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About Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport (BRS) is found in North Somerset, England. It is 8.1 miles away from the southwest part of Bristol city centre. It opened in year 1957 on the former RAF airfield. In 1997 until 2010, it was called Bristol International Airport. In 2014, it ranked ninth busiest airport in UK, but it traces history back in 1927 when a group of businessmen raised money to open a flying club, which later became Concorde’s birthplace.

The project attracted interest of some gentlemen who ambitiously decided to develop an airport to serve Bristol. Thus, a part of a farmland was bought at Whitchurch and the airport was born. The old airport opened on May 31, 1930 and was the third civil airport in England. It was the Duchess of Kent who opened the new airport in 1957, which flew 33,000 passengers in the first year. From Bristol International Airport, it was rebranded as Bristol Airport in March 2010.

The airport does not have jetways, so planes park on the apron and travelers either walk or ride buses. In May 2010, a walkway was opened and connected the terminal building to new pre-boarding zones. In 2012, a base was established in 2013, additional routes to Germany and Italy were added for business travelers. The busiest route in 2014 is Amsterdam with over 350,000 passengers carried.

More than 2,800 people work for Bristol Airport, while 50 different businesses run onsite. It is actually owned by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) and serves not just Bristol, but also Somerset, Gloucestershire and West Wittshire. OTPP is an independent organization that administers pensions for teachers of Ontario, Canada. The organization bought the airport from Macquarie Group in 2014 and became its sole owner. Ryanair, EasyJet and BMI Regional Airlines have operating bases at Bristol Airport.