Nostalgia: Experience Bristol Airport through the decades as it celebrates 60 years of flying

PUBLISHED: 16:18 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:27 07 August 2017

The viewing platform at the airport in the 1960s. Picture: Andrew White. See more via www.ebid.net/uk/perl/main.cgi?mo=user-store&title=andypostcards-store

The viewing platform at the airport in the 1960s. Picture: Andrew White. See more via www.ebid.net/uk/perl/main.cgi?mo=user-store&title=andypostcards-store

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People have been flying from Bristol Airport for 60 years and has gone from serving 33,000 people in its first year of operation to seeing close to that many passengers pass through its terminals every day – take a look at the airport’s journey through the decades with our photo collection…

The opening of the airport in 1957. Picture: Bristol Airport.The opening of the airport in 1957. Picture: Bristol Airport.

An advert for Bristol Airport from the 1950s. Picture: Bristol Airport.An advert for Bristol Airport from the 1950s. Picture: Bristol Airport.

The old air traffic control tower in the 1950s. Picture: Bristol Airport.The old air traffic control tower in the 1950s. Picture: Bristol Airport.

The opening in 1957. Picture: Bristol AirportThe opening in 1957. Picture: Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport's old terminal restaurant in the 1950s. Picture: Bristol Airport.Bristol Airport's old terminal restaurant in the 1950s. Picture: Bristol Airport.

The original old terminal building in the 1950s. Picture: Bristol Airport.The original old terminal building in the 1950s. Picture: Bristol Airport.

Carvair and Ambassador at Bristol Airport. Picture: Bristol AirportCarvair and Ambassador at Bristol Airport. Picture: Bristol Airport

The viewing platform at the airport in the 1960s. Picture: Bristol AirportThe viewing platform at the airport in the 1960s. Picture: Bristol Airport

The terminal extension in 1965. Picture: Bristol AirportThe terminal extension in 1965. Picture: Bristol Airport

Cambrian airlines at Bristol Airport in the 1960s. Picture: Bristol AirportCambrian airlines at Bristol Airport in the 1960s. Picture: Bristol Airport

Fire engines on a ramp outside of the terminal in the 1960s. Picture: Bristol AirportFire engines on a ramp outside of the terminal in the 1960s. Picture: Bristol Airport

British Air Ferries in the 1970s. Picture: Bristol AirportBritish Air Ferries in the 1970s. Picture: Bristol Airport

British Airways on the ramp in the 1970s. Picture: Bristol AirportBritish Airways on the ramp in the 1970s. Picture: Bristol Airport

An aerial view of the airport in the 1970s. Picture: Bristol AirportAn aerial view of the airport in the 1970s. Picture: Bristol Airport

An advert for Dan Air in the 1970s. Picture: Bristol AirportAn advert for Dan Air in the 1970s. Picture: Bristol Airport

A retro check-in area in the 1980s – a lot has changed. Picture: Bristol AirportA retro check-in area in the 1980s – a lot has changed. Picture: Bristol Airport

An AirFrance plane ready to fly people to France in the 1980s. Picture: Bristol AirportAn AirFrance plane ready to fly people to France in the 1980s. Picture: Bristol Airport

It is not just planes which have become more modern over the years, these cars aren't often seen on the roads now... Here is a view of the old terminal building from the car park in the 1980s. Picture: Bristol AirportIt is not just planes which have become more modern over the years, these cars aren't often seen on the roads now... Here is a view of the old terminal building from the car park in the 1980s. Picture: Bristol Airport

Inside the Air Traffic Control tower in 1986. Picture: Bristol AirportInside the Air Traffic Control tower in 1986. Picture: Bristol Airport

A KLM CityHopper on the ramp at Bristol Airport in the 1980s. Picture: Bristol AirportA KLM CityHopper on the ramp at Bristol Airport in the 1980s. Picture: Bristol Airport

Former British Prime Minister John Major visited the airport in the 1990s. Picture: Bristol AirportFormer British Prime Minister John Major visited the airport in the 1990s. Picture: Bristol Airport

The airport looks very different now to how it looked in the 1990s. Picture: Bristol AirportThe airport looks very different now to how it looked in the 1990s. Picture: Bristol Airport

A leaflet advertising the airport in 1993. Picture: Bristol AirportA leaflet advertising the airport in 1993. Picture: Bristol Airport

The airport's branding has changed considerably – it is now known simply as Bristol Airport. Picture: Bristol AirportThe airport's branding has changed considerably – it is now known simply as Bristol Airport. Picture: Bristol Airport

Passengers ready to jet away on holiday in the 1990s. Picture: Bristol AirportPassengers ready to jet away on holiday in the 1990s. Picture: Bristol Airport

The official opening of the terminal in the 2000s. Picture: Bristol AirportThe official opening of the terminal in the 2000s. Picture: Bristol Airport

The terminal was launched by some of Bristol's iconic hot air baloons. Picture: Bristol AirportThe terminal was launched by some of Bristol's iconic hot air baloons. Picture: Bristol Airport

The new terminal front in the 2000s. Picture: Bristol AirportThe new terminal front in the 2000s. Picture: Bristol Airport

The 2000s saw a new terminal build at the airport. This picture shows time capsules going into its foundations. Picture: Bristol AirportThe 2000s saw a new terminal build at the airport. This picture shows time capsules going into its foundations. Picture: Bristol Airport

The East Terminal extension. Picture: Bristol Airport.The East Terminal extension. Picture: Bristol Airport.

The airport's central walkway. Picture: Bristol Airport.The airport's central walkway. Picture: Bristol Airport.

The construction of the West Terminal took place in the past seven years. Picture: Bristol Airport.The construction of the West Terminal took place in the past seven years. Picture: Bristol Airport.

The airport's CEO Robert Sinclair and Easyjet's UK country manager Ali Gayward during the 60th anniversary celebrations, which saw an EasyJet plane named 'Spirit of Bristol'.The airport's CEO Robert Sinclair and Easyjet's UK country manager Ali Gayward during the 60th anniversary celebrations, which saw an EasyJet plane named 'Spirit of Bristol'.

For more information about the history of Bristol Airport, pick up a copy of next week’s Weston Mercury (May 11).

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