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Bristol International Airport has revealed expansion plans which it says will create 4,000 new jobs.

The airport has launched its plans on Wednesday which it said would generate more than £340 million a year, with passenger numbers through the airport growing to 10 million per year by 2017.

The phased expansion at Lulsgate will see a bigger terminal, covered walkways to the planes, a new multi-storey car park with a public transport interchange on top, as well as a hotel and office buildings.

New transport links to the airport will take place alongside the development, including improvements to the A38, a new fleet of buses on the Flyer service from Temple Meads, an extension to the Rapid Transit route from Ashton Vale, new bus services to Weston-super-Mare and Bath and a link route around south Bristol.

The airport itself is expecting to see an extra five or six flights per hour between 6am and 11pm.
It hopes to add several long-haul flights to its list of destinations - Cape Town, Singapore, Hong Kong, Atlanta and Chicago are being targeted

The plans were revealed at Lulsgate today by new chief executive Robert Sinclair.
He said: "This development will enable the airport to meet the growing demand for air travel to and from the South West. The new facilities will make the airport better for our passengers, allowing us to improve the service and range of flights available to local business and leisure travellers.”

"It will also help us attract tourists directly to the region, supporting the local economy. Airports remain vital to economic prosperity and quality of life in the regions they serve.”

"Environmental effects need to be balanced against these benefits - that's why we have carefully assessed the impacts of our proposals and brought forward a range of mitigation measures to be considered along with our development proposals.”

"We look forward to discussing these plans with local people and working with them to find a sustainable solution."

The airport has just opened a public consultation on the proposals, which will run until Friday March 6.

Hilary Burn, spokeswoman for Stop Bristol Airport Expansion, said: "The economic arguments for expansion at Bristol are extremely weak. Their figures for inbound tourism revenue do not stand up.”

"There is also no proof that expansion will provide any further benefit for local businesses who are increasingly exchanging travel for videoconferencing and other green solutions. Expansion at any airport, whether it be Heathrow or Bristol, makes a mockery of the Government's green credentials as supposed leaders on climate change.”

"We cannot keep growing airports and expect to make the massive cuts in carbon emissions that we need to safeguard our future."

The plans will go before North Somerset Council at the end of March, with a decision expected by May.

Work could then start at the end of this year.


link: http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/homepage ... ticle.html

There is an inter-active video embedded in the newspaper report to which this report is linked. What is shown is extremely impressive. However, this is just the beginning of a very long road and it is likely a public enquiry will feature.

It will also depend on the whim of the next government and, if it is a Conservative one, the path might be even rockier as the Tories have made their opposition known to aviation expansion in the UK, mainly because it was Labour’s idea of course.

However, if it did all come to pass Bristol would have a superb facility in around ten years' time.
 

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Airport plan 'would create jobs'

Up to 4,000 jobs could be created if expansion plans for Bristol International Airport (BIA) are approved, the firm running it claims.

The proposals include extending the terminal building and providing extra car parking and new aircraft stands.

The airport said there was room for most of the facilities on the existing site and that the scheme would inject more than £340m into the local economy.

But opponents said the economic arguments were "extremely weak".

Hilary Burn, spokeswoman for Stop Bristol Airport Expansion, said the airport's figures did not stand up.

"Expansion at any airport, whether it be Heathrow or Bristol, makes a mockery of the government's green credentials as supposed leaders on climate change.

BRISTOL AIRPORT FACTS

Bristol Lulsgate Airport was opened by Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent in 1957
Its name was changed to Bristol International Airport in March 1997
Bought by Macquarie Bank and Cintra for £198m from First Group Plc and Bristol City Council in 2001
Easyjet, Ryanair and Continental Airlines operate out of BIA

"We cannot keep growing airports and expect to make the massive cuts in carbon emissions that we need to safeguard our future."

But Robert Sinclair, chief executive officer for the airport, said the new facilities would improve services for passengers and help to increase the range of flights available.

"It will also help us attract tourists directly into the region, supporting the local economy," he said.

The expansion would enable the airport to handle 10 million passengers a year - at present it deals with about six million.

The airport said it would "carefully manage" the noise impact by encouraging airlines to operate quieter aircraft and by imposing penalties on those which exceed agreed limits.

The proposals, which are subject to a six-week consultation, will be put before North Somerset Council at the end of March, with a decision expected by May.

