Arrive for flight check-in two hours in advance, Bristol airport urges

Passengers using Bristol airport are being advised to arrive early for Easter flights as it prepares for the busiest period since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago.

More than 300,000 passengers are planning to use the airport over the Easter holiday period between April 9-24.

Easter is expected to be the busiest period since the start of the Covid crisis with customers planning on going on holidays, city breaks or to meet up with friends and family.

Sun destinations and city trips are due to be the most popular choices with the top destinations including Malaga, Alicante, Faro and Majorca.

Last week also saw a return of the first long-haul destination in two years with Tui reintroducing flights to Cancun in Mexico from Bristol.

The airport said: “During the busy Easter period, customers are strongly recommended to arrive early at the airport and allow extra time for check-in and to go through the security process.

“Passengers are also advised to check with their airline and to arrive at least a minimum of two hours prior to their scheduled departure time.

“With the airport still recovering from the impact of the past two years, customers are being advised that the terminal will be busier than usual and to prepare in advance for check-in and security.

“This anticipated busy period comes just weeks after Covid-19 travel restrictions for the UK and Europe were relaxed.”

Chief operating officer Graeme Gamble said: “Following the end of all Covid-19 travel measures, we are anticipating a strong increase in passenger numbers over the Easter period.

“We know there is a huge pent-up demand for travel which has built up over the past two years during the pandemic. The increase in passenger numbers this Easter demonstrates the continued customer confidence in travelling abroad.

“Whilst recruiting new colleagues for the airport can take time, the Bristol airport team and business partners will be working hard to ensure all customers have a smooth and easy journey through our terminal.

“We strongly advise for all customers to arrive at check-in at least a minimum of two hours prior to their scheduled departure time.

“The airport has been working hard over the winter season to prepare for the spring and summer season with various ongoing development projects in the terminal which are due to be completed over the coming weeks and months.

“The work includes a £2.6 million investment in the enhancements of the commercial amenities in the departure lounge to provide a greater experience for customers before boarding their flights.”

Bristol airport recommends all passengers to prepare before arriving at security. This includes:

  • Have your boarding card ready
  • Remove laptop computers and other large electrical devices
  • Place liquids in separate liquids bags
  • Empty your pockets into the trays provided
  • Take off your jacket and/or coat

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