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Athletes touch down at Bristol Airport

Created: 20th Aug 2015

Over 300 international visitors, including competing athletes will arrive at Bristol Airport ahead of the 2015 European Modern Pentathlon Championships – the first senior international modern pentathlon competition held in the UK since the London 2012 Olympic Games.


The event is being held at the University of Bath, home to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre, from 17 to 23 August. More than 100 top pentathletes from around Europe will compete at the championships, which will be a significant opportunity to try and achieve the qualifying standard for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. There are eight places for men and eight places for women on offer in the individual finals at the weekend.

The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises five events: fencing, 200m freestyle swimming, show jumping and a final combined event of pistol shooting and a 3200 m cross-country run. The sport has been a core sport of the Olympic Games since 1912.

The athletes will travel from 20 different countries on services operated by KLM, bmi regional, easyJet and Brussels Airlines, with many making long haul connections via Amsterdam, Munich and Frankfurt. They will be met at the airport by a welcoming committee from the University with transport arranged for their transfer to Bath.

Peter Downes, Head of Aviation Development at Bristol Airport, said:

“Bristol Airport is delighted to welcome the athletes to the South West from countries ranging from A to U - Austria to the Ukraine. It justifiably puts the University of Bath on the world’s centre stage for sport. For some, this will be a first visit to the region, so we wanted to play our part in ensuring their first impressions were positive.

“By flying into Bristol Airport rather than a congested airport outside the region, the athletes will reduce their onward journey, meaning they will arrive relaxed with more time to prepare for the sporting challenges they will face over the next few days.

“We work closely with Bath Tourism Plus in promoting the many benefits to inbound international visitors of using Bristol Airport as a gateway to the region. This is one more demonstration of Bath being a destination of choice, adding valuable benefits to the regional economy. ”

Tickets for the event can be purchased via Ticketline. Children’s tickets are just £1 all week, with adult tickets starting from £6.