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I visited the expansion plans exhibition at the airport yesterday and there wasn't much more on display than the videos, maps and presentations shown on the airport's website, except everything at the exhibition was in larger format. I suppose I had expected a 3-D model or something equally exotic.

I had a chat with one of the consultants who is working on the project for the airport. I gleaned that there will be air bridges at BRS for the first time, with three of them connected to three stands capable of accommodating wide-bodied aircraft (they have the B787 in mind), albeit air bridge-connected stands will still be very much the minority.

The western walkway that was eventually granted general permitted development status last year after much controversy is not likely to see construction commence until the end of this year. The aim is to incorporate it into the major expansion plans in the future.

The consultant reckons the current terminal can handle around 7.5 million passengers per year, which is an increase of a million or so on the figure set out in the master plan of which the latest plans are a variant, although in detail rather than substance. He agreed with me that if the plans fail to gain planning consent the airport will effectively be capped at around 7.5mppa, although I suspect that in extremis they would manage to get it up to the 8 million mark.

So the current public consultation is a prelude to the fun and fireworks that will start when the planning applications are submitted in late spring/early summer. There is every chance they will be called in to public enquiry which will at least take the decision out of the hands of the 'difficult' local council but will extend the time scale considerably.

If the expansion as set out eventually becomes reality the airport will be a superb facility capable of handling 10 mppa easily, with plenty of room for growth after that.
 

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How is the pro Bristol airport lobby doing these days and have they managed to build up some momentum to get behind expansion and growth at the airport?
 

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BISON (airport support group) now has over 150 registered members. Doesn't sound a lot but it takes a lot for many people to make the effort. When the walkway general permitted development argument was before the North Somerset Council planning committee over a hundred letters/emails of support were forthcoming, mainly from BISON members.

The wider population in the Bristol region is significantly in favour of expansion. This week the local evening paper did a poll which came out around 70% in favour, very similar to previous polls from local papers and local television.

The antis not only include members of the local communities around the airport (again a significant minority of the whole) but also organisations such as Friends of the Earth, Protection For Rural England and the Parish Councils Association. They can drum up impressive support from way beyond the West Country.
Even with the walkway nonsense there were objections from many parts of the UK and as far away as Australia.

The local paper carried a story about Bristol's 12% fall in passengers numbers last month and, of course, this is a heaven-sent opportunity for opponents to say the airport doesn't need to be expanded as passenger numbers are falling.

My alter ego was forced to tell the paper that their report was shallow, misleading and entirely lacking in context. I pointed out passenger numbers in fact increased by nearly 6% in 2008 as a whole.

I hope the planning applications are called in for public enquiry. It will mean the process will take a lot longer but at least one of the economic generators of the city region will not be at the mercy of the elected representatives of the smallest authority in the region and one which has shown itself unable to approach the matter objectively.

It's ridiculous that the tiny North Somerset Council should be the sole arbiter re expansion of a regional airport simply because the airport happens to lie in its area.
 

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Massive airport redevelopment planned

THE £150million redevelopment of Bristol International Airport is set to create 4,000 jobs for people in the surrounding area.

Passengers would be able to fly to worldwide destinations including Hong Kong, Singapore, Chicago and Cape Town from the extended terminal.

A public transport hub will be included on top of a new multi-storey car park on the site of the existing car park.

Airport bosses will work with North Somerset Council bosses to improve road access to the site, while a hotel will also be included on site.

The terminal will be extended at both ends and walkways will be added to transfer passengers from the main building.

Chief executive Robert Sinclair said: "This development is vital to Bristol and the South West.

"The proposals will enhance the facilities right across the airport and this will significantly improve the passenger experience."

Mr Sinclair moved to allay fears that noise pollution will increase in the surrounding villages.

He told the Weston & Somerset Mercury: "Noise is clearly one of the key considerations which is going to be dealt with in the environmental impact study."

Mr Sinclair also emphasised the airport's green credentials and pointed to the renewable energy sources that are planned.

Airport bosses are aiming to lodge a planning application with the unitary authority in March and have a decision by the end of the summer.

A public consultation is underway and residents can view the expansion plans at the airport's administration building Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm.

Meanwhile, campaigners say claims made by Ryanair of its new routes from Bristol International Airport (BIA) are from the 'land of fantasy'.

