The announcement comes after a successful year for Southampton Airport which saw four new airlines commence services including KLM with worldwide flights via its hub in Amsterdam, bmi regional which launched a new service to Munich and Aer Lingus which launched direct flights to Cork. It was also the first airport in the UK to offer scheduled flights with European based airline, Volotea. Flybe alone announced five new routes from Southampton Airport this year including Biarritz, Lyon, Toulon, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Munich bringing the total number of routes served by Flybe from Southampton to 34.
The airport also recently announced its highest ever passenger numbers on record for summer 2016 which saw nearly 430,000 passengers pass through in July and August, an increase of 14.6% compared to the same period last year.
Managing Director for Southampton Airport, Dave Lees, says “We are over the moon to have been chosen as ERA’s Airport of the Year. It is a true testament to all the hard work that the team here at Southampton has put in over the past year. We would like to thank the ERA for this wonderful award and all the passengers who continue to travel through the airport, this award could not have been achieved without you.”
Simon McNamara, ERA Director General, says: “The ERA Airport of the Year Award celebrates the achievements of ERA member airports and recognises their positive impact on the European aviation industry. Southampton Airport, the winner of this year’s award, has demonstrated extraordinary involvement with the local community, linking up with schools, introducing a new assistance desk and a seating area for passengers with reduced mobility and reducing its carbon footprint by 13 per cent, while at the same time growing and expanding in a highly competitive market. What a great achievement – huge congratulations to Managing Director David Lees and the whole team at Southampton Airport.”