Think back to December of 1994. A time when Southampton was waiting for something very exciting indeed. Prince Andrew was on his way to open the brand new passenger terminal at Southampton airport.
Flybe has reinforced Southampton Airport’s reputation as the UK’s ‘gateway’ to the near continent, by introducing several new routes to France. The additions, made at the end of May 2011, bring Southampton’s total number of routes for summer 2011 to 49 destinations.
Eastern Airways, a predominantly domestic airline, is to begin offering flights between Southampton Airport and Dijon, a city in the wine-producing region of Burgundy, France. The thrice-weekly service, which begins on June 6 2011, will be the “only” way to access the south of England from Burgundy, according to Eastern’s marketing chief, Jan Halliday.
In a bid to become the ‘airport of choice’ for travellers in the south of England, Southampton Airport has launched a campaign to snatch customers away from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, and the other airports in and around London.
From February 17 2011, Eastern Airways will increase capacity on routes from Southampton Airport to Aberdeen in the northeast of Scotland. The expansion will add a later service from Aberdeen, departing at 18.55 on every weekday evening, and arriving in Southampton two hours later, at 20.45.
Low-cost carrier, Flybe, has stopped flying from Southampton Airport to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport in Paris, France. The airline will instead travel from the Hampshire hub to Paris Orly, the second-largest airport in France, located 11 miles from the city centre, and 27 miles from CDG.
At the end of October, Southampton Airport, the smallest of the British Airport Authority’s six UK hubs, unveiled an ‘instant customer feedback service,’ designed to help staff deal with traveller gripes before they leave the airport.
In what has become an annual event, budget airline, Flybe, has announced its summer routes for next year almost 12 months in advance, long before the present ‘sun and sea’ season reaches its climax in October.
Throughout 2010, Southampton Airport will be celebrating its centenary with a series of special events. The Hampshire hub was founded on the site of North Stoneham Farm, the location of one of the first powered flights.
With all the negative publicity surrounding airports across the country and their controversial expansion plans that have been causing such a stir, it is good to see that the staff at Southampton Airport are keeping their spirits up and making headlines for a very different reason.