Situated just to the south-west of Bristol, Bristol International Airport (IATA code BRS) has its origins in the Filton Aerodrome, started nearby in 1927. It's located just off the A38 and within a few miles of the M5, making it easily accessible from throughout south-west England and southern Wales.
Bristol International Airport
The success of Filton Aerodrome was such that a case was soon made for a full-blown commercial airport in the area, and the first Bristol Airport was opened in 1930 at nearby Whitchurch. This airport had the distinction of being the only UK airport that remained open to commercial (civil) flights during the Second World War - flying routes to neutral countries such as Portugal.
In 1957, the need to expand drove Bristol Airport to move to its current Bristol Lulsgate site and in 1997 its name was changed to Bristol International Airport. Bristol International Airport handles nearly 6 million passengers and 24,000 flights (both scheduled and charter) each year. In recent years it has become a major base for budget airlines such as easyJet and Go Fly and has even started to serve US destinations.
The airport's growth has created some challenges - 31 new scheduled destinations were added in 2007 alone - but it is continuing to work with the community and local government to map out a route forwards. For anyone based in the south-west, Bristol International Airport makes an extremely convenient departure point, with van hire and car rental available at the airport. A typical range of types of van are available for hire: