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Bristol Airport prepares for busy Christmas getaway

Created: 17th Dec 2014

Bristol Airport is preparing for a busy time during the Christmas and New Year period, with over 200,000 passengers expected to pass through the terminal over the course of the holiday (from 19 December until 3 January inclusive).

Daily passenger numbers are forecast to peak on Sunday 21 December, with around 20,000 people arriving and departing from the Airport over the course of 24 hours.

Preparations are underway to provide a stress-free start to the festive period for those flying off to see friends and family or heading home for the holidays. However, departing passengers are advised to allow sufficient time to complete check-in, bag drop, security and boarding processes, as well as taking holiday traffic into account when planning the journey to the Airport. If using public transport, passengers are requested to check timetables in advance as no services will be operating to or from Bristol Airport on Christmas Day and a reduced service will be in place on other days over the holiday period.

As well as passengers travelling to be with loved ones over Christmas, festive figures are boosted by those seeking winter sun or hitting the slopes with skis or snowboards. Popular winter sun destinations this year include the Canaries, Egypt and Marrakech, while winter sports enthusiasts can choose from Verona for easy access to the Italian ski resorts, Geneva for the Swiss Alps, Innsbruck for Austrian resorts, and a wide range of other scheduled and charter services. An alternative winter getaway is available for the second year running courtesy of easyJet’s service to Reykjavik. Ideal for those passengers wanting something a little bit different, the Icelandic capital offers dramatic scenery alongside a bohemian music and nightlife scene.

But it is not just one-way traffic. The run up to Christmas also sees families and friends reuniting in Bristol Airport’s arrivals area, with flights from international hubs such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt and Munich enabling travellers to connect to Bristol from across the world.

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said:
“December is historically a busy month at Bristol Airport, but with more seats available than ever to sun and ski destinations we are seeing particularly strong demand over the Christmas period this year. We expect this to continue into 2015, which already looks like being a busy 12 months as we continue to enhance the range of routes and facilities available to passengers.”

While thousands of people will be starting their holidays at Bristol Airport, it will be business as usual for the staff on shift over the festive period - including on Christmas Day itself, when a limited number of flights will be operating to Amsterdam and Sharm el Sheikh, with the flight schedule returning to normal on Boxing Day.