Bournemouth Airport on track for 1m passengers in 2024

Exterior view of Bournemouth Airport.
Photo Credit: Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport is projecting that it will handle more than one million passengers in 2024. The announcement comes as major low-cost carrier Ryanair confirms its 19th destination from the airport.

Ryanair adds Agadir, Morocco

Come April 1, Ryanair will commence twice-weekly flights to the sun-kissed destination of Agadir in Morocco.

This strategic addition to the network marks a significant leap, offering travelers more choices and further bolstering Bournemouth Airport’s position as a pivotal travel hub.

Recognizing the surge in passenger numbers, Regional and City Airports, the proud owners of Bournemouth Airport, are not leaving anything to chance.

A robust investment of over £5 million is being funneled into new facilities, cutting-edge equipment, skilled personnel, and comprehensive training programs.


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Staff hold up travel signs in front of an aircraft at Bournemouth Airport.
Photo Credit: Bournemouth Airport May 2023.

Ryanair’s Successful 2023 Season

The groundwork for this expansion was laid during Ryanair’s 2023 season. The airline’s decision to base a second aircraft at Bournemouth Airport led to a remarkable 30% increase in weekly flights, reaching an impressive 120.

The resounding success of this strategic move set the stage for the forthcoming surge in passenger numbers.

TUI Joins the Flight

TUI, the renowned tour operator, is not lagging behind. In 2024, they are set to add a second aircraft at Bournemouth, providing an additional 60,000 seats—a substantial 33% increase compared to 2023.

With 14 destinations on their roster, TUI is poised to enhance frequency on multiple routes, further elevating Bournemouth’s status as a key travel hub.

Exceeding One Million Passengers

The combined efforts of Ryanair and TUI are steering Bournemouth Airport towards an extraordinary milestone.

In 2024, the airport anticipates surpassing one million passengers, a feat not accomplished since 2008.

Steve Gill, the managing director of Bournemouth Airport, expresses confidence in this projection, emphasizing the airport’s dedication to offering diverse destinations and an exceptional passenger experience.

Transformations Unveiled

As part of the £5 million investment program, passengers can look forward to several enhancements within the terminal.

Notable improvements include an upgraded security search area with advanced scanning equipment, eliminating restrictions on liquids and the need to remove electronics from bags.

An additional baggage retrieval area, a new airport information desk, improved baggage screening, more Border Force desks in Arrivals, and enhanced queuing systems are among the many upgrades planned.

Steve Gill acknowledges the inconveniences these improvements may cause but assures passengers that the majority of the work will be completed during the quieter winter months, expressing gratitude for their patience.


Bournemouth Airport, with its expanded network, now boasts an impressive 36 destinations. The commitment to exceptional service is evident, as the airport was ranked among the top three in the UK for customer service in 2023.

Furthermore, the airport has received accolades for its quality service catering to disabled and less mobile passengers.

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