Bristol airport has begun work on a three-month project to upgrade its airside departure lounge, including the addition of a new Mexican restaurant and the relaunch of the airport’s bar.

The £2.6 million redevelopment programme is expected to be completed in time for Easter, and will focus on the passenger shopping and dining experience at the airport.

The airside bar is to be relaunched “with a new exciting and vibrant brand that will reflect the heritage of the region”, and there will be a new restaurant by California-style Mexican brand Tortilla. The Cabin bar and Ritazza coffee shop are also set to be upgraded.

Retail enhancements will include the expansion of an existing WHSmith shop to incorporate the group’s InMotion technology brand – similar to a flagship store which recently reopened at London’s Stansted airport.

The JD Sports outlet is to be relocated to a larger unit, and a new foreign exchange facility will be added through Global Exchange Group.

Commenting on the news Tom Hack, head of commercial at Bristol Airport, said:

“This is an exciting project and opportunity for Bristol Airport and its customer facilities. The £2.6million investment in the enhancements of the commercial amenities shows a very clear sign of the confidence our commercial partners have in Bristol Airport and vice versa.

“The redevelopments will create dozens of new jobs to the local area as the airport sees a continued passenger growth since the Covid pandemic.

“Our customers’ holidays start in our departure lounge, and it is very important for us to provide them with the best possible experience. We understand that our leisure and business customers have high expectations when travelling through Bristol Airport and we will continue to strive to meet their requirements.

“We are very confident that the investment and redevelopment in our departure lounge will provide a greater passenger experience as we offer new places to shop, eat, drink and relax before you fly.”