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Bristol Airport welcomes the Red Arrows and Typhoons

Created: 7th Aug 2013

Display teams arrive for the Balloon Fiesta.

Bristol Airport will play host to the Red Arrows and Typhoon aerobatic display teams this weekend. The teams will touch down on Friday 9 August at the Airport in readiness for their displays at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta (8 – 11 August 2013).

The Arrows’ ten Hawk aircraft will call in at Bristol Airport, making an unusual addition to the passenger aircraft more commonly seen at the airport.

Expected at 13.30 on Friday, the Red Arrows usually land using one of four potential formations, known as ‘breaks’, including a low level overflight prior to landing. They will then take off at 15.49 on Friday to carry out the Balloon Fiesta display, returning to the Airport before departing at 19.12 for a display at Cowes Festival, returning again later in the evening. They will depart Bristol Airport for the final time early afternoon on Saturday for displays at the Northern Ireland Festival of Flight and in Blackpool.

The two Typhoon aircraft will arrive at 14.00 on Friday with one aircraft departing at 12.40 on Saturday for the display at the Balloon Fiesta. After the display this aircraft is then performing at the Northern Ireland Festival of Flight. Sunday will also see the Typhoon aircraft arrive and depart from Bristol Airport ahead of their busy performance schedule at Blackpool.

Jacqui Mills, Public Relations Manager, Bristol Airport, said:
“Bristol Airport is proud to welcome the Red Arrows and Typhoon display teams to Bristol Airport for the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

“These world-famous display teams are such an iconic symbol of the UK and the Royal Air Force. Their work for charity and tourist events in the UK still creates millions of pounds in the economies where major events and air shows are hosted.

“It will be a thrill for visitors to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, staff and local aviation enthusiasts to see both the Red Arrows and Typhoons in action here at Bristol Airport and the Balloon Fiesta and we look forward to welcoming them.

“This weekend brings to an end months of planning between the Balloon Fiesta organisers, airlines and the NATS Air Traffic Control Team at Bristol Airport. This work involved the detailed preparation and planning for the mass hot air balloon ascents at 6am and 6pm daily with over 150 hot air balloons in the airspace around Bristol Airport. It also includes keeping disruption to passenger flights using Bristol Airport to a minimum, whilst the airspace is closed for short periods during the air displays.”