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Bristol Airport prepares for busy build up to Christmas

Created: 19th Dec 2013

Bristol Airport is preparing for a busy period in the run up to Christmas, with over 56,000 passengers expected to pass through the terminal over the course of four days between 21-24 December.

New city break destinations this month include Reykjavik and Marrakech, while skiers can choose from resorts in seven countries this winter. The run up to Christmas will also see families and friends reuniting for Christmas, with flights to Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels and Dublin enabling travellers to access connections to onward destinations across the world. Geneva, Belfast and Edinburgh are also proving popular destinations.

But it is not all one-way traffic. Bristol Airport is also expecting an influx of visitors from overseas, with many travellers returning home or visiting friends and family in the region for the Christmas and New Year holiday.

While the build up to Christmas will be busy, no flights are scheduled to operate on the big day itself. Following the final arrival on Christmas Eve (easyJet flight EZY6030 from Barcelona), the next flight to operate will be an early morning departure to Lapland on Boxing Day, meaning the majority of airport workers can take a well earned break. As a result, retail and catering facilities in the terminal will be closed from midnight on Christmas Eve to 3am on Boxing Day morning.

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said:

“December is traditionally a busy month at the Airport, but it can also be an enjoyable time as the terminal plays host to some tearful reunions when loved ones return home for the festive season. With daily passenger numbers peaking at around 18,000 on Sunday the 22nd, we will be working hard to provide a warm welcome to inbound visitors and a friendly and efficient service for those heading off to new horizons.”

Passengers are advised to allow sufficient time to get to the Airport and complete essential processes such as check-in, security and boarding, as well as factoring in the extra volume of holiday traffic on the roads when planning journeys.

If using transport services passengers are requested to check in advance of their departure over the Christmas period as no services will be operating to or from Bristol Airport on Christmas Day and with a reduced service on other days of the holiday period.

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