Bournemouth Airport (previously known as Hurn Airport) is located on the edge of Hurn village which is about 4 miles north north-east of Bournemouth in Dorset.
Bournemouth Airport Map
The owner and operator is Regional & City Airports (RCA).
The airport has a 200-acre industrial park, including offices and hangars and Babcock International Group has its Defence and Security offices located at the airport.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
Bournemouth Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 119.480
Radar - 119.480
Dir - 118.655
Tower - 125.605, 121.500
Ground - 121.705
ATIS - 133.730
The airfield was opened as RAF Hurn in 1941 and transferred to civil control in 1944. For a short period between 1944 and 1946, Hurn served as London's international airport, until the opening of facilities at Heathrow. Commercial services resumed in the late 1950s, with Palmair commencing flights to Palma, Majorca in October 1958.
Vickers-Armstrongs took over some ex-BOAC hangars at Hurn in 1951 and started production of Varsities, then Viscounts and eventually, as the British Aircraft Corporation, the BAC One-Eleven. During a 33-year period, 222 One-Elevens, 146 Varsities and 279 Viscounts were built and delivered from Hurn making a total of 647 produced at this site.
Some of the development of the ill-fated TSR-2 was also done here (although assembly and flight testing was carried out at Warton, Lancs), as well as the production of Jet Provost wings; other components were manufactured here for Concorde, the Panavia Tornado and Short Skyvan. The closure of the British Aerospace site in 1984 ended Bournemouth's role as a significant player in the aircraft manufacturing industry. The former aircraft factory now forms one of Dorset's largest industrial sites, including a base for Cobham plc.
Adjacent to the entrance to Bournemouth Airport was the College of Air Traffic Control, operated by NATS, the now privatised provider of air traffic control services in the UK. During 2011, NATS transferred ATC training to its headquarters facility at Whiteley near Southampton.
In 1969, the airport was purchased jointly by the Bournemouth Corporation and Dorset County Council and renamed as "Bournemouth Hurn Airport", later to become Bournemouth International Airport. The new owners decided to redevelop the facility as a commercial airport and, by 1980, the airport became used by charter airlines, when European Aviation began services.
In 1996, an extension to the main runway was officially opened by the arrival of Concorde. Since 2001, a Boeing 747SP has been based at the airport; it is used by the Royal Family of Qatar and other VIP government staff from the Middle East state of Qatar. In late 2001, Bournemouth Flying Club took the leap into full commercial flight training and established Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training on the former SFT site adjacent to the threshold for runway 08.
With the budget increased to £45 million in July 2008, upgrades will replace the arrivals terminal and upgrade the check-in and departure lounge areas. The number of aircraft stands will rise from four to 11. Christchurch Council and central government backed plans for the re-building of the airport terminal, increasing its size by 62%; work started in August 2007.
Getting to Bournemouth Airport
Bournemouth Airport is clearly signposted just off the A338 and the satnav postcode is BH23 6DF
. More info can be found here.
Bournemouth Airport conveniently connects to Bournemouth Train Station with excellent links to many destinations across the national rail network including Southampton and London.
Bournemouth Airport is covered by Yellow Buses service 737, which serves Bournemouth Square, Railway Station, Winton, Moordown, Northbourne and Parley Cross.
Car Parks include 'Premium Car Park 1 (1 to 3 mins transfer time), 'Car Park 2' (3 to 10 mins transfer time) and 'Car Park 3' (5 to 7 mins transfer time).
• More information on the official website