Southampton Airport is a small regional airport in the South of Great Britain. The airport offers a direct and quick train connection to London and several international flights.
Even though Southampton Airport is just the 18th biggest airport in the United Kingdom, serving approximately 2 million passengers a year, it offers many international destinations. That’s mainly due to FlyBe, the airline offering by far the most destinations from Southampton.
International connects with other airlines include flights to Cork (Aer Lingus), Amsterdam (KLM) and Munich (bmi regional) as well as several seasonal charts. FlyBe offers flights to five domestic destinations (plus three season destinations) as well as to a dozen international destinations including Dublin, Paris and Düsseldorf.
Southampton Airport is a tiny little airport and thus doesn’t offer lots of shopping and dining options. There’s a pub, a café bar and a Costa Coffee. While this may not sound like a lot, you definitely won’t have a problem getting a tasty snack.
For shopping, there’s a Duty Free shop and a WHSmits. That said, you shouldn’t expect that you can buy anything by travel essential, duty free items, newspapers and books at Southampton Airport.
Despite being so small, Southampton Airport comes with an airport hotel. The Premier Inn Southampton Airport is a three-star property with relatively decent ratings. Rooms are usually quite affordable. The hotel is a short walk from the airport and also very close to the train station. However, you might also stay in the city center or in any other hotels nearby (a DoubleTree and a Hilton are just a few kilometers away) as Southampton Airport is not far away from the city.
Southampton Airport might be small, but there’s hell of an infrastructure. This also includes an airport lounge, which is called Breezy Lounge. It is located airside and offers comfortable seating in a quite atmosphere. There’s also a nice buffet.
An extensive review will be released here on traveluxblog shortly. The lounge is open to passengers of all airlines (Business Class / Frequent Flyer) as well as those holding a Priority Pass or a Diners Club Card. You may also purchase access at the door or online.
Taking about infrastructure, Southampton Airport even got a train station. The Southampton Airport Parkway is only one minute away from the airport and offers frequent connections to the city center (less than 10 minutes), to London Waterloo (approximately one hour) and other cities in the region.
As an alternative to the very affordable train journey to the city center, there are also Unilink/Bluestar Buses, which take between 20 to 45 miuntes to the city. In addition, taxis are available and must be booked in the terminal. If you are looking for the cheapest option, you should definitely take the train though.