Eastleigh Airport’s busy departure terminal was deserted this evening as air travellers heeded warnings to stay away due to the Icelandic Volcanic Ash cloud which was drifting over Britain. Every single flight was cancelled and there was just 6 staff on the check in desks handling phone calls while two retail workers replenished the shelves at W.H. Smith.
“As soon as we have finished this we are off home” one said.
Airport officials have announced that flights will not resume until at 1 pm Friday afternoon.
This year, Eastleigh Airport will be celebrating it’s 100th birthday. It is known as Eastleigh Airport becasue its entire perimeter is located within the Eastleigh boundary.
The original hangers were built in 1918 by the USNAF who flew bombing missions on U boat bases in Zeebrugge and Ostend in what became known as the ‘Battle of Eastleigh’.
In 1935 the Airport became an RAF station – called RAF Eastleigh.