How is Bristol Airport Travel Going to be Affected by the Coronavirus Crisis?

Holidaymakers up and down the country have been plunged into uncertainty. But if you had or have plans to fly from Bristol Airport in the near future, you might be wondering what the advice is for this specific region. Here is a quick guide on current updates, where to find out more information and what to do if you need to make cancellations or claim any refunds…

 

What Flights Have Been Cancelled at Bristol Airport?

The current Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice is that no one should undertake non-essential travel for at least the next 30 days. This of course applies to most holidays. In the first instance, you should contact your travel provider to go about postponing or cancelling your holiday. ABTA recommend that if possible, you should consider postponing as this will keep money in the struggling travel industry system as well as giving you a holiday to look forward to at some point in the future. But if you are waiting for a refund, please be patient with members of staff as they are under an enormous amount of pressure at the moment and this may take a while to process. You can also contact your travel insurance provider, but whether you are covered will depend on your policy details. Disruption cover is the key thing to look out for here, but not all policies feature it.

If you have a flight booked that was due to leave from Bristol Airport, and are wondering about the current situation, you should contact your airline in the first instance. As of Tuesday, Bristol Live has a list of airline responses but as this is an ongoing situation, information is changing on a frequent basis. Both Easyjet and Ryanair have said the grounding of their entire fleet is a possibility, but they cannot say for sure at present.

 

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What New Procedures Have They Brought In?

If you are due to arrive or depart from Bristol Airport, then you might be concerned about what extra measures are being taken to protect travellers and staff. The latest information on the Bristol Airport site states that in accordance with government advice, those arriving at Bristol Airport from overseas are not currently undergoing additional screenings or checks. They have put in place more cleaning and hygiene procedures and these include advanced monitoring of flights from affected locations, increased provision of hand sanitizers throughout the terminal, extra protection equipment and training for first aid responders and extra signage for airport users with required information. They have also enhanced their cleaning procedures with more frequent services and checks.

 

What If I Have a Flight Booked Later in the Year?

In this case, it is best to regularly check in with the current Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice. At present, if you have travel booked that is due to take place after the 30 day period currently advised, then you will not be able to make a claim if you decide to cancel now, This is because it will be considered your own decision and cancellation terms and conditions do not cover for this. This will usually apply with any travel insurance claims too. The best thing to do is keep your bookings and reservations for now, and then contact your travel provider if government advice changes and this affects your plans.

 

What If I Need to Cancel a Bristol Airport Parking Booking?

If you have a flight that is due to leave from Bristol Airport, then you may have also made an airport parking reservation too. If this is the case, after postponing or cancelling your travel, your next step should be to contact your parking provider to find out where you stand with refunds. There is usually a cancellation notification period in place, and as long as you notify them before them, it should be straightforward to claim your money back.

If you have booked a parking space with one of Bristol Airport’s own car parks, you can cancel any airport parking bookings up to 48 hours before your scheduled departure time. If you cancel within the 48 hour period, you will be subject to a £5 cancellation charge. If you need to cancel a booking, please head to the Manage My Booking section of their site in the first instance. If you are currently abroad and plan on returning early from your holiday (and therefore cutting your airport parking booking short) then don’t worry. If your car is parked in Bristol Airport’s Silver Zone car park, you can email them with your reference number, and they will meet you with your car when you come off your earlier flight.
If you have booked a pass for Bristol Airport’s executive lounge, the same cancellation terms apply as with their airport parking. So, you will only be subject to a £5 cancellation charge if you are cancelling with less than 48 hours’ notice.

As with any types of travel that you have booked in the near future, please check in regularly with news updates and government advice using the links above. You can also find further information on the BBC news site, health updates on the NHS site, and local updates relating to Bristol Airport on their site (we have included the link above).

A Travelers Guide to Budapest

After looking for a cheap place to visit my partner and I settled on going to Budapest on the recommendation of a friend who had visited there already. From the U.K flights only cost £150 and we managed to find a nice apartment for only £35 in the centre of Pest on Kiraly Street. Flying from Bristol there was only two flights a week and so we opted for flying out on a Tuesday evening at 8.30pm getting to Budapest at around 11.30 local time. However, our flight got delayed by 3 hours which meant that we didn’t get to our Airbnb until 3.30am. It felt like such a long journey but thankfully we opted to park our car at the airport and got a great deal using our cheap Bristol Airport Parking widget and saved a handy £20 off.

Great Budapest Spa Experience

We woke up a little bit later than planned the next day and decided to go straight to one of the spas that Budapest is renowned for. We did a little research into the many options and we decided to go to the Igralmasok Veli Bej baths as they had some great reviews saying they were relatively quiet and very clean. Upon arriving we found that the reviews were right, it was very quiet and all the people there seemed to be locals. On the way back we visited Margaret Island in the middle of the Danube and here they had a music fountain which made patterns in sync with music. At dusk the fountain also starts to light up and it produces a light show which was a great spectacle. 

Igralmasok Veli Bej baths

On the morning of the next day we visited the Liberty Statue which was erected in 1947 in remembrance of the Soviet liberation of Hungary from the Nazis. This was a great walk up some twisting paths and the statue is right next to the Citadel, which offers fantastic views over Budapest. Below the Citadel is the Gellert Spa and this is where we went next. These baths were much more popular than the ones we went to the day before and had a lot more to offer including a jacuzzi on the roof which looked out over Gellert hill and the Danube. 

Interesting Hungarian Museum Artifacts

We also visited the Hungarian National Museum and although it had a lot of interesting artifacts we found that they didn’t really have too much information about the exhibits and it felt a little bit lacking. After this we went to visit the Holocaust museum, it depicted the story of Jews in Budapest and it was extremely interesting but very disturbing. For the last afternoon we visited St.Stephen’s Basilica which was well worth a visit as the interior is simply breathtaking. 

