Hampshire football fans urged to get organised for Euro 2016

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Hampshire football fans urged to get organised for Euro 2016

Football fans in Hampshire have been urged to make sure they are prepared for Euro 2016 by Foreign Office Minister James Duddridge. Mr Duddridge today (Thursday 3 March) visited Hampshire to see how preparations are going at Southampton Airport, which is expecting to see tens of thousands of supporters using its flights to 17 French airports.

Men shaking hands in front of mapForeign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) figures revealed that, with just 99 days to go, more than half of fans planning to travel to France for the tournament do not have tickets and a third have not arranged any accommodation.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister James Duddridge said:

“Euro 2016 will be a landmark in British sport. Never before have we seen three home nations teams reach the finals of a European Championships, and Southampton Airport will be where the adventure starts for many fans.

“We want to make sure that every supporter has the best time possible and urge all fans to begin their preparations early, make sure they have insurance and accommodation, do their research and stay up to date with our travel advice.”

During the visit Mr Duddridge announced that Southampton Airport would be an official FCO partner, supporting the ‘Be on the Ball’ campaign to make sure fans have a safe and stress-free Euro 2016.

The FCO has produced a handy guide for travellers. Fans can also sign up to receive the latest country travel advice alerts.

David Lees, Managing Director at Southampton Airport, said:

“Passenger safety is always our number one priority at Southampton Airport so we are delighted to be able to support the FCO with their ‘Be on the Ball’ campaign in advance of the 2016 UEFA European Championship. The Airport has excellent links to France with 17 routes including 4 new routes for summer 2016 to Paris Charles De Gaulle, Lyon, Toulon and Biarritz. As such we look forward to seeing many football fans travelling through the airport over the forthcoming summer using safe travel through our extensive route network and route choices.”

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