There is a double dose of good news for Southampton Airport not only is it celebrating winning the title of ‘Top UK Airport’ in the 2014 Wanderlust Readers’ Travel Awards, but figures just released show that passenger numbers for 2013 are up by 1.7%.
Thousands of readers of the national Wanderlust Magazine voted for Southampton Airport as their favourite.
The awards ceremony took place at the Destinations Show in Earls Court.
Southampton Airport ranked top for UK Airports with a satisfaction rating of 87.5%. pipping London City to the prize.
Final positions were based on an average score for the entry, converted to a percentage – meaning that the award was based on all-important satisfaction levels rather than the number of votes.
Managing Director Dave Lees said in a statement:
“The respected award of Top UK Airport is a great credit to the brilliant team that we have working at Southampton Airport, who have a real focus on customer service. It is particularly meaningful because the award is based on the impartial opinions of well-travelled people and I’d like to thank all of our passengers who took the time to vote.”
Next Tuesday’s meeting of Southampton will hear how the airport’s passenger numbers have risen 1.7% last year reversing a downward trend since the boom ended.
There were 1,722,989 passengers flying from Eastleigh last year.
This is still 12.5% down from the 1,966,578 who travelled in 2007, but last August’s passenger numbers were particularly good and this year’s increase points to an upturn in the wider local economy.