KennyK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 482 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2100 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
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?
PM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6812 posts, RR: 65 Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1932 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.)
PM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6812 posts, RR: 65 Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1897 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.
AirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1818 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?