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.
Southampton airport has launched a live travel information system, which is the first of its kind to be installed in a British airport. The system, which has cost approximately fifty thousand pounds to install, will provide information about public transport services, including live updates on rail networks, bus services, ferry services, and road networks across the southern region of the United Kingdom. It uses the internet to provide live data feeds, which update the information displayed to passengers arriving at the airport on a continuous basis throughout the day.
John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, George Best and Charles de Gaulle have all had airports named in their honour – even the childhood hero Robin Hood has his airport in Doncaster – but could the footballer, Matt Le Tissier, be the next to join the ranks?
Southampton Airport played host to an annual conference of airport chaplains in May this year with twenty eight chaplains from airports across the UK meeting together to be briefed about airport developments and to exchange chaplain news. The chaplains also received a talk from Carry Taylor, of Bournemouth airline Palmair, about a new fear-of-flying course, and took part in a training session specifically designed for airport chaplains.
The new Southampton Airport masterplan was publised in July this year.