Latest news from Bristol Airport
By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 12:27
Bristol Airport departure lounge is having a multi-million pound facelift due to be completed by next summer.
Central walkway - Bristol Airport development
Work has begun on the £6.5 million project to enhance the passenger experience and ease departure lounge congestion during peak travel times.
Bristol Airport has a £150 million development plan in place to allow up to 10 million passengers to travel to and from Lulsgate by 2020.
Development commenced in November 2011 and the first of more than 30 separate projects – the construction of three new aircraft stands – was completed in spring 2012.
Other major components include an extension to the terminal building to almost double its size; a new multi-level car-park with public transport interchange on its top level; and an on-site hotel.
The new departure lounge central walkway will include four new pre-boarding zones serving up to six departure gates.
The 3,880 square metre structure will connect directly to the departure lounge and will be served by an escalator, six lifts, food and drink vending, and toilet facilities to ensure passenger comfort levels.
All gates will be within 105 metres or less of the main terminal and the walkway will provide much improved access to the existing forward coaching lounge currently used by passengers boarding bmi regional flights.
The design of the new facility takes into account the latest generation of twin-engine, wide-body jets, such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, with provision made for the addition of an airbridge for passengers boarding potential long-haul flights in future.
The central walkway forms part of a comprehensive development of the airport and follows completion of a western walkway in 2010 which reduced the need to bus passengers to and from aircraft.
Recent enhancements include a second immigration point, additional security search channels and three new aircraft stands featuring fixed electrical ground power, all of which opened in summer 2012.
Other improvements in the pipeline include extensions to the terminal, a public transport interchange, multi-storey car park and an on-site hotel.
Bristol Airport chief executive Robert Sinclair said: "The construction of the central walkway is a demonstration of our ambition to be the airport of choice across the South West and South Wales.
"It will significantly enhance the airport experience for our passengers and sets the bar high for future development of the terminal.
"Following a record-breaking summer we felt the time was right to make further investment in our passenger facilities.
"Not only will this new development deliver an improved airport experience for passengers and relieve congestion at peak times, it also demonstrates that Bristol Airport is committed to providing the best possible facilities for our airline partners."
International construction services company, ISG, has been appointed to deliver the project, which will be managed from its Bristol office.
Bristol Airport is the UK's fifth largest airport outside London and the ninth largest in the UK, handling 5.9 million passengers in 2012.
In August 2013, the airport recorded the busiest month in its history, handling more than 700,000 passengers.
Bristol Airport directly employs approximately 200 people with a wider employee community of nearer 3,000 from North Somerset and beyond and offers direct services to more than 100 airports across the world.
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- bmi regional has won the silver airline of the year award at the annual European Regions Airline Association (ERA) conference in Salzburg, Austria. bmi regional became independent from bmi in June 2012 and established its own operational, commercial and support infrastructure in its first four months and within a year launched 12 new routes across UK and Europe.