Return shuttle service from Newport to Bristol Airport

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The GLOBAL covid rules are slowly starting to ease, and for many that means a summer holiday abroad could be back on the cards.

While some people have been able to fly away during covid, for the most part staycations have been the primary getaway option for people.

As a result, airports have turned into ghost towns, with fewer flights operating.

Additionally, much of the infrastructure around the travel industry has also suffered during the pandemic.

One of the first casualties was the airport shuttle service that connects Newport to Bristol Airport.

While Cardiff Airport is roughly closer, Bristol is the larger airport and offers more flights and destinations.

But, with only a handful of planes taking off each day, the National Express route was closed.

Now, with the situation clearing up, although some restrictions remain in place on this side of the border, the road will be restored from Friday 1 April.

What to expect when shuttle service resumes

Once the bus route resumes at the end of next week, holidaymakers will be able to take one of six buses running daily.

The service, which begins at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, stops at Newport Central Bus Station, before continuing to the West of England Airport.

National Express took to social media to confirm the route is being restored.

According to the bus company, the journey from Newport takes 50 minutes, and customers are recommended to book a service that will take them to the airport at least three hours before their scheduled flight departure time to account for possible traffic problems.

As the service is designed for those flying to exciting destinations, customers can take two 20kg suitcases and one piece of hand luggage per adult – although they are also advised to ensure they do not violate not their airline’s baggage rules at the other side.

One thing is still unclear – whether face coverings will be mandatory on board.

Currently in Wales, face coverings on public transport are still mandatory.

But, later this week, the Welsh Government is to consider whether this rule, along with all other covid restrictions, could be lifted.

Everything you need to know about the shuttle service can be found online here.

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