Southampton Airport has experienced continued growth in passenger numbers during 2007. The airport welcomed over 1.96 million passengers, an increase of 2.8% on 2006, and making it the busiest year ever in its 98 year history. During December alone, over 133,300 passengers used the airport for both business and leisure journeys.
Southampton Airport serves 46 destinations with 14 airline and tour operator partners. The most popular routes in 2007 included; Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow, Jersey, Guernsey, Paris, Dublin, Newcastle, Belfast and Amsterdam.
2007 saw new routes and airlines at Southampton Airport. New routes included Frankfurt and Nice with Flybe, and Verona with Inghams. Eastern Airways introduced its first ever French route, with a service to Angers in the Loire Valley. The Channel Islands based airline Blue Islands was a new airline operating to Southampton with daily services from Guernsey.
Chris Butler, managing director at Southampton Airport, said: “2007 has been a record year for Southampton Airport, with over 1.9 million people using their local airport for both business and leisure travel. Around 1200 people work at Southampton Airport in 30 different companies, and I would like to thank them all for their hard work and dedication in 2007. We look forward to another busy year in 2008, and we shall continue to focus on providing an airport that this region can be proud of”.