Airport lounge expansion is set to ‘wow’ passengers

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 July 2015

A general view of the new departure lounge at Bristol Airport. Photo by Dan Regan.

A general view of the new departure lounge at Bristol Airport. Photo by Dan Regan.

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BOSSES at Bristol Airport showcased an £8.6million extension of the terminal building last week, when a new departure lounge at the eastern end of the terminal opened to passengers.

The project, which took a year to complete, will provide passengers with improved facilities and more space to wait for their flights.

A number of businesses have opened up new shops in the remodelled departure lounge, such as JD Sports and fashion brand Accessorize.

The extension also includes an outdoor terrace area with a bar and restaurant seating under a retractable roof, which enables passengers to watch planes as they land and take off.

The airport’s chief executive Robert Sinclair said: “The terminal extension will make the departure experience more relaxing and enjoyable for passengers.

“More than 750,000 passengers are set to fly from Bristol Airport during July and August alone, and we are confident they will be wowed by this new extension and the space, comfort and wider choice it provides.

“People told us they wanted a better choice of retail outlets at the airport, and that is what we have provided.

“Passengers now have the opportunity to come to the airport and enjoy a wider range of shops, food and drink outlets – which is exactly what we, as a regional airport, wanted to achieve.

“This development is a significant step towards achieving our vision of providing passengers from the South West and Wales with a world-class customer experience when flying in and out of the airport.”

The airport is also set to benefit from a separate extension to the western end of the terminal, which is due to be completed in July 2016.

The £24million extension will overhaul the security search process and will create enlarged arrivals, baggage reclaim, customs and ‘meet and greet’ areas for passengers.

Once completed, the western terminal extension will take the total investment in infrastructure at Bristol Airport since 2010 to more than £120million.

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