This year Southampton Airport has experienced its busiest July in seven years, with an impressive 192,353 passengers travelling through the airport – a 1.9% increase on July last year and the largest number since 2007. Passengers flocked to the airport to fly to sun-drenched destinations in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy, despite the glorious weather in the UK.
The top five summer sun routes were Malaga, Alicante, Palma, Faro and Bergerac – which were most popular with families departing in the school holidays. Passengers have also been enjoying city breaks, with the top short break destinations being Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris. Flights to Guernsey also proved to be extremely popular, with over 5,000 more passengers flying there compared to July 2013.
Flybe’s popular summer sun routes from Southampton to Alicante, Malaga and Faro have been extended to operate through to early November to accommodate half-term travel. Flights to Alicante and Malaga will also now continue throughout the winter from Southampton.
Jan Halliday, director of marketing and communications, said: “It’s great to see so many people heading off on their summer holidays from Southampton Airport. Passenger numbers this July have been similar to pre-recession levels, with many people taking advantage of the range of flights from their local airport.”
The airport is now gearing up for a busy autumn, with new flights to Hamburg and additional services to Leeds Bradford and Aberdeen starting at the end of October.