December news from Bristol Airport for Portishead passengers
By Prue_Reid | Thursday, December 13, 2012, 16:30
More than half a million is being spent building a new VIP lounge at Bristol Airport.
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Work is already underway on a £600,000 project to create a new executive lounge with the Aspire by Servisair branding.
It will be twice as big and the current executive lounge and is due to open in spring 2013.
It is being build in a new location at the terminus and when up and running will serve complimentary hot food as well as snacks and premium brand drinks.
But people using the facility will have to pay to get in.
When pre-booked online it will cost £17.49 for adults and £9.99 for children to use the new lounge.
Entry on the day will be £19.95 for adults and £10.95 for children.
A series of distinct zones will cater for the differing requirements of business and leisure passengers, depending on whether they want to do some last minute work before boarding or relax ahead of a holiday flight.
Families will also be welcome, with a new entertainment area complete with personal televisions.
Specially designed side tables provide charging facilities for laptops, iPads or games consoles and the lounge will include toilet facilities.
The lounge development is part of an overall strategy to enhance facilities for business passengers using Bristol Airport.
Recent improvements include an extension to the premier car park, an enhanced fast track security product and improvements to the boarding gate used by full-service scheduled airlines.
Passengers will also be able to take advantage of Servisair's LoungeMiles™ rewards scheme which entitles customers to one free lounge pass or a £5 gift voucher from retailers such as Boots, John Lewis or M&S, for every five visits made.
Bristol Airport is the ninth largest airport in the UK, and the fifth largest outside London with flights to and from more than 100 destinations.
Thirteen scheduled airlines operate from Bristol Airport, including Air France, bmi regional, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, KLM and Ryanair, and the two major tour operators, Tui and Thomas Cook, operate year-round programmes.
In 2011 5.8 million passengers used Bristol Airport which has planning permission to development its facilities to handle 10 million passengers per annum by 2020.
Bristol Airport was named 'Best UK Airport' in the Business Travel Awards 2012.
Servisair is the biggest airport lounge operator and market leader in the provision of airport lounges open to any passenger throughout the UK and Europe.
- Passenger demand has seen airline Blue Islands increasing the capacity on its Channel Island route to Jersey from Bristol Airport. The remarkable success of the service launched 18 months ago means more seats are required to meet the increased demand. Capacity will increase by 140 per cent in February 2013 when the 48 seat ATR-42 aircraft replaces the 19 seat Jetstream aircraft. Blue Island managing director Rob Vernon said: "Since launching the twice daily, direct service between Bristol and Jersey, with connections to Guernsey, the route has surpassed expectations. Our Bristol service has been popular for both business and leisure travel thanks to the ideal morning and evening flight times. Since we began operating the route in April 2011, the total market has increased by 35 per cent with Blue Islands taking 47 per cent of the market share. This clearly demonstrates the demand for a great schedule and the honest, transparent 'welcome difference' that we at Blue Islands pride ourselves on. Bristol Airport is the third largest regional airport in England outside London with a catchment of seven million people within two hours. The airport is consistently growing and investing in their infrastructure. We're seeing Bristol becoming the preferred choice above Cardiff and Exeter airports for passengers." Blue Islands awaits a confirmation of date for a public hearing regarding the Guernsey to Bristol route license application. The original application was submitted in July.
- The UK's leading tour operator to Corsica is launching a new flight weekly service from Bristol to Bastia in north east Corsica for summer 2013. Corsican Places will offer the service for 13 weeks from Sunday, June 23, through to September, by chartering airline bmi regional. Bristol Airport aviation director Shaun Browne said: "The flight to Bastia takes just two and a half hours, bringing an attractive new holiday destination within easy reach direct from Bristol." Departures and returns times are at11am and 4.30pm on board a small and comfortable 47 seater aircraft. For information, brochures and bookings call Corsican Places on 0845 330 2113 or visit www.corsica.co.uk.