Location Map of Bristol Airport
Bristol International Airport is located 8 miles south of the city centre at Lulsgate in North Somerset
The commercial airport serves both domestic and international routes.
The original airport, opened in 1930, was built on farmland at Whitchurch, closer to Bristol. During World War II Whitchurch Airport was requisitioned by the Air Ministry and had the distinction of being the only civil airport in the UK to be in operation during the conflict. Following the war the Whitchurch site was considered to be too limited.
In 1956 a former RAF airfield, Lulsgate Bottom, was purchased and the new Bristol Airport, constructed on the Lulsgate Plateau, was opened in 1957.
Since then the regional airport has gradually grown steadily, with a new terminal building opened in 2000. Bristol Airport boasts a signficant number of scheduled and chartered services and is one of Easyjet's hub airports.
More than 4.5 million passengers fly to over 90 destinations from Bristol Airport each year. Controversial expansion plans, including a longer runway and extended terminal, would increase passenger numbers to 12 million by 2030.