Southampton International Airport

Southampton Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Southampton Airport is the 20th largest airport in the UK.
  • Southampton Airport is owned by BAA.
  • Southampton Airport is located in the county of Hampshire.
  • Passenger numbers decreased slightly at Southampton Airport in 2010.
  • Southampton Airport has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence.

Southampton Airport Mini Guide

Southampton Airport has had a fascinating history which started when it was reputedly built on the remains of a Roman Vila. The airport then played host to many American military troops during the First World War before becoming a haven for some of the refugees from that conflict. By the time of the onset of the Second World War, Spitfire fighter planes were being tested at Southampton Airport.

Southampton Airport

It is possible to fly from Southampton Airport to a number of domestic and United Kingdom destinations as well as cities in Europe. The Irish airline Aer Arann has flights to Cork, Thomson Airways has flights to Palma de Mallorca and the Isles of Scilly Skybus has flights to the Isles of Scilly, though these routes are all seasonal. Regular flights take place with Air France to Paris Charles de Gaulle, while Aurigny Air Services and Blue Islands have flights to Alderney.

The most prolific airline in terms of destinations is Flybe which can get you from Southampton airport to many major European cities including Amsterdam, Malaga and Salzburg. Along with Eastern Airways, Flybe has flights to domestic cities such as Newcastle and Leeds Bradford. Southampton is owned by BAA, but BAA is in turn owned by the Spanish Ferrovial Group.

southampton airport car hire

Pick up your Rhino car rental opposite Southampton terminal near the short stay car park. We will be represented by the major car companies Avis, Hertz, National, Alamo and Enterprise Rent a Car.

Latest Update from Southampton Airport:

29/04/13 - Flybe operate the vast majority of flights at Southampton Airport and this summer resume their flight to the Isle of Man and begin a new route to Grenoble.

Driving in Southampton Airport

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    Road Driving Side

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    Rural Speed Limit

  • 70mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    Currency

  • 25

    Min Rental Age

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    Tolls

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Southampton Airport (SOU) is situated in the Borough of Eastleigh. It serves around 50 destinations around the world with about 900 flights. There are more than one and a half million passengers who use Southampton Airport on a regular basis and when they arrive they can choose rental vehicles to make the short journey to the city centre.

Southampton airport is a hub for Flybe and so is a good place to get low cost flights into England. You can combine these flights with cheap car hire in Southampton Airport to travel wherever you want within Great Britain. 

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