Bristol International Airport is located at Lulsgate Bottom on the Northern Slopes of Mendip Hills in North Somerset. The airport is built on a former RAF airfield site, which opened in 1957 as Bristol (Lulsgate) Airport and is 13 km southwest of Bristol city centre.
The airport's history and its hosting of flying experiences stretch as far back as the 1920s, where in 1927, A group of local businessmen raised approximately £6,000 in funding through public subscriptions to start a flying club at Filton Aerodrome, which in future years became the birthplace of the Concorde.
In 1930, Bristol Airport officially opened on 31 May by HRH Prince George. During the outbreak of World War II, from 1939 to 1945, the airport saw the comings and goings of spies and film stars, but more famously, during this time, Winston Churchill also used the airport's services.
From 1948, the site was home to the Bristol Gliding Club, and from 1949 to 1950, the Bristol Motor Cycle and Light Car Club used the runway to host 2-mile motor races on a circuit known as Lulsgate Aerodrome. On 10 December 2014, The Bristol Flying School was officially opened by Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, for thrill seekers and aeroplane lovers like you who dream of flying a plane.
If you're looking to take your first steps to gaining your wings in the South West of England, then you can start your journey to becoming a private pilot with Flying Lessons at Bristol Airport. You can package your experience together with the addition of a flight simulator session and immerse yourself in the world of virtual flying. Lunch is also available with this package to fuel yourselves after a thrilling day of flying.