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User currently offlineKennyK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 482 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2400 times:

Not being a resident in South West England I only get to see snap-shots of BRSs activity every few years. But WOW, last time I sat and over looked the airport was 5 years ago, at best 4 or 5 aircraft to see, a few DHC8s in BA colours, a Ryanair 737 and the odd A320 charter. Passenger numbers in the order of 2 million in 2000.

Last week, in the space of 15 minutes I saw 8 movements, 2 Air Southwest DHC-8s, 2 FlyBE DHC-8s, 2 easyjet 737s, a First Choice A320 and a BA ERJ-145. At best there were 13 airliners on the ramp/runway. I see daily 757 Continental flights to New York started 2 days ago and passenger numbers are expected to top 5 million for this year.

Is this a record for expansion of a British airport?, if so keep it up  Smile

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User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6895 posts, RR: 63
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2301 times:

It's a great little airport too. I flew in and out several times in the mid-late 90s and the old airport was awful. Then (in 1999?) the new terminal opened and it was a vast improvement. Good on them!

User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

Quoting KennyK (Thread starter):
Is this a record for expansion of a British airport?

I think Newcastle had the biggest expansion last year, but I don't know about the last 5 years. It really is great that there is so much service, mostly at reasonable prices. Take BA 10 years ago on the BRS-GLA route - £300 was typical fare as they had a monopoly on the route and could charge what they liked. Now easyJet compete directly (often with similar departure times) and the fares are now often around £60 for both airlines.

Is EWR now the farthest destination? Maybe one of the charters to the Canaries?

Geoff M.


User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2237 times:

Very nice to see Bristol growing... i lived near Bristol ( Taunton) and i really like that small cutie airport with its special weather....

Nice to see it that way...

Cheers



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User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6895 posts, RR: 63
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2232 times:

Quoting Jush (Reply 3):
Very nice to see Bristol growing... i lived near Bristol ( Taunton) and i really like that small cutie airport

Yep, I lived in Bath and I really appreciated being able to fly into Europe (AMS and BRU) without having to drive to LHR. (I should perhaps explain that I flew on KLM CityHopper and DAT/Sabena before the days of EasyJet. No doubt there are many more European routes now.)


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19220 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

BRS is only 1.5 hours from where my family live (and where I was born and raised) so it is convenient. EXT is, however, even more convenient, at about 1 hour from where they live.

BRS' terminal is nice, easy to navigate, etc.



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User currently offlineRedDragon From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1135 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2209 times:

Quoting Geoffm (Reply 2):
Is EWR now the farthest destination? Maybe one of the charters to the Canaries?

BRS-EWR is getting on for twice the distance of any Canaries flights, so there's no question there.

Rich


User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

Quoting Geoffm (Reply 2):
Is EWR now the farthest destination? Maybe one of the charters to the Canaries?

The Canaries are only about 1/2 of the distance to EWR! So yes, I'd say that EWR is the farthest destination...


User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6895 posts, RR: 63
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2197 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 5):
BRS is only 1.5 hours from where my family live (and where I was born and raised) so it is convenient. EXT is, however, even more convenient, at about 1 hour from where they live.

My God! You're Paddy Ashdown!


User currently offlineFinkenwerder From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2151 times:

Yes I used to live in Bristol and have flown out many times from the new Terminal and it is great. If only some other smaller airports could develop in the same way.

It's quite a challenge for some aircraft as the 6500ft Rw doesn't give a huge Acellerate/ Stop distance


User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

Yes i wish my local airport at Cardiff would grow like Bristol - too close to Bristol is a bit of a problem. Hopefully the new Zoom flights to Canada out of CWL will help other airlines to decide to come in?

User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

Quoting Star_world (Reply 7):
Quoting Geoffm (Reply 2):
Is EWR now the farthest destination? Maybe one of the charters to the Canaries?

The Canaries are only about 1/2 of the distance to EWR! So yes, I'd say that EWR is the farthest destination...

Doh, I didn't finish the sentence! Should have read:
Is EWR now the farthest destination? Maybe one of the charters to the Canaries is next?

Excuse: hangover

Geoff M.


User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2018 times:

Quoting Geoffm (Reply 11):
Excuse: hangover

Know the feeling - best excuse on a Sunday morning!  Smile


User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

I flew to/from BRS last month and I liked the airport, it's quite small for the number fo flights/pax that go through at the moment, but no doubt they will expand.

User currently offlineBwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

Rumours in the crew room at Astraeus are that we'll be continuing our successful Banjul charters this Winter (much longer than the Canaries!!) and adding a weekly flight to Taba in Egypt.

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