Bristol Airport announces improvements to departure lounge

Bristol Airport has announced a major project to redevelop the airside departure lounge, the work is expected to commence on 24th January and be completed in time for the Easter holidays. The £2.6 million project will create many new job opportunities and enhance the shopping and eating experience that passengers can make use of before boarding flights.

The improvements taking place will adapt the design of many retail units to provide passengers with a smoother and more easier shopping and eating experience, for example current retail unit WHSmith will expand its retail unit to incorporate a new technology brand selling many electronic products.

As well as retail a brand new award winning Mexican restaurant known as Tortilla will be opening, the airside bar will be relaunched along with Ritazza and Cabin bar will also be upgraded. Fashion retailer JD Sports, will also be upgrading and relocating its retail unit to a much larger space within the departure lounge offering a larger range of products.

The enhancements will also see global Foreign Exchange operator, Global Exchange Group launch operations at the airport.

Tom Hack, Head of Commercial at Bristol Airport, commented “This is an exciting project and opportunity for Bristol Airport and its customer facilities. The £2.6million investment in the enhancements of the commercial amenities shows a very clear sign of the confidence our commercial partners have in Bristol Airport and vice versa. The redevelopments will create dozens of new jobs to the local area as the airport sees a continued passenger growth since the Covid pandemic.

Our customers’ holidays start in our departure lounge, and it is very important for us to provide them with the best possible experience. We understand that our leisure and business customers have high expectations when travelling through Bristol Airport and we will continue to strive to meet their requirements. We are very confident that the investment and redevelopment in our departure lounge will provide a greater passenger experience as we offer new places to shop, eat, drink and relax before you fly.”