SOU: Southampton Airport - Guide, Terminal map, lounges, bars & restaurants
Southampton Airport Guide
The amazing thing about Southampton is that it is like an airport should be, but so rarely is. The delight - and indeed one of the main talking points - of Southampton airport is how easy it is to get to on the train. You can walk from the fast, mainline, train to check-in in less than 60 seconds, and to the plane in about 2 minutes. There is a decent café, and even a Business Class lounge.
Shopping after security is limited to a pretty standard World Duty Free shop and a WHSmiths. There is a post box opposite the terminal building landside. Stamps can be purchased from WH Smith.
There is free wifi and the first 30 minutes of Wi-Fi internet use is free of charge.
Southampton has a surprisingly large number of direct flights to useful places. Sadly, British Airways pulled out of Southampton in 2007 and handed flights to Flybe, who in turn have cut down on routes, but there are several direct flights a day to Edinburgh, which is the most popular destination, Glasgow, Jersey, Guernsey, Manchester, Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris. Winter flights to the Austrian Alps are complemented by Palma in the summer.
Nearly two million passengers a year use Southampton; however it can't expand much more or take larger aircraft as part of a London overspill, due to the very short 5,600 foot runway, which cannot be extended thanks to the M27 motorway being built right at the bottom of the perimeter.
The airport was used by Supermarine in 1936 to test the Spitfire - a novelty is the near full-scale model Supermarine Spitfire prototype K5054 at the front entrance to Southampton Airport. Despite the number of large jets which use the airport, it is also still open for civil aviation and training flights.
First & Business Class lounges at Southampton Airport
Southampton Airport transport
Southampton Airport trainThe delight - and indeed one of the main talking points - of Southampton airport is how easy it is to get to on the train.
Southampton Airport is next to Southampton Airport Parkway Train Station and boasts one of the fastest 'plane to train' connections of any European airport.
Southampton Airport shuttle bus servicesFirst Group operates regular bus services to Southampton Airport from Southampton city centre.
Uni-link run the U1C bus direct to Southampton University, the city centre and the ferry terminal every 15 minutes. The journey takes 40 minutes and costs £2.
Southampton Airport taxi servicesGetting a taxi to and from Southampton Airport is usually trouble free. A desk for Checker Cars is located on the main concourse, opposite the arrivals hall. The 20-minute ride to central Southampton costs around £15.
Car Hire at Southampton AirportMajor car hire operators are located in the Arrivals Halls. To save time and ensure you get the car you want, book your rental in advance. Rental car operators from Southampton Airport include: Europcar, Thrifty, Avis and Budget.
To get to the airport from central Southampton, head north onto Thomas Lewis Way (A335) and then onto Stoneham Way, which leads directly to the airport.
Southampton Airport is located a short distance from Junction 5 of the M27 motorway. The M3 motorway is also less than 1 mile away from the airport, providing fast routes to Basingstoke and London, and via the A34 to Oxford and the Midlands.
Southampton Airport HotelThere are no on-site hotels at Southampton Airport, however the Wessex Hotel in Winchester is only a ten minute train ride away.
Southampton Airport Left LuggageSouthampton airport luggage storage is handled by a company called Servisair, which has a left-luggage desk (tel: 0844 481 7777) in the check-in area; this also handles lost property enquiries.
Car parkingSouthampton airport car parking is quite good.
The short-term car park is directly opposite the terminal, and it only costs a tenner a day. The walk to the terminal at best takes two minutes.
Southampton Airport Bars and Restaurants
The Olive TreeOpen: 0500-2200 Airside
The main after security bar is the Olive Tree.
Light and bright, it is located is a really odd place: indeed, many people may not know that it's there at all.
To find it, head through duty free, and then up the strange wiggly staircase right by the main gates. If it seems odd, that's because it is. The space it occupies was designed as airport offices, and was laterly changed to an airside area.
It has a pretty good drinks menu. The wine list is particularly extensive, the food menu less so, being mainly wraps and sandwiches.
The Globe Bar & KitchenOpen: 0800-2200 Landside
There is just one main pub at Southampton Airport landside.
The Globe kitchen and bar is before security, and has a decent food section too. The hot cooked English is recommended.