Southampton International Airport is on the coast near the eastern border of Wessex. It is actually in the town of Eastleigh.
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Southampton itself is a large city and port on the south coast of Hampshire Air services at the airport connect to and from a large number of destinations all over the UK and Europe. The destination list can be found here.
The airport has easy access by road and rail to Wessex and the rest of the country.
Aer Lingus Aurigny
Blue Islands British Airways
Eastern Airways Easy Jet
Fly BEA KLM
There are many buses that connect Southampton Airport and Southampton as well as several other places
There are normally plenty of taxis available at the airport. Book and pay for one at the taxi desk in the Arrivals Hall and your taxi will pick you up outside the terminal. How easy is that!!!
Hire cars available. There is a dedicated car hire building and most of the most popular car hire firms are available.
There are three car parks at the airport. Short stay, blue badge and priority parking are closest to the terminal and spaces can be booked. There is a prebooked long stay car park and a long stay car park. The car park map can be found here.
National Express coach services can be found in Southampton itself in Harbour Parade. There are connections to Southampton International Airport.
Southampton airport railway station is Southampton Parkway. Just next door!!! Trains to the City Centre, the lovely Wessex cities of Winchester, Bournemouth and Portsmouth. Also trains to Reading and London Waterloo.
The Portsmouth road. Quite a short motorway only about 25 miles long. Runs from Cadnum to Portsmouth.
Signs may say Eastleigh Airport on approach when you are coming back, this is Southampton International airport.
Why not try a tour round from and back to Southampton International Airport? It is a very pleasant idea. Hire a car and take delivery at the airport. Drive to the Isle of Wight Ferry at Terminal 1 which is Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road. Take the car and yourselves to East Cowes for a day or two trip round the Island. Finish up at Ryde perhaps for a trip back to Portsmouth to have a look at the Historic Dockyard and onwards to the New Forest, or finish at Yarmouth for a trip back to Lymington and the New Forest that way.
Travel over to Bournemouth and Weymouth, two delightful Dorset seaside towns. Then let the car wander along the Jurassic Coast stopping when the mood takes. Lyme Regis is the Pearl of Dorset. Continue over the border into Devon to visit Exeter, the English Riviera towns of Paignton, Brixham and Torquay then on to Plymouth.
Two choices now, go on round the coast of Cornwall or travel from the south to the north of Devon through beautiful Devon farmland and Dartmoor to the delightful town of Ilfracombe.
Cross the Somerset border and visit Weston Super Mare, Cheddar Gorge and Burrington Combe. On up to Bristol on the edge of the county. Come back down to Bath and Wells and Glastonbury to see if there are any UFO's or visit the Festival.
Come back again, there is so much more to see!!!!
It is probable that the runway is built over a site of a Roman villa.
During the First World War the United States Navy used the area. Afterwards it was a transit camp for Russian refugees. Southampton Corporation bought the land in 1932 and the site became Southampton Municipal airport.
History was made at the airport when in 1936 the first test flights of the famous Spitfire Supermarine aircraft were made from here. That almost life size model of a Spitfire on the approach road to Southampton airport is its commemoration.
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Accommodation near Southampton International Airport
As Southampton is a large port city there is plenty of accommodation available.
The airport is actually situated in Eastleigh so accommodation may be preferred there.
As always though it is advisable to book.
If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express. They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.
Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!
Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!
Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.