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Record passenger numbers expected over holiday weekend
Bristol International expects over 92,000 passengers to pass through its terminal over the course of the Bank Holiday break (Friday 22nd – Monday 25th August), with the wet weather in the UK contributing to what could be a record weekend at the airport.
Sun-seekers from across the South West will be heading for popular holiday destinations such as the Balearics, the Canaries, Greece, Turkey and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, and to cope with demand for flights to Spain, Portugal and France, easyJet has added a twelfth based aircraft to its Bristol operation during August.
In addition, there has been a late surge in bookings on Continental Airlines’ service to New York, with many passengers making onward connections to the sunshine state of Florida in search of sun, sea and sand.
But it’s not all one-way traffic. Just as thousands of passengers will be flying from Bristol International to destinations across the world to visit friends and family, the arrivals area at the airport will play host to tearful reunions as ex-pats return for the holiday weekend and the region’s international residents welcome visitors from home.
Travellers using Bristol International for the first time this summer will notice several improvements to facilities. Work has been completed on an extension to the security search area, with queue times reduced as a result, and the choice of food and drink options has been widened with the opening of a new table service restaurant (Dexters) a seafood bar (Caviar House) and a new Soho Coffee Company café. Along with other bars and restaurants, Soho will sell over 20,000 cups of coffee to thirsty travellers over the weekend!
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