Bristol Airport: Advice issued to passengers as site prepares for ‘busiest Christmas’ since Covid pandemic hit

Bristol Airport is expecting its busiest Christmas in two years - find out what the busiest day for travel will be along with most popular destinations
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Bristol Airport has issued advice to passengers as it prepares for its busiest Christmas post-Covid. Around 350,000 people are expected to travel through the airport this festive season between December 16 and January 3.

One of the busiest days will fall on Boxing Day (Monday, December 26) when approximately 20,000 passengers will fly in and out of Bristol. During the lead up to Christmas, Lapland flights have proved especially popular for families, along with a wide range of European destinations.

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The top destinations for customers throughout Christmas 2022 include Dublin, Amsterdam and Geneva. Bristol Airport will also see its largest ever ski programme this winter with a new series of flights to Toulouse with Crystal Ski and TUI.

A spokesperson for Bristol Airport said: “During the busy Christmas holiday period passengers are advised to allow extra journey time to the Airport and to arrive at check-in at least a minimum of two hours prior to scheduled departure time.”

Passengers travelling with presents are being advised to keep them unwrapped and check with the airline if wanting to take Christmas crackers away, as many airlines refuse to carry crackers on board the aircraft.

Bristol Airport’s busiest Christmas in two years comes after the site struggled to cope with demand in 2022, as Covid restrictions and fears were lifted. Long queues have been pictured at security throughout the year, with long waits for baggage collection often reported.

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The situation seems to be improving, with the airport recently announcing a £4m revamp of its departure lounge. The project includes a new bar, restaurant and a Boots store, along with a redesign of some units.

Tom Hack, head of commercial at Bristol Airport, said it was an “exciting period” for the site. He added that the airport saw the “fastest customer recovery” of any UK airport in 2022, saying it demonstrated “continued customer confidence in travelling.”

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