The budget airline says its 12 new destinations passengers can reach from BIA will create 1,600 new jobs and a €180million boost to the economy.

But members of Stop Bristol Airport Expansion (SBAE) say the figures are exaggerated and the resulting increase in traffic and noise cannot be justified.

SBAE spokesman Jeremy Birch said: "The jobs figures come from the land of fantasy, the new planes will deliver at most 70 new Ryanair jobs and a few more in the airport as a whole.

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I have to say that the idea of regular flights to places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Cape Town and Chicago is bordering on the fanciful. In its original master plan, of which the latest plans are a variation in detail rather than substance, the airport said long haul scheduled routes from BRS have a limited demand and identified only four, viz, New York, Washington, Dubai and another US destination which they thought might be Atlanta.

Of the ones listed above I would have thought that only Chicago has a remotely decent chance of succeeding sometime in the forseeable future.

I have to agree with SBAE (never thought I would ever say that) about the exaggerated Ryanair claim over jobs and the boost to the economy. New jobs will be relatively few and the economy will benefit but nowhere near the extent that Ryanair claims.

I definitely do not agree with the SBAE assertion that the additional flights will generate unacceptable extra traffic and noise.
 

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Bristol airport expansion conflicts with green bid

Expansion justified by 20 per cent of energy coming from on-site renewables

Bristol's European green capital bid has been hit by the international airport's bid to increase passenger numbers from six to 10 million

Bristol's international airport is looking to increase its passenger numbers from six to 10 million as part of expansion plans to increase flight numbers, at the same time as it bids to become Europe's green capital.

Owners South West Airports Ltd have this week put development plans on show as part of a six week pre-application consultation process aimed at gathering views on the scheme.

Following consultation, the airport will submit a planning application to North Somerset Council for a range of improvements to the airport’s facilities and services. This will include proposals to extend the terminal building, provide additional car parking and create new aircraft stands, enabling the airport to handle 10 million passengers per annum from the six million who used the airport in 2008.

The proposed development will be designed to achieve a high standard of energy efficiency with at least 20 per cent of the predicted additional energy requirements coming from on site renewable sources, including wind power and biomass heat generation.

The completed scheme represents significant investment by Bristol International Airport, and studies estimate it will generate about 4,000 additional jobs in the South West and bring up to £343m into the region.

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol International Airport, said the development will enable the airport to meet the growing demand for air travel to and from the South West.

"The new facilities will make the airport better for our passengers, allowing us to improve the service and range of flights available to local business and leisure travellers. It will also help us attract tourists directly into the region, supporting the local economy," he said.

“Airports remain vital to economic prosperity and quality of life in the regions they serve. Environmental effects need to be balanced against these benefits – that’s why we have carefully assessed the impacts of our proposals and brought forward a range of mitigation measures to be considered along with our development proposals.”

The proposed development will be concentrated within existing operational areas, with the exception of a small area to the south which will be used for additional car parking.

Reducing the reliance on car journeys to and from the airport by passengers and staff is central to the development plans. As part of a commitment to encourage use of public transport, a public transport interchange will be sited on top of a new multi-storey car park and linked to the terminal by a covered pedestrian footbridge.

Bristol International says it will contribute to improvements to the local transport infrastructure, working with local authorities and the community to identify priorities. Bus services between the airport and Bath and Weston-super-Mare are also being considered.

The forecast increase in the number of people using the airport would generate, on average, an additional five to six arrival and departure flights per hour between 6am and 11pm. The airport’s noise impact will be carefully managed and controlled through a range of measures including encouraging airlines to operate quieter aircraft and imposing penalties on those which exceed agreed limits.

No relaxation of the current night-flying restrictions will be sought.

The consultation will run until 6th March - two weeks after the city of Bristol is hoping to be crowned Europe’s first green capital.

European Environment Commissioner, Stavros Dimas will announce the winners of the European Green Capital Award for 2010 and 2011 at a ceremony on February 23 in Brussels.

The European Commission's prestigious new award scheme aims to strengthen sustainable and integrated urban management across Europe.

Bristol was one of eight cities to have been shortlisted for the 2010 and 2011 awards, the others being Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Freiburg im Breisgau, Hamburg, Münster, Oslo and Stockholm.

