Bristol Airport expansion: new passenger lounges this summer


Bristol Airport has announced its intentions to create two new passenger lounges. 

Bristol Airport expansion
Bristol Airport expansion

The news follows a High Court ruling in February granting the airport permission for a major expansion. 

The new Escape Lounge and 1903 Lounge will be operated by CAVU, an airport solutions provider founded by MAG (Manchester Airports Group). 

Both lounges will be installed on the mezzanine floor of the departure terminal and should be available for prebooking by summer. 

In addition to more space, group areas and facilities, Escape and 1903 will also offer refreshments as part of a “premium pre-flight experience”.  

The launch of both lounges will be followed by a period of refurbishment in winter. 

Wider expansion 

Bristol Airport wants to increase passenger capacity from 10 million to 12 million.    

Plans include major investment in the airport’s terminal building, its parking facilities, and public transport links.  

North Somerset Council rejected the scheme in 2020 on environmental grounds.  

That decision was later overruled when the Planning Inspectorate decided in February 2022 to allow Bristol Airport to proceed, prompting a legal challenge that was resolved this year. 

It is understood the scheme could mean up to 5,000 regional jobs and £430 million for the South West economy 

Bristol Airport was approached for further details.  

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