Bristol Airport hosted a group of business and leisure agents visiting Dubai for a four-day visit (10–13 May). In collaboration with KLM, the group experienced Bristol Airport’s facilities, the inflight product, the ease of connecting through Amsterdam hub airport and showcasing Dubai as a destination available from Bristol Airport.
In the last month, KLM added 10,000 additional seats between Bristol and Amsterdam for this summer, commencing from Monday 24 June.
The extra capacity will be provided by upgrading the aircraft operating on the weekday service to a Boeing 737 aircraft, providing an additional 32 seats per flight. KLM currently operates four daily flights to Amsterdam from Bristol where passengers are able to take advantage of 162 KLM destinations worldwide.
Dan Mills, Business Development and Corporate Relationship Manager at Bristol Airport, said: “It was a wonderful opportunity to show our business and leisure agents the ease of using Amsterdam airport to connect to other long-haul destinations.
“We were guests of Dubai Tourist Board and they provided a range of activities highlighting the best Dubai has to offer, including a desert safari, visit to souks and the Burgh Khalifa experience with the opportunity of soaking up the exotic and cultural atmosphere of the area. It was a great opportunity to showcase the facilities at Bristol Airport and the vital role it plays in the region for passengers choosing to fly-local and not drive to use London airports.”
In 2019 Bristol Airport is investing over £60m in customer enhancements and development projects to include car parks, terminal, catering and airline facilities. Plans are already well progressed for further growth in 2019 and beyond, building on a successful 2018 which saw 8.6 million passengers use the Airport. The success of the airport is clearly linked to the strong economy in the South West region supporting business, inbound tourism and leisure markets.
Forecast to serve more than nine million passengers 2019, Bristol is the ninth busiest airport in the UK, and England’s third largest regional airport operating to 126 direct routes globally.