Home to the first test flight of the Spitfire, Southampton International Airport is located 6.5km (4 miles) northeast of Southampton in the Borough of Eastleigh. In 2008 the airport won the Airports Council International Airport People Award for its dedication to customer service and satisfaction, and in 2010, it served just over 1.7 million passengers.
Comprising one terminal building for both international and domestic flights, with adjacent short- and long-term parking lots, the airport’s runway is said to be built over the remains of a Roman villa.
Although small and lacking in shops and restaurants, Southampton International is generally efficient in terms of checking in, security and boarding. Moreover, its close proximity to a number of transport options makes it a breeze getting in and around the city of Southampton.
In general, Southampton International is a quick in-and-out airport. It’s small size makes it easy to navigate and its warm and friendly staff make it a pleasure to visit.