Southampton Airport welcomed just over 140,000 passengers through its doors during November 2014, which is 11.7% up on the previous year. There was growth in all areas; with 13% more domestic passengers, 9% more international passengers and 13% more passengers between Southampton and the Channel Islands. Domestic routes such as Aberdeen, Leeds, Manchester and Belfast attracted more passengers than last year. Dublin, Amsterdam, Nantes and Bergerac topped the list of growing international destinations.
In addition to this, the airport is expecting around 65,000 passengers between 19th December 2014 and 4th January 2015, with the largest number of getaways taking place this weekend (19th – 21st December). Passengers are already travelling for pre-Christmas get-togethers and come the weekend, families will be rushing off following the end of term. Skiers, sun seekers and those visiting friends and relatives for the festive season will all be taking advantage of Southampton Airport’s easy, fast and friendly approach – avoiding inevitable chaos on the country’s rail and motorway networks.
Jan Halliday, Director of Marketing & Communications, said: “Christmas is a wonderful time at Southampton Airport, full of emotional reunions and excitement. 2015 is already looking positive with the announcement of two new destinations – Corsica and Milan – and confirmed summer sun flights to Malaga, Alicante, Palma and Faro. This is, of course, in addition to the new easy and affordable transatlantic connections with Flybe and Aer Lingus, to Boston, New York, San Francisco, Orlando, Chicago and Toronto, via Dublin.”