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MAKE YOUR DAY – by flying from Bristol Airport!

Bristol Airport – one of the oldest civil airports in the country – is going from strength to strength, with several new routes being announced this Summer by a number of airlines. But what does the airport have in common with Dirty Harry actor and former Mayor of Carmel, Clint Eastwood?

Approximately 8.7 million passengers use the North Somerset airport annually and this is expected to grow to 10 million by 2021 and 12 million within a further five years.

This growth is expected to be driven by the increasing number of destinations served by Bristol Airport. The increase in passenger numbers will mean a corresponding rise in the number of aircraft movements to 97,393 per annum, an increase of just over 23,800 on the 2017 numbers.

As well as connecting businesses to new markets, Bristol Airport is also a major local employer. Just under 4,000 people currently work on the airport site. This is expected to rise by more than 1,000 by the time the airport is handling 12 million passengers a year.

Development is forecast to generate additional benefits of £1.4 billion to the regional economy over the next decade. Connectivity provided by flights to and from Bristol also helps friends and families stay in touch and enables local people to enjoy different cultures, climates and experiences. 

A number of airlines have announced new services to and from Bristol Airport. These include:

  • Ryanair – the Irish ow-cost carrier has announced a new, weekly route between Bristol and Grenoble, commencing January 2020
  • easyJet – the low-cost carrier headquartered at Luton will launch a new route from Bristol to Hurghada from 30 October 2019
  • easyJet has launched routes from Bristol to Milan, Biarritz, Brindisi, Montpellier and Rhodes this Summer
  • easyJet has also increased its services from Bristol to Lyon, to run all-year round, from this Summer
  • KLM – the Dutch airline has added 10,000 seats per year between Bristol and Amsterdam, commencing last month, offering connections to 162 cities across the world
  • Brussels Airlines – the Belgian airline will connect Bristol with Brussels twelve times a week, from 1 September 2019

As well as increasing passenger numbers and routes, Bristol Airport has worked with North Somerset Council to ensure access to the airport is improved. The council has worked to surface-dress a six-kilometre stretch of the busy A38, between the South Bristol Link Road and the junction with Downside Road.

Bristol Airport is fast becoming an airport of choice for businesses in the South West of England. With its connections improving and choice of routes increasing, it is easy to see why passenger numbers are increasing from the airport.

But Bristol Airport isn’t just relying on improving its impact on the economy of the South West of England. It’s also ensuring its environmental impact is managed and improved too. The airport has published a carbon roadmap setting out how it will achieve its ambition to be a net zero airport and accelerating efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.

Included in its targets are:

  • Carbon neutral target fast-tracked to 2025
  • Carbon levy to offset all road journeys
  • Flights to fall under international agreement to keep emissions at 2020 levels

Paul Baker, Sales Director of Global Travel Management said,

Bristol Airport is a success story for businesses in the South West of England. That’s why airlines like KLM, Brussels Airlines, easyJet and Ryanair are increasing their routes and capacity from Bristol. The airport was awarded “Highly Commended” in the ACI Europe Best Awards scheme this month. This is a confirmation of the work Bristol Airport is undertaking to serve the businesses and passengers of the region.

Every scheduled airline flying to and from Bristol Airport is available to book within Global Travel Management’s system. So we are very pleased to be able to offer flight, accommodation and other travel services for all businesses needing to make use of Bristol Airport. We congratulate them and are happy to help play our part in the airport’s future success.

So, what has Bristol Airport got to do with Clint Eastwood? They are exactly the same age – Bristol Airport was officially opened by HRH Prince George on 31 May 1930, the day Clint Eastwood was born.

Contact your GTM Account Manager next time you need to fly to or from Bristol Airport.

RyanAir – 07-08 Nov: Important Customer Information – Reservation System Upgrade

 

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Due to an essential reservation system upgrade the below services on www.ryanair.com and app will be unavailable on the 07th November 2018 17.00 (GMT) to 08th November 05:00 (GMT). Ryanair strongly recommends that customers travelling on Wednesday 07th November and Thursday 08th November ensure that they have checked in online and printed their boarding passes by Tuesday 06th November 2018.

Online Check-in – Not available from 17.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 07th November 2018 until 05:00 (GMT) on Thursday 08th November 2018.

Customers should check-in online before or after the above closure times. Online check-in is available up to 2 hours prior to the flight departure time (except during the closure period).

New Bookings cannot be made on Ryanair.com/Ryanair App between 17.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 07th November 2018 until 05:00 (GMT) on Thursday 08th November 2018.

Flight Changes (date/time/route) / name changes cannot be made between 17.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 07th November 2018 until 05:00 (GMT) on Thursday 08th November 2018.

Review Existing Booking – This service is unavailable between 17.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 07th November 2018 until 05:00 (GMT) on Thursday 08th November 2018.

Airport Check In /Bag Drop – The Airport Check In/Bag Drop desks open two hours prior to the scheduled departure and early check-in of baggage is highly recommended. The Bag Drop desks close strictly 40 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.

All passengers travelling with checked baggage are recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before their scheduled flight departure time.
Please contact your GTM Account Manager or Team for further information.

Ryanair releases list of all cancelled flights through 28 October

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Ryanair has released a list of upcoming flight cancellations over the next six weeks.

The list, published on the airline’s website, reports that the cancellations will occur between 19 September and 28 October, and are expected to effect some 50 flights per day.

All Ryanair flights booked by GTM are being checked and monitored and travellers will be advised of any amendments.

Passengers can view the list at: www.ryanair.com/gb/en/useful-info/help-centre/travel-updates/flight-cancellations7

Ryanair to increase hold bag charges.

The no-frills airline Ryanair, plans to continue increasing the fees it charges customers for placing luggage into the hold of its aircraft.

Travellers on the budget airline currently pay anything from £25 to £160 for a hold bag on a one-way flight.  However, Ryanair’s CEO, Michael O’Leary, intends to up the price of checked bags still further, saying he plans to halve the 20 per cent of passengers who currently place their luggage into the hold.

Around 80 per cent of Ryanair passengers checked baggage into the hold before the airline first introduced a fee to do so.  O’Leary said: “I would be disappointed if we don’t get our figure down from around 20 per cent to 10 per cent.”   However, he added: “We will never get rid of [hold] bags.”

O’Leary also suggested that more airlines will start charging for cabin bags and follow the lead of Wizz Air which began charging for larger cabin bags in 2012.

Brian McFadden Versus Ryanair!

Tales of woe involving passengers on Ryanair have become familiar over the years. Nonetheless, it is good to be reminded of the fairly harsh financial penalties which the airline imposes on it’s customers who forget to print out their boarding passes and the like.

Former Westlife star Brian McFadden has Tweeted about his recent experience when flying with Ryanair…and he wasn’t impressed. McFadden forgot to print out his boarding pass and was charged £70 by the airline for doing so. He was also charged £80 for going 4 kilos over weight with his golf bag!

Instead of paying up the singer-songwriter chose to take the train instead. Ryanair hit back with the following comments from their spokeman Robin Kiely “We’re surprised that Mr McFadden, having agreed to print his boarding card, couldn’t manage this super-complex task, which is accomplished daily by over 80 million passengers annually.” Ouch!

So don’t forget your baording pass if flying with Ryanair.