Work has commenced at Bristol Airport on a £6.5million project to construct a central walkway which will aim to ease departure lounge congestion during peak travel times.
Once completed, the new walkway will include four new pre-boarding zones serving up to six departure gates.
The 3,880sq.m structure will connect directly to the departure lounge and will be served by an escalator, six lifts, food and drink vending, plus toilet facilities.
All gates will be within 105-metres or less of the main terminal and the walkway will provide improved access to the existing forward coaching lounge currently used by passengers boarding bmi regional flights.
The design of the new facility takes into account the latest generation of twin-engine, wide-body jets, such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, with provision made for the addition of an airbridge for passengers boarding potential long-haul flights in future.
International construction services company ISG has been appointed to deliver the project and work is scheduled to be completed by summer next year.