Bristol Airport Covid-19 Update
Created: 19th Mar 2020
Bristol Airport like other UK airports is experiencing an unprecedented reduction in customer demand for air travel due to the impact of COVID-19 virus. We continue to work closely with airlines, the Government, Department for Transport and Public Health England on the latest information and guidance for customers travelling through Bristol Airport.
We remain open to assist our airline partners providing urgent travel within the UK, repatriating customers returning to the UK, or customers returning home within Europe. Safety and security of our customers and staff is our key priority at all times and enhanced cleaning procedures and self-distancing policies are in place to keep our customers and colleagues safe.
The aviation industry has faced many challenges before, but the scale and impact of COVID-19 has seen the largest European downturn of customer demand the airlines have experienced. Bristol Airport similar to other airports, airlines and business partners will introduce measures to ensure the long term sustainability of the business during these exceptional circumstances. This includes reducing or deferring capital expenditure for the remainder of 2020, scaling back recruitment, and reducing the opening hours of catering and retail outlets within the terminal. These measures will ensure Bristol Airport is in the best shape possible to support customers, colleagues and the regions economic recovery when the time comes. It is a dynamic situation and further reviews and difficult decisions may be necessary to protect the business for the future.
Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport commented:
“The risk to the aviation industry must not be underestimated. Aviation has experienced challenges before including airline failures, Volcanic ash airspace closures and terror attacks but the impact of COVID-19 will have far reaching repercussions. Air connectivity is a vital part of our society and economic success and Bristol Airport will be ready to resume this role for our region. We await information on yesterday’s Government’s announcement on a package of measures to support airlines and airports. ”
This is a rapidly changing situation and all customers are advised to keep updated by visiting their airline website.