Southampton airport is gearing up for an expanded summer schedule after recording double-digit passenger growth in March.
The Hampshire airport handled 148,000 passengers last month, up 14% on the same month in 2014.
International passengers increased by 8% and domestic passengers were 17% up.
Destinations showing the highest year-on-year growth included Aberdeen, Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle, Belfast and Manchester within the UK and Dublin, Amsterdam, Lleida (Pyrenees), Grenoble, La Rochelle and Faro internationally.
This summer sees the introduction of four new destinations with a daily service to Antwerp by VLM from April 23, Milan from May 16 and Corsica from May 24 by Flybe and Lorient by Eastern Airways in July and August. Thomas Cook, Thomson, First Choice and Prestige start programmes from Southampton airport next month.
The airport was acquired last year from the owner of Heathrow along with Aberdeen and Glasgow airports. It is now owned by ASG Airports, a partnership between airport owners and investors Macquarie and Ferrovial
Southampton airport managing director, Dave Lees, said: “Our passengers have been making the most of the final weeks of snow; heading for the Pyrenees and Alps on ski breaks. Southampton Airport is now gearing up for an eventful summer season with several exciting new destination being launched in the coming weeks.”
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