Bristol Airport (2)

Airfield Profile


Operator: South West Airports Ltd

Operator’s Identity Codes:

Code Operator


Country Region Sub-Region
United Kingdom South West England Somerset

Address: Bristol Airport, Bristol, BS48 3DY, United Kingdom

Nearest Town/City: Bristol – airport is 7 miles (12 km) southwest.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. N 51°22’58” W 002°43’09”
Decimal N 51.382669 W 002.719089

Elevation: 190 m/622 ft

Google map to be added.


Name Changes

Lulsgate Bottom RLG 1940-1941
RAF Broadfield Down (not used)
RAF Lulsgate Bottom 1942-1957
Bristol Airport 1957-Mar 1997
Bristol International Airport Mar 1997-Mar 2010
Bristol Airport Mar 2010-Present

Narrative Summary

History to be added. RAF Station Code: LP.

More history to be added.

Key Dates

Sept 1940    Land acquired for possible airfield use
26 Sept 1940    Relief Landing Group established near Lulsgate Bottom
10 June 1941    Use as RLG ends
11 June 1941    Work starts on constructing airfield buildings
2 July 1941    Construction of main runway begins
24 July 1941    Luftwaffe Ju 88 lands by mistake
15 Jan 1942    RAF Lulsgate Bottom officially opened
24 Jan 1942    First flying unit arrives
Mar 1942    Airfield facilities completed
1 June 1942    Airfield passed from 10 Group to 23 Group
15 Sept 1945    Battle of Britain air display
8 May 1946    Airfield reduced to Care & Maintenance
1946    Bristol Gliding Club starts using the site
1955    Airfield sold to Bristol Corporation
1955    Construction of airport facilities started
1956    Bristol Gliding Club moves out
1 May 1957    Bristol-Lulsgate Airport officially opened
1963    Runway extended to 7,500 ft
Mar 2000    New larger passenger terminal opened


Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
09/27 2011 6598 46 151 Paved


The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:

Based Military Units

Unit Operator Arrived Departed Activity
286 Sqn RAF 24 Jan 1942 26 May 1942 Target Facilities
No.3 Det. 116 Sqn RAF 26 Jan 1942 1 Mar 1942 Target Facilities
3 (P)AFU RAF Jun 1942 27 Sept 1943 Pilot Training
1540 BATF RAF 26 May 1942 6 Feb 1945 Pilot Training
3 FIS(A) RAF Sept 1943 18 Jul 1945 QFI Training
OTU Flt. 7 FIS(A) RAF Feb 1945 7 May 1946 QFI Training

Based Civilian Operators

Operator Arrived Departed Activity
Bristol & Wessex Aeroplane Club 1957 19?? Private flying

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information


‘Somerset Airfields in the Second World’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]

‘The Military Airfields of Britain: South-Western England’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]

‘Action Stations Revisited Volume 4 South West England’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]

History of R.A.F.Lulsgate Bottom by Ian James (Redclifffe Press)


Feature articles


Bristol International

wikipedia: Bristol International Airport

Lulsgate – Bristol Airport

Bristol International Airport Enthusiasts Web Site

Disclaimer: Information is provided on this page for historical purposes only, and not for aerial navigation.