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Ribbon is cut for Bristol Aiport's new departure lounge

The first of two multi-million pound extensions to Bristol Airport has opened.

The 12 month programme has seen the departure lounge in the east terminal significantly enlarged.

The £8.6 million redevelopment has left it with a modern look and a more retail and catering brands have set up shop making it a much improved shopping experience.

The moment the new departure lounge was declared open Credit: ITV News West Country
Bristol Airport has ensured art is at the heart of the new, bigger departure lounge Credit: ITV News West Country
This sculpture is inspired by a local export - Bristol Blue Glass Credit: ITV News West Country
The departure lounge in the east terminal has been extended as part of a multi-million pound programme Credit: ITV News West Country
The Departure lounge will be more of a shopping experience, with a number of new retail brands moving in Credit: ITV News West Country
The lounge also comes complete with free charging points for mobile phones Credit: ITV News West Country
There is even an open-air terrace Credit: ITV News West Country
With a retractable roof - and plastic dogs Credit: ITV News West Country

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Rapidly growing Bristol airport announces first hotel

An artists impression of the hotel Credit: Bristol Airport

The 201 guest room property is expected to open in spring 2016 and will be the first hotel at the Airport.

Bristol is the only top ten UK airport to see passenger growth every year since 2009 and saw record volumes last year when 6.3 million people passed through the terminal, making it the UK's ninth busiest passenger airport.

An artists impression of the hotel Credit: Bristol Airport

The development of a high quality on-site hotel to be operated under such a world-renowned brand will be a very welcome addition to our facilities for the growing number of passengers choosing to fly to and from Bristol Airport. Alongside the terminal extension currently under construction, this is another statement of our ambition to be a world class regional airport serving the South West of the UK.

– Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport rated world's most punctual

The world's most punctual airport Credit: ITV

Bristol Airport has been rated the world's most punctual, in new league tables published today.

The report looked at over 43 million flight records from 4000 airports around the world, and Bristol emerged right at the top.

Its on-time performance rating was 94.6%.

This achievement is a joint effort and is testament to the collaborative approach taken by airlines, ground handlers and our own team. It demonstrates the advantages offered by regional airports such as Bristol, where airlines operate in uncongested airspace with greater flexibility and resilience in the event of any disruption.

– Robert Sinclair, CEO Bristol Airport

Christmas getaway begins in Bristol

Bristol Airport is expecting one of its busiest-ever weekends Credit: PA

The big Christmas getaway has started as schools break up and people head off for the festive break.

Bristol Airport is expecting one of its busiest-ever weekends. Twenty thousand passengers will be flying into and out of the terminal on Sunday alone.

On the roads, the AA says Christmas shopping means congestion is likely around Cribbs Causeway. But there's some good news for motorists. The Highways Agency says it's suspending some motorway roadworks.

New routes out of Bristol Airport next summer

EasyJet, Bristol Airport’s largest airline, has announced a further three new routes out of Bristol. From April next year, the airline will start flying to Bilbao, Isle of Man and Zante from Bristol Airport.

It follows an announcement of four additional new routes to Gibraltar, Porto, Lanzarote and Catania. In total, easyJet will add seven new destinations to its Bristol operations next summer.

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Bristol Airport returns to normal after fire

Normal service has resumed at Bristol Airport after yesterday's disruption.

All flights were delayed after a small fire caused a power cut in the terminal in the early hours of Friday morning. The Airport's back-up generator also failed.

Thousands of people were affected with average delays of around 2 hours.

Some passengers had to jet off for a summer break without their luggage after the baggage belt failed.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

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