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Bristol Airport Parking

You can save a great deal on parking at Bristol Airport by pre-booking with Purple Parking. We can arrange on-airport parking at a reasonable and competitive price with our parking partners Bristol Silverzone, Bristol Silverzone Saver, Bristol Airport Long Stay and Bristol Airport Meet & Greet

All of these car parks are on-site and are operated by Bristol Airport Parking. The Meet & Greet service offers secure parking and the convenience of dropping your car off close to the terminal building.

Bristol Silverzone; Bristol Silverzone Saver and Bristol Airport Long Stay each provide a Park & Ride service which offer secure parking and frequent courtesy transfers to and from the terminal building which take less than 5 minutes.

Bristol Airport is situated 8 miles south of Bristol city centre and is easily accessible by car. The airport can be found on the A38 which can be accessed from the M5 MOTORWAY. From the south, exit at Junction 22 and take the A38 northwards towards Bristol and Bristol Airport. From the north, exit at Junction 18 and take the A4 towards Bristol before connecting with the A38 southbound to Bristol Airport.

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Parking Services at Bristol Airport

At Bristol Airport, Purple Parking offers Meet & Greet services operated by:

With the Meet & Greet service, just drive yourself to Bristol Airport where you will be met by a chauffeur from Bristol Airport Meet & Greet. The chauffeur will collect your vehicle and take it to a secure car park at Bristol Airport, where it will stay for the duration of your trip. When you return, call the car park as soon as possible after landing and a chauffeur will be waiting to hand your vehicle back to you once you have cleared the airport terminal.

We also offer Park and Ride services operated by:

With Park & Ride, simply drive yourself to your chosen car park, all of which are located at Bristol Airport. Once you have checked in, load your luggage on to the courtesy transfer bus, then sit back and relax whilst you are driven to the airport terminal. On your return, a courtesy bus will take you straight back to the car park and your car which will be ready for you to collect.

Facilities at Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has one terminal that has a ground floor, first floor and Mezzanine Level. The upper levels offer passengers a departure lounge containing a reasonable range of retail and catering. Arriving passengers needs are catered for with visitor information; and currency exchange available in the arrivals area. Car Hire desks can be found on site at the short stay car park.

Bristol Airport has two exclusive Business Lounges. They can both be found on the Mezzanine level of the terminal. They are open for both business and leisure passengers. Passengers can enjoy business facilities such as fax; e-mail; and Internet access as well as complimentary drinks and snacks in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

The nearest station to Bristol Airport is Bristol Temple Meads. The Bristol Flyer Express coach service connects travellers to the airport every 15 minutes at peak times.

National Express coach services operate long distance coach services from destinations all over the UK to Bristol Bus Station where passengers can connect to the Bristol Flyer Express. National Express’s London to Penzance overnight service 404/406 now stops at Bristol Airport. It stops outside the terminal each night at 02:15 and 02:30 each day.

From Weston-super-Mare, First runs an hourly bus service to Bristol Airport, calling at various local stops along the way. Service 121 runs every hour from 09.32 to 16.32 Monday to Saturday. On Sundays and Bank Holidays, service 821 runs every two hours between 09.07 and 17.07.

About Bristol Airport

Simply the best prices for the best service in airport parking. Bristol Airport is the second fastest growing airport in the UK, providing flights to over 80 direct destinations.

Approximately 4.6 million passengers pass through the airport every year. Bristol Airport is located 8 miles south of Bristol City Centre. Further expansion will be necessary as it has been estimated that the airport could expect to handle around 12 million passengers by 2030.


The History of Bristol Airport

It was in 1927 when the airport had its first beginnings when a group of local businessmen raised £6,000 in public subscriptions to launch a flying club at Filton Aerodrome, which would later become the birthplace of Concorde. These men received so much interest in their idea that they became more ambitious and decided to draw up plans for a fully-fledged airport for Bristol. With this in mind, an area of farmland at Whitechurch was purchased and it was here that the airport began in 1929.

It was officially opened by HRH Prince George in 1930 and at this time Bristol was only the third civil airport in the country. The site developed slowly with passenger numbers of 935 at the outset increasing to 4,000 by 1939. When war was declared the airport was requisitioned by the Air Ministry and for the duration of the conflict was the only civil airport in operation in the UK. Flights were operated to Lisbon with links to the United States via the Azores. There are no records of which luminaries used the airport during this time but Amy Johnson and Winston Churchill certainly passed through.

Once the war ended, it was considered that Whitechurch could not be developed as it was not possible to extend the runway and it seemed that Bristol would lose its airport but the city campaigned fiercely and in 1955 Lulsgate Bottom Airfield, which was a disused RAF airfield, which had been developed as a Fighter Command base was bought for £55,000 by the Bristol Corporation. It was then announced that the new aerodrome would be known as "Bristol (Lulsgate) Airport".

In 1957 The Duchess of Kent, whose late husband had previously opened Whitechurch Airport, duly opened the new airport and in the first year of operation Bristol (Lulsgate) Airport handled 33,000 passengers and 608,000 kilos of freight.

In 1963 the runway was lengthened and two years latter extensions were made to the terminal building. Further development took place in 1968 with the construction of a new 5,000 square foot transit shed and many freight agents began to establish their operations at the airport.

By 1980, with the increase in the Inclusive Tour charter market Bristol's financial standing gradually improved and had seventeen tour operations offering flights from the West Country. Over the next five years there were further improvements made to the facilities at the airport including the installation of an Instrument Landing System, the refurbishment of the terminal building, an extended aircraft-parking apron and a new fire station.

By 1988 approximately 100,000 scheduled service passengers passed through the airport for the first time and in this year HRH the Princess Royal opened the newly refurbished and extended check-in concourse.

Record passenger numbers continued and more destinations became available from the airport, which resulted in a million passengers using the airport during the 1992/1993 period.

In 1996 Bristol Airport was sold by Bristol City Council and a new terminal was proposed to cope with the expansion of the airport. It was relaunched as Bristol International in March 1997 and was purchased in part by FirstGroup. FirstGroup invested £32 million in the development of the airport and the New Terminal was opened in March 2000 by HRH the Princess Royal, designed to cope with 3.5 million passengers. The old terminal building was closed and converted into offices. Also in the year 2000 the first direct transatlantic flight in many years flew out of Bristol Airport, operating to Toronto by Royal Airlines.

Macquarie & Cintra bought the Airport in January 2001 for £198 million and in the March Go announced that it was to make Bristol International its second UK base.

By February of the following year Bristol International was officially the fastest growing airport in the UK and in August it was proud to announce that it had handled 3 million passengers in a twelve month period for the first time. Over the next year the passenger numbers increased to 3.8 million with many new UK and European routes commencing. In 2004 Bristol International was awarded the OAG Worldwide Marketing Award and nominated in Travel Weekly's category of 'Best UK Airport 2004'.

Bristol International was rebranded Bristol Airport in March 2010.