Passenger Traffic Increases at Bristol Airport

For the third year in a row, passenger traffic at Bristol airport in the UK is on a high, with the number of people passing through the terminal up by 2.8 percent in 2012, compared to the preceding year.

A total of 5.9 million passengers used Bristol Airport in 2012, and the rising passenger traffic makes the airport the only one of the UK’s top ten airports to report continuous passenger growth every year since 2009.

Robert Sinclair, the chief executive officer at Bristol Airport, said, ‘These figures are a very positive signal that the South West economy is moving in the right direction. The resurgence in business travel has been particularly strong with several airlines, including KLM and Brussels Airlines, adding capacity on routes to major European hub airports. We expect this growth to continue throughout 2013, with further route announcements in the pipeline.’

The airport is reporting a rise in passenger numbers despite having handled 7.3 percent fewer flights than in 2011, as a result of airlines operating larger aircraft with increased load factors.

In October 2012, the airport became a hub for the newly launched Bmi Regional airline, which will be offering five times weekly flights to Hamburg from February 11, and a six times a week service to Frankfurt from late March.

easyJet is also offering new routes from the airport, including services to Copenhagen and Naples, while Ryanir is offering a new three-times-weekly flight to Warsaw Modlin.

The airport has completed the first phase of its development to convert into a hub capable of handling 10 million passengers, with three new aircraft stands inaugurated by the then Transport Secretary, Justine Greening. The development will also include construction of a supplementary immigration facility, and an extended security search area.

Bmi Regional Announces New Routes from Bristol

Bmi Regional, a UK based airline, is launching new routes from Bristol, UK, to Hamburg and Frankfurt in Germany.

The airline is offering five-times-weekly flights to Hamburg from February 11, 2013, and a six times per week service to Frankfurt in late March, 2013.

Cathal O’Connell, the airline’s chief executive, said, ‘The launch of new services to Germany is a continuation of bmi regional’s promise to serve key economic and transport hubs to multiple destinations across Europe.

Our choice of destinations is based on customer demand and with Hamburg being a significant operational base for major employers such as Airbus and Imperial Tobacco and Frankfurt a world hub offering connectivity throughout the globe, we are supplying services our business users have asked for. Both cities are exciting destinations for leisure customers and with launch fares starting from as low as £49.99 each way, we also expect to see a boost in both inbound tourists to the South West region.

We are also reviewing other opportunities with the team at Bristol Airport and hope to announce additional routes in the New Year.’

Robert Sinclair, the chief executive officer at Bristol Airport, said, ‘Today’s announcement is a major statement of Bristol Airport’s commitment to providing the connectivity which is vital in enabling the economies of the South West and South Wales to compete on a global stage.

It forms part of an overall strategy to enhance services and facilities for the region’s business passengers, including commencement of a £600,000 project to create a new, improved executive lounge in the terminal.

When we ran a recent survey of ‘most wanted’ routes, German destinations featured strongly in responses from the business community. As well as being an important financial centre, Frankfurt is a major global hub offering access to a huge range of onward connections. Hamburg is a key location for several major companies in the South West, such as Airbus and Imperial Tobacco.

Both new services will be warmly welcomed by the many businesses across the South West and South Wales with customers, suppliers or aspirations to trade in Germany and beyond.’

Bristol Temple Meads to Receive Electric Trains

The UK’s secretary of state for transport, Patrick McLoughlin, visited Bristol Temple Meads station in Bristol, UK, earlier this month, as it is to be part of an electrification project for the Great Western mainline.

Previously, the UK government had announced an investment of £9.4 billion in electrification, and £4 billion in new intercity trains.

The secretary of State said of the visit, ‘We are seeing phenomenal passenger growth in Bristol, where station usage is up 46 percent over the last 10 years, and across the country. This is why this Government is committed to a programme of continued investment in the railways. A huge amount of money is being spent on electrification. Bristol will be one of the first areas in the country where new electric trains – which are faster and more reliable – will be running.’

The work will be carried out by First Great Western, a UK based railway company, in collaboration with the Department for Transport.

Mark Hopwood, the managing director of First Great Western, said, ‘We are delighted to welcome the Secretary of State for Transport to this important part of our network.

The Government’s commitment to invest in the rail network and in new trains is an essential piece of the jigsaw in improving passenger journeys across our network.

I’m convinced IEP will deliver another revolution in passenger travel with the prospect of quicker journeys from 2017.’

Recently, the company cancelled the services on part of its network due to flooding. On advice from Network Rail, the company had cancelled certain services at some locations and was running trains at reduced speeds at other locations.

Survey Shows Brits are Worriers — Even When on Holiday

Britain is a nation of worriers, even when we are relaxing on our holidays, according to research carried out by YouGov for Bristol Airport.

Britain is a nation of worriers, even when we are relaxing on our holidays, according to research carried out by YouGov for Bristol Airport.

Only 15 per cent of those polled were worry-free when on holiday, whilst others admit to concerns over losing their passport or travel documents (44 per cent), lost or delayed luggage (43 per cent), missing flights (32 per cent) or their house being burgled (30 per cent).

Over one in ten (12 per cent) confessed to worrying about their car being broken into or stolen while away, with Yorkshire travellers (15 per cent) most anxious about their motors. By contrast, South West holidaymakers were less concerned about car crime, with only 7 per cent worrying about their car being broken into or stolen in their absence. South Westerners also worry less about lost luggage (33 per cent) than those in any other region.

More men (17 per cent) than women (13 per cent) are worry-free when on holiday, with women more likely to fret about their family or friends being taken ill (30 per cent compared to 23 per cent) or pets being ill or going missing (17 per cent compared to 11 per cent).

Simon Preece, Head of Retail at Bristol Airport, said:
“It is a shame that so many of us waste time worrying when we should be relaxing and enjoying our holidays. We can’t prevent people from worrying about their pets or their passports, but we can help give peace of mind to those concerned about car crime.

“Parking at Bristol Airport is safe, convenient and competitively priced. By booking online in advance, holidaymakers can save themselves some stress this summer.”