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Bristol Airport opens expanded terminal

The runway at Bristol Airport. Credit: PA Images

Bristol Airport is celebrating the official opening of an expanded terminal after construction on the £24 million project was completed.

The West Terminal extension aims to improve security at the airport and deliver a quicker, more comfortable process for arrivals.

The expanded terminal will be fully opened for the first time.

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Representatives of Bristol Airport say the extension will 'transform the airport experience for passengers', with improvements including:

  • A new security search area comprising 12 security lanes with a dedicated Fast Track zone
  • A preparation area where passengers will have space to get their belongings ready for screening
  • State-of-the-art technology to make getting through metal detectors, x-rays and security scanners faster
  • A spacious new arrivals area with a larger baggage reclaim, customs facilities and a meet and greet area
  • A new immigration hall to open in the spring offering passengers a bigger and more efficient passport control point with e-passport gates
Bristol Airport from above. Credit: PA Images

The expansion of the West Terminal is part of the Bristol Airport Masterplan to deliver an airport capable of transporting 10 million passengers a year by 2030.

Balloons take over the runway at Bristol Airport. Credit: PA Images

The terminal was opened by Transport Minister Chris Grayling.