Bristol International Airport is served by some of the busiest British airline companies. Easyjet, which has the second largest fleet in the United Kingdom, is the busiest airline at Bristol Airport. This major British carrier connects Bristol to large European cities including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Geneva, Madrid, Paris, Prague, and Rome. Easyjet also offers more than a dozen seasonal destinations to popular tourist cities in France, Spain, and Mediterranean islands. Examples of popular seasonal trips offered by Easyjet include Bordeaux, Ibiza, Heraklion, Corfu, and Marseille.
Easyjet links Bristol with major destinations in Scotland including Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Iverness. From Bristol Airport, Newcastle upon Tyne is the only destination within England to which Easyjet provides service.
Thomas Cook Airlines is another major U.K. based company that serves Bristol Airport. This large charter airline connects United Kingdom’s ninth busiest airport to some of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe. The Thomas Cook Airlines schedule includes flights to the Canary Islands, multiple Greek Islands, Turkey, southern parts of Italy, France, and Spain. Most of the charter flights operated by Thomas Cook Airlines are offered on a seasonal basis.
Thomson Airways is another large Charter airline that serves Bristol Airport. The largest charter airline in the world connects Bristol to vacation hot spots in Europe and the surrounding Mediterranean region. The Thomson Airways schedule is actually very similar to the Thomas Cook Airlines schedule. Antalya, Canary Islands, Sharm el Sheikh, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Kos, Rhodes, and Toulouse are accessible via Thomson Airways.
The Irish airline company Ryanair connects Bristol International Airport with more than 20 destinations within Europe. This low cost carrier provides flights to major Eastern European cities including Budapest, Bratislava, Kaunas, Gdansk, Lodz, Poznan, and Warsaw. Naturally, Ryanair also provides direct flights to Ireland’s capital city Dublin. Several popular Spanish destinations are also offered by Ryanair. The Balearic Islands Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca and the city of Valencia can be reached through Ryanair’s seasonal scheduled service.
Aer Lingus offers a direct route between Bristol and England’s island nation neighbor to the west. The Irish flag carrier provides flights to the cities of Cork and Dublin. The Aer Lingus Regional service at Bristol is actually operated by Aer Arann, a small regional airline based in Ireland.
Besides Irish airlines, the only international carriers that serve Bristol Airport include Air France, Brussels Airlines, and KLM Cityhopper. Passengers should know that all airlines use the single terminal building at Bristol Airport. The first floor and Mezannine level in the terminal building have all the gates, which all the airlines use. All flights arrive at the ground floor of the terminal.