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Champions League Final Takes Passenger Figures To Record High

Created: 5th Jun 2017

An extra 15,000 passengers used Bristol Airport over the weekend (Friday 2 June until Sunday 4 June) en route to the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff – one of the biggest sporting events in the world this year.

In total, over 100,000 passengers flew in and out of Bristol over the course of the weekend, making it the busiest in the Airport’s history.

Over 170,000 fans made the trip to watch Real Madrid take on Juventus on Saturday evening, or simply to join in the Champions League Festival activities based around the city of Cardiff over the weekend. 

UEFA followed a ‘two airport strategy’ for the travel arrangements of fans, with Bristol Airport the designated port of entry for followers of Real Madrid, and Cardiff Airport the primary airport for Juventus fans.

Months of planning and preparation went into ensuring those flying in for the final received a warm welcome and were able to continue their onward journey to Cardiff quickly and efficiently. 

In total an extra 200 aircraft, including private and corporate jets, scheduled flights and special charter flights, arrived at Bristol Airport bringing supporters into the UK ahead of the match. 

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Airport said: 
“We were delighted to work with the Football Association of Wales and other partners on this joint initiative to bring the UEFA Champions League Final to Cardiff, and pleased to play our part in successfully hosting such a high profile event.

“It was a tremendous team effort at Bristol Airport with many of our staff and business partners working together over the weekend to ensure the Real Madrid fans had a great experience, whilst reducing disruption to all of our other passengers.” 

Having invested more than £160 million in new infrastructure and facilities since 2010, Bristol Airport is well positioned to serve passengers across the South West of the UK, and also provides a gateway to the region for international visitors.  This has resulted in the Airport being rated number one in the UK for overall customer satisfaction by ASQ, the benchmarking programme run by Airports Council International.

Throughout 2017, Bristol Airport will be celebrating 60 years at its current site.  As well as looking back on a rich aviation history, work will begin on an updated Master Plan which will consider how best to meet growing demand for air travel to and from the South West and South Wales over the next two decades.  The views of customers, employees, neighbours and others stakeholders will be vital in helping to shape the Airport’s vision for the future.

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