Red Arrows land at Bristol Airport
By Carol_Deacon | Thursday, August 08, 2013, 17:49
Touching down at Bristol Airport this week are the Red Arrows and Typhoon aerobatic display teams.
Plane spotters alert as the Red Arrows are in North Somerset this weekend
Bristol Balloon Fiesta is at Ashton Court this weekend
The aeronautic super squad land on Friday, August 9, in readiness for their displays at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.
The 35th annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court is Europe's largest ballooning event.
It's a spectacular, free, four days of fun for the whole family and runs from Thursday to Sunday, August 8- 11,
Estimated time of arrival for the 10 Hawk aircraft at Bristol Airport is 1.30pm.
The Red Arrows usually land using one of four potential formations, known as 'breaks', including a low level overflight prior to landing.
They take-off at 3.49pm for a balloon fiesta display and return to the airport before departing at 7.12pm for a flight to Cowes Festival, returning again later in the evening.
They will depart Bristol Airport for the final time early afternoon on Saturday for displays at the Northern Ireland Festival of Flight and in Blackpool.
The two Typhoon aircraft will arrive at 2pm on Friday with one aircraft departing at 12.40pm on Saturday for the display at the balloon fiesta.
After the display this aircraft is then performing at the Northern Ireland Festival of Flight.
Sunday will also see the Typhoon aircraft arrive and depart from Bristol Airport ahead of their busy performance schedule at Blackpool.
Bristol Airport public relations manager Jacqui Mills said: "Bristol Airport is proud to welcome the Red Arrows and Typhoon display teams to Bristol Airport for the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.
"These world-famous display teams are such an iconic symbol of the UK and the Royal Air Force.
"Their work for charity and tourist events in the UK still creates millions of pounds in the economies where major events and air shows are hosted.
"It will be a thrill for visitors to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, staff and local aviation enthusiasts to see both the Red Arrows and Typhoons in action here at Bristol Airport and the Balloon Fiesta and we look forward to welcoming them.
"This weekend brings to an end months of planning between the Balloon Fiesta organisers, airlines and the NATS Air Traffic Control Team at Bristol Airport.
"This work involved the detailed preparation and planning for the mass hot air balloon ascents at 6am and 6pm daily with more than 150 hot air balloons in the airspace around Bristol Airport.
"It also includes keeping disruption to passenger flights using Bristol Airport to a minimum, while the airspace is closed for short periods during the air displays."
- The number of passengers using automated 'ePassport gates' at Bristol Airport increased by 100 per cent in the 12 months to 1 July 2013 compared to the previous corresponding period. 31.3 per cent of eligible passengers used the ePassport gates, which provide a safe, secure and convenient alternative to the conventional border control process for legitimate passengers entering the UK. Bristol is one of 10 UK airports where ePassport gates are installed, with three machines in operation. In a process which takes just a few seconds, passengers' faces are scanned and checked against their passport photos. Unlike other technology previously trialled at other UK airports, such as iris scanning, passengers are not required to pre-register to use ePassport gates. Although the gates are automated, they do need to be monitored by Border Force officers. ePassport gates are open from 11am-midnight with extended hours in July and September.
- Ryanair took the plaudits at Bristol Airport's inaugural Tracker Awards, having achieved 100 per cent compliance with departure routes set up to minimise noise disturbance for local residents. In addition the Irish airline, which flies to 31 destinations from Bristol, topped the table for Continuous Descent Approaches (or CDAs) – a procedure which reduces fuel burn and noise from arriving aircraft. Ryanair base captain, Jonathan Moss, was presented with a certificate to mark the achievement and a large cake to share with his fellow flight crew. Bmi regional, which has introduced six new routes from Bristol Airport since last October, also received a certificate in recognition of outstanding performance for its operation of the Brussels Airlines service to the Belgian capital during 2012. One hundred per cent departure track compliance was achieved, with a 92 percent CDA rate. Aurigny, easyJet, Flybe, Thomas Cook and KLM also received a letter of thanks from Bristol Airport chief executive officer, Robert Sinclair, for achieving 100 per cent departure track compliance.
- Bristol Airport is keen to support local charitable causes and each year employees nominate a charity, which they electively fundraise for throughout the year. For 2013 the charity selected by staff is Cots For Tots Appeal which supports the world-class work of the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael's Hospital, Bristol, saving the lives of the sickest, most premature babies from Bristol, Bath, the south west of England and south Wales.
- Bristol Airport directly employs around 200 people with a wider employee community of nearer 3,000. More than 100 destinations in 30 countries are served direct from Bristol. Planning permission is in place for £150 million development of facilities to handle up to 10 million passengers per annum by 2020.
- Passenger numbers at Cardiff Airport have fallen below the one million mark for the first time in recent years. The latest provisional figures from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show 994,885 people flew from the airport in the year to March, which is down 15 per cent. Meanwhile, nearby competitor Bristol Airport saw almost six million passengers in the past 12 months, including a large number from Wales.
- Bristol Airport at Lulsgate offers direct services to 112 airports across the world, with onward connections accessible from hundreds more cities through international hubs such as Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Brussels, all of which are served by several flights a day. Airlines operating at Bristol Airport include Air France, KLM, Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, Ryanair and Flybe. The airport also has good parking, duty free shopping and a range of fine restaurants and fast-food outlets.