In mid-January the competing cities presented their environmental achievements and their visions for taking on the role of European Green Capital to the evaluation panel. Based on these presentations and additional written information submitted by the candidates, the panel completed its assessment.

Each city was asked to provide information on ten indicator areas with regards to their present environmental status and results, what they were doing to improve the urban living conditions, their future initiatives and dissemination plans.

When the competition was launched last May, a total of 35 cities entered the bidding process.

“This shortlist of eight cities boasts the green front-runners among European cities. They all presented remarkable results and ideas,” said evaluation panel member J. Luis Bento Coelho, Associate Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal. “I was very impressed by their commitment and enthusiasm.”

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Out of interest, what are the night time flying restrictions?
 

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Bristol’s night-flying ability is curtailed by regulation, unlike some regional airports. For instance, I don’t believe there is any restriction at CWL which perhaps that airport should have taken more advantage of.

The night noise quota system at BRS is based on that at the main London airports. The restrictions specify a night period as 2300-0700 during which time the noisiest types of aircraft (most of which are now being phased out anyway) may not be scheduled to land or take off.

In the period 2330-0600 the night noise quota applies and aircraft movements are restricted accordingly. Individual aircraft count against the noise quota according to their quota count classification. In the winter season (Nov-March) the total quota count is 900 and for the rest of the year it is 1260. There is a system whereby up to 10% of an unused quota can be moved forward to the next period, or anticipated and ‘borrowed’ against repayment in the following period.

All sounds rather complicated and most of the quota is used up by the night mail flights, some charter flights and some easyJet and Ryanair operations.

Figures are only available up to the winter of 2005/2006.

They show that in the winter periods the airport has been easily able to operate within the quota of 900. In the winters from 96/97 to 05/06 the figures were respectively 447, 675, 765, 632, 435, 614, 444, 413, 426, 436.

Summer was a different matter and on several occasions in the past decade some unused bits of a winter quota were transferred to the summer to enable required flights to operate.

From 1997 to 2005 the summer figures were respectively 1124, 1351, 1294, 1239, 1230, 1150, 1378, 1288,1308.

In its master plan the airport debates various options from trying to increase the night quota to decreasing it, or closing at night altogether. It concludes the current system is probably the best way forward, given environmental considerations and the views of the local community.
 

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The link below leads to a virtual journey around the proposed expanded Bristol Airport.

You get an idea of the clever way the existing terminal is built into the side of a hill so that passengers enter the check-in areas on the ground floor, go upstairs to the departure lounge and then walk out to the aircraft still apparently on the ground floor.

Part of the proposed expansion includes the western walkway (to the western apron) which can be clearly seen in the video (a covered passageway above ground supported by piers) - this walkway has already been approved under general permitted development (after the local authority planning committee had egg on its face for initially saying it wasn't gpd against the advice of its own professional planners, and having to rescind its earlier decision) and will begin to be constructed this year.

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Row over council’s response to Bristol Airport plans

A political row has broken out over a council's response to plans for the expansion of Bristol Airport.

Opposition Liberal Democrats wanted to send airport bosses a firm message that Bath and North East Somerset Council was opposed to the expansion of the site, which is in neighbouring North Somerset. The ruling Conservatives have agreed only to ‘pass on concerns’ over the hub's proposals.

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Multi-million pound work begins at Bristol airport

WORK on the new two-storey multi-million pound walkway at Bristol International Airport (BIA) began yesterday (Wed).

The quarter-of -a -mile long stretch, which will include facilities for passengers with reduced mobility, will provide eight new areas for holidaymakers to wait before boarding.

The lead contracting company, Kier Western, aim to complete the build by March 2010.

Martyn Osborne of Kier Western said: "The new walkway at BIA will bring a number of significant benefits, including improved customer service as a result of minimising the use of buses to transfer passengers between aircraft and the terminal building."

North Somerset Council's south area committee also voted in favour of the walkway in November.

Currently half the airports passengers use the buses to ferry them from the waiting area to the plane.

The new walkway means that passengers will not have to rely on the buses as much.

BIA's head of development, Andrew Goodenough, said: "The western walkway will provide an improved experience for customers using the airport, providing direct covered access between aircraft and the terminal."

The walkway has been the subject of controversy for years and members of Stop Bristol Airport Expansion are heavily against it.

