Airline gate lounge gets makeover for frequent flyers
Created: 30th Oct 2015
Improved facilities for passengers travelling on major business routes.
Frequent flyers and travel specialists from some of the South West’s highest profile companies joined passengers travelling to Frankfurt and Munich yesterday to see a newly refurbished £50,000 gate lounge open for business at Bristol Airport.
The new gate lounge will provide passengers with a dedicated area to wait for their flights prior to boarding, just metres away from the aircraft steps. Practical features primarily aimed at business passengers include a workstation area, free wifi access with charging points, a hot drinks vending machine and additional seating, while a Bristol Blue inspired theme gives the gate lounge a distinctive new look.
The boarding gate lounge was officially opened by special guest and Bristol resident, Carol Vorderman. Several of Bristol Airport’s key corporate clients and representatives of the airline, bmi regional (which operates seven routes from Bristol to major European business destinations) joined passengers to see the facility for the first time.
Robert Sinclair, Bristol Airport’s Chief Executive Officer said:
“The opening of this dedicated gate lounge area is another demonstration of our commitment to the business community in the South West and South Wales. We know many of our customers travel regularly for work and we want to make the experience as comfortable and efficient as we can.”
Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer at bmi regional, said;
“Customers travelling for business are especially focused on value for money, convenience and quality of service. Our Bristol customers already benefit from check-in that remains open until 30-minutes prior to departure, and the new departure gates ensure the airport experience is even smoother and more seamless.”
Work continues on a £24 million west terminal extension which will transform the security search process for passengers when it opens in summer 2016, as well as creating an enlarged baggage reclaim area, customs facilities, arrivals retail, and meet and greet area. Once completed next year, this will take the total investment in infrastructure at Bristol Airport since 2010 to over £120 million.
Other developments underway include improvements to car parks and the construction of a 201 room Hampton by Hilton hotel set to be completed in 2016. 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.
To book flights with bmi regional visit www.bmiregional.com