So what did we think of Budapest?

I wish we had stayed longer as there were still so many more things to do, but I guess that just means that we will have to revisit it again! If anyone is considering going then I cannot recommend it highly enough, there is so much to do in the city and everything is so affordable which makes it easier to do things. 

Why You Should Keep It Local and Fly from Bristol Airport

There’s a very good chance that if you live near Bristol Airport, you may never have actually used it for your travel. Of course, it’s much smaller than the major UK airports in the south east. However, Bristol is now the country’s ninth busiest airport, with more than 8.7 million passengers passing through it in 2018. If you’ve dismissed it in the past as being a bit of a backwater and not offering you the choice of destination or price that you need, it’s time to re-evaluate. We’ve highlighted some of its many benefits as well as recent developments and new routes. So if you’re yet to book your holiday for the year ahead, maybe it’s time to see what travel options are available on your doorstep…

 

Destinations and Airlines

Firstly, there’s the most important consideration when it comes to arranging any travel – where you’ll be going. Perhaps you have a specific destination in mind, or maybe you’re open to a few sunny suggestions. Well, you can currently fly to more than 125 different locations from Bristol Airport and let’s just say it pretty much has all short-haul bases covered (as well as a few long-haul ones too). Whatever your preferred type of European holiday, many different destinations are available. Mediterranean sunshine is catered for with flights to 14 different Spanish resorts and cities as well as locations in Portugal, the Canary Islands, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Favourites featured include Crete, Alicante, Porto and Gran Canaria.
For those after interesting city break destinations, there’s plenty to choose from here too. From classics such as Paris and Venice to new favourites like Copenhagen, Krakow and Budapest, it’s easy to explore from your local terminal. And if you’re after some winter sport fun? Well, of course they have all that covered as well. And all of these flights are brought to you by 14 different airlines and 31 tour operators including big names like Easyjet, British Airways, TUI and First Choice.

New Routes – In 2020, Bristol Airport is expanding its flight destinations further still with a number of new routes announced. These include new TUI Airways flights to Almeria in Spain and Sharm El Sheikh in Tunisia. Two other interesting routes that will begin soon are a regular Ryanair flight to Grenoble (for those who are itching to get on the slopes) and a Lauda flight to the beautiful city of Vienna.

Budget Options – We’ve mentioned a couple of big names in budget travel so far in this post, but it’s worth reiterating if you think travelling from a smaller airport always means higher prices. Both Easyjet and Ryanair operate a number of routes from Bristol Airport including flights to Fuerteventura, Bordeaux and Copenhagen so it’s easy to arrange an affordable city break from here.

 

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Cheap Parking Options

If you live in the south west, then one obvious advantage Bristol Airport is that it’s nearby, or much, much closer than flying from one of the London terminals. And this clearly has huge benefits when it comes to getting to and from the airport. We’re not just talking distance as the crow flies – making your way to the terminal can be a stressful business, either having to navigate public transport with all your luggage (and perhaps children in tow too) or relying on a taxi or lift. And that’s not to mention getting back home again after a long flight. So leaving your car at the airport with long stay parking provision is become increasingly popular for obvious reasons. Of course, this is also an option if you are flying from London, but using airport parking outside of the capital usually offers much cheaper rates as well as saving you petrol money.

If you want to find Cheap Bristol Airport Parking then one of the best things you can do is to book your space as early as possible. It’s possible to find many parking discounts online, but earlybird reservation often means you’ll get a lower overall rate too. As well as having car parks close to the terminal, you can also get cheaper prices by using Bristol Airport car parks that are slightly further away and operate a shuttle service to and from the terminals.

Parking and Hotel Deals – If you have a very early flight, then if can be much less hassle to book a hotel room along with your parking space. And this also applies if you are flying with kids! If this is the case for you, then see if you can find a combined hotel and parking deal to book in advance. This could end up saving you quite a bit of money as well as stress.

Meet and Greet Parking – Talking of reducing stress levels, what is more convenient than having someone meet you when you turn up at the terminal, take your car off your hands and park it for you? And when you come back off from your holiday, it will be there ready to pick up. Yes, a meet and greet parking service is going to cost a bit more, but the same advice applies here too – book early and you’ve got a much better chance of finding a great deal.

 

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Shops and Other Amenities

We all love a pre-boarding browse of all the low prices in a departure lounge area, and there’s no denying that the bigger the airport, the more choice you have. But that’s not to say smaller airports such as Bristol don’t have plenty to offer as well. Along with the classic World Duty Free, you can also enjoy shopping in high street favourites such as Superdrug, JD Sports, WH Smith and Claire’s Accessories. And when it comes to finding a bite to eat before you board, you’re spoilt for choice with names like Burger Kind, Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Barburritto.

Airport Lounges – But there’s another way you can achieve peak relaxation before you get on your flight – by taking full advantage of an airport lounge when one is available! And doing this at Bristol Airport doesn’t have to cost the earth. Just like with airport parking, you can book a pass in advance online and get it at a much better rate than buying on the day. At Bristol, the Aspire lounge is for both adults and children and you can relax with complimentary refreshments, wifi and newspapers. And if you’d rather relax with no kids about, then they also have the AspirePlus lounge which is for adults only.

So, if we’ve persuaded you of the advantages of flying out of Bristol for your next holiday, make sure you get the best value from that choice. Search in advance for great Bristol Airport parking deals once you’ve sorted your flights or package holiday, and you’ll make those pounds go that much further. Along with having a much nicer airport experience too!