What to do if Flights are delayed?

Cases of delays are not reported often. According to the management, the airport can experience 6% of late departure, 2% of late arrival, and 1% of cancellation. Majority of flights from Bristol usually depart or arrive on time unless they experience very serious mechanical problems. The airport is usually very busy between early in the morning and noon, after which it starts experiencing delays until 6:00pm. For more information about the airport's passenger statistics, feel free to visit FlightStats.

Whether you experience late departure or arrival, flight cancellation, or overbooking while travelling, you should always ask for compensation from your airline. You can easily check whether your flight qualifies by using Flightright's Compensation Calculator below.

What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

  • gather information
  • Take photos
  • You are entitled to vouchers
  • Keep documents from the airline, such as letters, tickets, vouchers
250 €
Up to 1,500 KM
2H Delay
400 €
1.500 KM - 3.500KM
3H Delay
600 €
Mer än 3500 km
6H Delay
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