The group's spokesman Jeremy Birch said: "Bristol airport bosses were granted 'permitted development' on the basis that the walkway would not increase passenger capacity. "However, once permission to build was received, they announced they would be able to increase to about eight million passengers per year.

"This number of passengers will seriously impact on North Somerset's roads and quality of life for local communities - Bristol airport has no need for further expansion plans."

The airport will soon submit a planning application for the development and enhancement of the airport to North Somerset Council.

Proposals include extensions to the existing terminal building and an eastern walkway to create further 'contact' stands and reduce the use of buses to transport passengers between aircraft and the terminal building.

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Probably 6-8 stands but I'm not sure.

The western apron has marked stands for around 17 aircraft, although not all can be used at once and some are capable of taking only the smaller turbo props.

The eventual idea is to have nearly all airport stands (eastern and western aprons) aligned nose in to the extended terminal and accessed directly (some via air bridges, of which at the moment BRS is spectacularly bereft), with the western walkway part of that initiative. Quite how many stands the western apron on its own will access I'm not certain but 6-8 minimum is probably a fair guess.

At the moment only five of the approximately 30 stands on the combined aprons (cannot be more specific because of the re-positioning of some stands) are walkable and they are all on the eastern apron. All the other stands need bus access which makes me question the statement in the report that currently half the airport's passengers need bus transfer to aircraft; I think it is a larger percentage than that.

It seems that at long last (three and a half years behind the original timescale) the major expansion planning applications are finally to be submitted.

That is when the proverbial will hit the proverbial with the massed ranks of objectors - many have never been to the West of England, let alone to Bristol Airport - baying to be let loose. It seems to be generally accepted that this airport faces the best organised, the best funded and the best connected body of objectors of any regional airport in the country.

I remember the Gruniad purring with expectancy when it did an article on them a few months ago.

Don't think I'm a Guardian reader though - I read it on a web aviation news reports digest that I often visit.
 

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Bristol Airport submits £150 million expansion plan

Airport bosses are hoping long-awaited £150 million plans for expansion will signal a new dawn for the region's economy.

Bristol International Airport lodged a formal planning application with North Somerset Council on Tuesday.
And though the economic downturn could delay some parts of the construction by up to four years, the airport is pressing ahead with its controversial expansion plans.

Chief executive Robert Sinclair said: "A successful airport is critical to the future prospects of the South West, providing employment, economic benefits, connections for business and a gateway for inbound tourists visiting the region.

"Delaying or doing nothing risks putting the region to the back of the queue for inward investment and providing a poor service to passengers flying out of the airport and visitors arriving in the region."

The aviation industry is suffering from massive turbulence, with falling passenger numbers, predicted global losses of $9 billion in 2009, British Airways asking its 40,000 staff to work for nothing one month per year and bombastic Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary predicting a 'bloodbath' among cash-strapped airlines.

Nevertheless the airport says it is confident there is long-term demand for more flights from Bristol.
It expects to be handling 10 million passengers per year by 2019, up from the current six million.
Pre-recession forecasts did though see it reaching the 10 million milestone by 2015.

It says the environmental effects of increased flights will be mitigated by a range of factors, including the introduction of quieter and more fuel efficient aircraft.

Tangible environmental commitments from the airport include establishing an Airport Environmental Improvement Fund to which it will contribute £100,000 per year.

It has also said it will help fund transport improvements in and around the airport to the tune of £9 million.
This includes £1 million for local road improvements focused on the A38, £5 million for a public transport interchange next to the new terminal and a £3 million contribution to schemes such as the proposed Rapid Transit service to Bristol city centre.

It also wants to increase the number of passengers arriving at the airport by public transport from 10 per cent to 15 per cent.

The physical development of the airport, if permission is granted, will see the existing terminal double in size.

A new public transport interchange will sit on top of a multi-storey car park, with covered pedestrian access linking both to the terminal.

Walkways and air bridges will provide direct access to aircraft, reducing the need for passengers to use buses to board and disembark flights.

The airport claims the plans will create 3,500 jobs across the region and is worth between £1.9 and £2 billion to the south west over the next 10 years.

These figures though are disputed by campaigners fighting against the airport's expansion.
Stop Bristol Airport Expansion spokesman Jeremy Birch said: "We believe that these plans for expansion are reckless and unnecessary.

"With the extra capacity given by the walkway, there is no need for major expansion at the airport.
"A six week public consultation begins this week on the airport's plans. It's absolutely crucial that the public respond to express their concerns."

