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Southampton Airport welcomes 500,000 passengers in three months
5:00pm Monday 12th August 2013 in Hampshire Business
MORE than half a million passengers travelled through Southampton Airport during May to July.
Latest figures show that the airport has seen the largest rate of growth since 2008 as more people take holidays overseas compared to the same period last year.
It saw a 5.5 per cent increase in passenger numbers from May to July this year compared to the same period in 2012.
Overall the airport saw an 8.5 per cent increase in passenger numbers in July compared to last year.
Summer sun routes are providing popular with Malaga, Alicante, Faro and Palma showing the biggest increase in passenger numbers.
Jersey and Alderney are enjoying an upward trend as holidaymakers choose to fly to the Channel Islands for a summer break.
Amsterdam, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paris are proving to be increasing popular city break destinations for Southampton passengers compared to the same period in 2012.
Dave Lees, Southampton Airport managing director, said: “We've seen some very positive trends recently as passenger numbers steadily rise.
“A combination of increased flights to some of our popular sun routes, some competitive pricing and offers from our airlines and tour operators, and the long, cold winter may all have contributed to the increase in holidays.”
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