Southampton Airport is located in both Southampton and Eastleigh, Hampshire. It is 4 miles north north-east of central Southampton.
Southampton Airport Map
It is owned by AGS Airports and operated by Southampton International Airport Ltd.
The first test flight of the Supermarine Spitfire took place at the airport on 5 March 1936, an event commemorated in 2004 by the erection of a two-thirds size sculpture of K5054, the prototype Spitfire, at the road entrance.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
Southampton Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 120.230 (Solent)
Radar - 122.730
Tower - 118.205
ATIS - 130.880
Pioneer pilot Edwin Rowland Moon used the meadows belonging to North Stoneham Farm as a take-off and landing spot for his monoplane, Moonbeam Mk II in 1910. Forces from the United States Navy arrived in 1917, during World War I, and work on the building of hangars began. After the war, the site became a transit camp for refugees, mainly Russian, who wished to sail to America from the port of Southampton.
In 1932, Southampton Corporation purchased the site and it became Southampton Municipal Airport. By 1935, part of the site was being used by the RAF and was briefly known as RAF Eastleigh before it became RAF Southampton in 1936. Also in 1936, Supermarine opened a flight test facility on the site and built a large new Flight Shed at the south end of the aerodrome in 1937-38 and construction of the vast Cunliffe-Owen Aircraft factory between this and Wide Lane soon followed. The first test flight of the Supermarine Spitfire took place at the airport on 5 March 1936, an event commemorated in 2004 by the erection of a two-thirds size sculpture of K5054, the prototype Spitfire, at the road entrance. The military site was transferred to naval command in 1939 and renamed HMS Raven, and spent most of the war in a ground and air training role for the Royal Navy. It passed back into civilian ownership in April 1946.
In 1959, Southampton (Eastleigh) Airport was purchased by racing pilot J.N. 'Nat' Somers, who laid the foundation for the regional airport that exists today by building the concrete runway in 1963 and negotiating with British Rail to build Southampton Airport Parkway railway station next to the airport. In 1993, construction of a new terminal began after an investment of £27 million by Heathrow Airport Holdings.
In September 2019, the airport announced plans to extend its runway north by 170m to allow it to support larger aircraft which would enable longer routes. The airport stated aims to increase passenger numbers from 2 million to 5 million by 2037. The managing director for Southampton Airport claimed that if the runway extension is not approved, the airport may have to close in 2021.
Getting to Southampton Airport
There is easy access for all major travel routes as Southampton Airport is situated to the north of Southampton, just off J5 on the M27 and very near the M3. For those using a Sat Nav please enter the postcode SO18 2NL
Southampton Airport has a dedicated mainline railway station, Southampton Airport Parkway. It is on the South West Main Line from London Waterloo (66 minutes away) to Winchester (15 minutes away), Southampton (city centre about 7 minutes away), Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth, with a fast and frequent service to those places. The station is a 60-second walk from the terminal, one of the closest airport links in Europe.
Unilink buses run to Southampton city centre every 10–15 minutes throughout the day and take about 45 minutes; taxis are available outside Arrivals.
Long Stay Parking is located at Southampton Airport with a free 5 minute bus shuttle to the terminal. Short Stay Parking is close to the terminal with only a 1 - 3 minute walk.
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