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Bristol Airport – a brief history

Bristol Airport is situated at Lulsgate Bottom, North Somerset. It is approximately 8.5 miles from the City Centre of Bristol.

Bristol Airport which was formerly known as Lulsgate Airport, has a runway that measures 6,598 feet or 2.011 miles in length

The Airport continues to grow, and in the year 2011 – 2012 it saw passenger numbers increase by 2.3% to 5,921,530

Initially a flying club based at Filton Aerodrome, started by a group of local businessmen in 1927, it later moved to Whitchurch an area to the south of Bristol. The airport remained at Whitchurch throughout the Second World War.

In September 1940 the RAF established a relief landing ground at Lulsgate Bottom, known as RAF Broadfield Down due to its exact location close to Lulsgate Bottom . Being on high ground, around 600 feet the site was known for bad weather and as such proved a good training ground for flying in such conditions as well as its other uses.

In June 1955 Bristol Corporation bought Lulsgate Airfield from the Minister of Civil Aviation in order to develop a new Airport for Bristol

There were 17 charter airplines operating from Bristol Airport by 1980, in 1997 the name was changed to Bristol International Airport and it is now known simply as Bristol Airport.

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