However airport bosses say the airport already suffers from significant congestion at peak periods and despite the current downturn it expects this summer to be its busiest ever.

It says security search, passport control and car parks are operating close to capacity.

Mr Sinclair added: "By improving facilities here in the South West we can offer a real alternative to the five million passengers from this region currently making time-consuming and expensive journeys by road or rail to fly from Heathrow and other airports in the South East.

"There is also an opportunity to increase the number of overseas visitors flying into Bristol International, increasing money spent at local hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions."

A six-week consultation will open once North Somerset formally registers the application and then later this summer


link: http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/clevedo ... ticle.html

So the planning applications for the major expansion have finally been submitted - over three years later than the original timescale set out.

The outcome is likely to take three or four years to finalisation, with the local authority (North Somerset Council) almost certainly not having the final say. It's likely the whole thing wil be called in for public enquiry.

Even if it is not appeals and legal challenges are likely to feature which will all serve to delay matters.

It's probably a blessing in disguise for the airport in some ways that growth has stopped for the time being. Had it continued at anything like the rate of the past few years the terminal would be passenger-logged long before any planning applications were determined, let alone any expansion actually built.

Lawyers and planning consultants are going to make a killing out of all this.

Interested watchers on the sidelines will also be the managements of Exeter and Cardiff airports. If the Bristol applications are eventually thrown out there could be some extra business going their way in the years ahead.
 

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Three or four years for an outcome? That's ridiculous. My hatrid towards councils is becoming stronger by the minute. :nea:
 

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[textarea]Retail Concessions awarded to WDF

Bristol International Airport is delighted to announce that, following a competitive tender, WDF has been selected to operate the new tax and duty free concession and a specialist store at the airport.

The new contract, subject to Autogrill board approval, will be effective from 1 November 2009. WDF will develop two new stores with the tax and duty free store operating under the World Duty Free fascia and the specialist store operating under the Collection fascia. The stores in their new format will start trading in Spring 2010.

The stores will reflect the latest proposition developed for WDF’s travel retail brands, including the commitment to deliver the best shopping experience, along with exceptional value and choice across all product categories.

WDF’s extensive experience of the UK Tax and Duty Free market is unrivalled. The company operates tax and duty free stores in 21 UK airports (including Heathrow’s T5, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester), serving over 200 million passengers every year through its 80 stores. Whilst WDF has real scale of operation, the individuality of stores and their locations is a key consideration and influences every new store development. WDF works in close partnership with its landlords to develop tailor made retail offers that meet their commercial needs and deliver the appropriate retail environment and product range for its customers.

The World Duty Free store at Bristol International Airport incorporates a stunning ‘walkthrough’ design which leads customers into an exciting and engagjng retail space.

The store will be 40 per cent larger than the current concession, with 10,000 square feet of retail space. Local products will be showcased as part of a strategy to promote the ‘Best from the West’, capitalising on the region’s reputation for quality food and drink and supporting local businesses. Potential featured brands include Gaymers Cider, and wines from Lyme Bay and Chapel Down vineyards.

The specialist concession will retail luxury accessories including handbags, sunglasses, jewellery and watches and will also create new job opportunities for the area.

Click here to view a short video previewing the look and feel of the new stores.[/textarea]

link: http://www.bristolairport.co.uk/news_an ... 20WDF.aspx

I hope that they don't take yet more space from an already overcrowded terminal for yet more retail outlets.
 

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As far as I know the company has just basically taken over the Alpha Duty Free company. World Duty Free has just moved in to LBA as well. It's probably just a re-branding of the shop more than anything else.
 

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I know the airport put the contract out to tender and WDF won it, possibly Alpha in another guise as you point out.

What concerns me though is that the new facility will be 40% bigger than the current one and that's big enough in my opinion.

Bristol knows it is chronically short of room in its departure areas yet has doggedly taken more and more space for retail outlets previously the preserve of passengers waiting for their flights.

With the Bristol City Council now opposed to further airport expansion the North Somerset Council planning councillors (where the airport is located) have been given the green light to reject the planning applications (they don't need much encouragement anyway) which will lead to an appeal by the airport, a planning enquiry and probably two or three years wasted while, if the economy improves, the airport becomes more and more crowded.

Rant now over...........................
 

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