Thornton backs airport tourism role


Eastleigh’s MP Mike Thornton has visted Southampton Airport as part of English Tourism Week.

Thornton shadowed the Airport Duty Manager and its ‘Airport Ambassadors’ to get  a feel for the day-to-day operations of the airport and to see its award winning customer service in action.

Southampton Airport, has been the top performing airport in the UK over the last 12 months according to the independent Airport Service Quality industry survey.

Furthermore, Which? readers consistently voted Southampton Airport as one of the few 5 star airports in the UK – particularly in terms of check-in desk waiting times, bag drop waiting times, passport control and airport design.

English Tourism Week is a week-long celebration of events to kick start the main tourism season.

Jan Halliday, Director of Marketing & Communications, said that the t airport was working hard t to grow the amount of inbound tourists coming through the airport.

 “ We feel that this region has so much to offer people arriving from overseas and other parts of the UK. World-class attractions such as the new Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the developments at the Ageas Bowl, Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park, SeaCity Museum, Beaulieu, the New Forest and the city of Winchester make this area a fantastic English tourist destination.

Mike Thornton said

“ Tourism is big business here in Hampshire, supporting over 45,000 jobs and contributing £2.5 billion to the local economy, so it is quite right that we celebrate this ever- growing local industry. Whether it’s taking a stroll through Itchen Valley Country Park, sailing at Hamble Marina or exploring the ‘Strawberry Coast’ at Hamble Valley, Hampshire, and in particular Eastleigh Borough, has lots to offer.”