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Bristol Airport grew from the desires of a group of pioneering aviation enthusiasts who, in the 1920’s, began a flying club at nearby Filton. The current site is based around one that the club moved to as they looked for a permanent base, and has seen use – like many – as a military airfield as well as a civil one. Now the ninth busiest airport in the UK, with almost six million passengers passing through annually, Bristol Airport is an important hub in the air travel network in the UK and has seen rapid expansion in recent years.
Flights to and from many European destinations are frequent and regular; Air France provides scheduled flights to Paris, KLM is a regular flyer to Amsterdam, and Easy Jet uses the airport as a major hub offering a comprehensive selection of destinations in cities across Europe including Palma, Geneva and Innsbruck as well as regular services to UK airports such as those at Newcastle and Glasgow. Many other airlines offer scheduled and charter services from the airport, although there are limitations involved thanks to the airport having the shortest runway of all UK international airports.
Eight miles from the city of Bristol itself, the airport is well served by local road networks and a bus service that operates from the city railway station, and the site itself has excellent facilities including shops and bars, with long stay parking and a number of hotels in the nearby vicinity. Bristol Airport has met some controversy and opposition to expansion plans, yet continues to be a popular place from which to fly.