Line-up announced for terminal extension at Bristol Airport
Created: 17th Jun 2015
New brands and bigger departure lounge for passengers this summer.
An exciting line-up of retail and catering facilities has been confirmed ahead of the opening of Bristol Airport’s eastern terminal extension this summer.
The £8.6m project – the first major expansion of the terminal building since it opened in 2000 - opens to passengers in early July and is a major component of development plans to enhance facilities to handle 10 million passengers per annum.
As well as creating space for hundreds of additional seats in the departure lounge, the extension provides more than 1,000 square metres for retail and catering units which will be occupied by a range of new and existing brands.
New to Bristol Airport are the leading Fashion Sports retailer, JD Sports, and popular fashion outlet, Accessorize, while the new Traveller store will bring a range of major brands and the latest fashion under one roof, selected to capture the excitement and exhilaration of travelling, including Superdry, Gant, Barbour, Boss Green and Joules. Claire’s Accessories returns after a brief hiatus during the construction period, and Superdrug, WHSmith and The Bookshop at WHSmith will move to new, improved units in the enlarged departure lounge, completing an exciting refresh of the shopping experience.
Passengers will also have more options to choose from this summer, including a new-look Starbucks located in the terminal extension. The food and drink offer, created in partnership with SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, will also be bolstered by the addition of The Cabin, offering fine wine, craft beers and locally sourced food in a relaxing environment which includes a stylish outdoor terrace with retractable roof.
Outdoor space can also be accessed by those not dining, with a rooftop garden featuring quirky sculptures expected to prove popular, particularly during the summer months. With the popularity of the Aspire Lounge, other new additions include a second executive lounge, Aspire Plus, which promises a VIP experience in quiet, relaxed surroundings ideal for the business traveller.
Kate Ridgers, Head of Commercial Development at Bristol Airport, said:
“We are excited about these new additions to the departure lounge, and we hope passengers will be too. It is not only about new brands at the Airport, as Superdrug and WH Smith will have much needed enlarged shops to provide our passengers with the last minute travel essentials. There are now even more reasons to arrive early at the Airport this summer, whether you want to do some last minute holiday shopping or get your trip off to a relaxing start over a meal or drink in one of our bars, cafés or restaurants.”
A total of 6.3 million passengers used Bristol Airport last year, surpassing the previous annual record set in 2008, and continued growth is forecast throughout 2015. The Airport’s largest carrier, easyJet, recently launched a raft of new routes, including year-round services to Bilbao, Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Porto, while Thomson Airways will operate flights to Cape Verde for the first time this summer, alongside new services to Hurghada in Egypt and Paphos, Cyprus. In addition, Wizz Air will enter the South West market with twice weekly flights to Katowice in Poland from June.
Other developments underway include improvements to car parks and the construction of a 201 room Hampton by Hilton hotel set to be completed next spring. Beyond the Airport boundary improvements to the transport system across the West of England, including the construction of a South Bristol Link, will enhance access from the north, east and west once completed in 2016.
Earlier this year Bristol was named the world’s most punctual Airport in a league table measuring on-time performance compiled by leading global aviation provider OAG based on more than 43 million flight records.