Last week, UK regional Loganair celebrated the carriage of its 350,000th customer through Southampton Airport.
The UK’s largest regional airline served up a free surprise flight to passenger Rachel Emmerson to commemorate the milestone, as she prepared to depart to Glasgow.
Rachel serves in the Armed Forces as Commanding Officer of Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities’ Officer Training Corps and regularly flies to Southampton to visit her partner Colin.
She said: “I wasn’t expecting the call that I would be the milestone passenger but I’m a frequent flyer on this route so I’ll certainly be redeeming this voucher soon on my next visit to Southampton.”
“This service works well for me and it’s an added bonus that Loganair has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and offers an armed forces discount fare.”
Loganair flies from Southampton to five destinations including Aberdeen and Stornoway on a one-stop same aircraft service.
From July, Loganair will increase the number of flights from Southampton to Newcastle up to three per day, Glasgow up to five per day and Edinburgh up to five per day offering a staggering amount of choice for customers wishing to access Scotland and the North-East of England.
Christopher Tibbett, Head of Airline Relations & Marketing at Southampton Airport said:“It’s really exciting to see Loganair hit yet another passenger milestone in Southampton.”
“Only having started operations from the airport in 2020, Loganair has grown rapidly, providing ever-greater choice of fast and convenient options for South Coast travellers to reach all corners of the UK.”
Luke Lovegrove, Loganair’s chief commercial officer said: “We are expecting a bumper summer at Southampton this year, so it’s great to see such a fantastic milestone reached.”
“Southampton offers a great alternative to the London airports and has excellent connectivity to the wider region with the train station literally just meters from the terminal building.
“Rachel is one of many thousands of valued customers who are taking advantage of our connections in the region, and we look forward to welcoming her onboard another of our high frequency services between Southampton and Glasgow in the future.”
Loganair and Southampton Airport
Southampton Airport is an international airport located in both Eastleigh and Southampton, Hampshire, in the United Kingdom. The airport is located 3.5 nautical miles (6.5 km; 4.0 mi) north-north-east of central Southampton.
The southern tip of the runway lies within the Southampton unitary authority boundary with most of the airport, including all of the terminal buildings, within the Borough of Eastleigh.
Southampton Airport is the 12th busiest airport in the United Kingdom by passenger traffic.
In 2014, Loganair announced that it would be expanding its operations at Southampton Airport with the introduction of new routes to Belfast City and Jersey. The airline also announced that it would be increasing the frequency of its flights to the Isle of Man.
The expansion of Loganair’s operations at Southampton Airport was welcomed by local businesses and tourism officials, who said that the new routes would help to boost the local economy.
Since 2014, Loganair has continued to grow its operations at Southampton Airport. In 2017, the airline announced that it would be introducing new routes to Orkney and Shetland.
Loganair also announced that it would be increasing the frequency of its flights to the Isle of Man. The continued growth of Loganair’s operations at Southampton Airport is a testament to the popularity of the airline and the strength of the local economy.