Bristol Airport

We provide Air Traffic Control (ATC) services at 13 UK airports. At Bristol Airport we provide tower, approach and engineering services.

Tower Services

This is an ATC service provided for the airport and surrounding airspace. The controllers will look out of the tower windows, as well as at the ATC equipment, to give aircraft clearance to taxi, take-off and land.


This is a radar-based control service located in the lower part of the tower. Incoming aircraft are managed from approximately 40 miles away from the aerodrome, generally under 10,000ft.


An engineering team, based at the airport, are responsible for maintaining air traffic control services, such as radar and the Instrument Landing System (ILS).

The Operation: 2019

The tower was opened in 2001. NATS has been providing an ATC service since 2005.

  • Flights: 69,434 (-5% on 2018)
  • Passengers: 9m (+3% on 2018)
  • Busiest ranking: 13th—UK’s busiest airport (flights)

Annual flight movements (historical)



Bristol Airport handles flights to 120 destinations across 30 countries.

  • Furthest direct route travelled to: Mexico
  • Most travelled to destination: Amsterdam
  • Airports served: 120

The Airport

Planning permission is already in place for Bristol Airport to handle 10 million passengers per annum. More than £160 million has been invested in new infrastructure and facilities since 2010 including an on-site 201 bedroom hotel.

  • Height of tower: 28m
  • 1 Runways: 2,011m x 46m

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