Airport extension will open early next month


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A multi-million pound extension to Bristol Airport will open early next month, with bosses revealing new businesses have signed up to be a part of the larger terminal.

High Street retailers JD Sports and Accessorize are among the new arrivals, while WHSmith will open a specialist bookshop and Superdrug will move to a larger unit in the departure lounge.

The announcement coincides with the opening of the new £8.6million terminal extension.

It will provide hundreds of extra seats for passengers, as well as extra shopping options while people wait for their flight.

Other changes made at the airport include remodelling of Starbucks coffee shop.

Kate Ridgers, Bristol Airport’s head of commercial development, likes the changes that have been made at the Lulsgate site.

She said: “We are excited about these new additions to the departure lounge, and we hope passengers will be too.

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“It is not only about the new brands at Bristol Airport, as Superdrug and WHSmith will have much-needed enlarged shops to provide our passengers with the last minute travel essentials.

“There are now even more reasons to arrive early at the airport this summer, whether you want to do some last minute holiday shopping or get your trip off to a relaxing start over a meal or drink in one of our bars, cafés or restaurants.”

The airport seeks to eclipse last year’s record passenger figures. A total of 6.3million passengers used the terminal in 2014.

Other developments under way include the construction of a 201-bed hotel, as well as improvements to the transport network allowing people an easier journey to and from the airport.

Bmi Regional has meanwhile announced it will start its route to Nantes from July 4.