Holidays from Bournemouth
Bournemouth airport destinations
Within Britain you can fly from Bournemouth to Guernsey and Jersey. There are countless exciting destinations across Europe too, all accessible direct, including several Spanish cities, Turkish resorts and cities, various destinations in France, Greece, Eire, Croatia and Finland. You can fly direct to Portugal, the Canaries, Madeira and Switzerland plus Italy, Malta, Cyprus and Poland. Further afield, the airport handles flights to and from hot, exotic Barbados, Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, and New York in the USA.
Bournemouth airport basics
Bournemouth airport first opened its doors as RAF Hurn in 1941, home to Spitfires, Wellingtons and Typhoons. In June 2010 the new Departures terminal opened, after a huge redevelopment programme worth £45 million. The new terminal is twice as large as the original and in February 2011 the airport was voted the ‘most improved airport in Europe’ for customer satisfaction. In June the same year it won another award, this time from ACI Europe, for ‘Best Airport in Europe’ in the 1-5 million passenger category. A new Arrivals Terminal opened in 2011, Europe's first carbon neutral airport building.
There’s a good choice of places to eat and drink at Bournemouth airport including Estpresso for the best in Italian coffee, Joe’s Kitchen Coffee House and The Olive Tree café bar. There’s also a large duty free outlet and a WH Smith for all those last minute purchases. You can head for the departure lounge and enjoy state-of-the-art arcade-style game machines, change money at the Bath Travel outlet and even book flights and holidays at Bath Travel’s shop. There’s also free Wi-Fi access for up to 30 minutes in any 24 hour period, which can be used by all kinds of media devices within the terminal.
There’s an hourly airport shuttle bus service between the town centre and the airport that runs seven days a week, dropping off and picking up at the Travel Interchange, East Cliff, the Pier, the Square, the Aviation Business Park and Adventure Wonderland. Your journey time is 12 minutes. You can find out more here.
The airport is convenient for local trains to the mainline rail network. Bournemouth railway station is at the Travel Interchange, from where you can pick up an hourly shuttle bus (see above).
There are excellent road links to and from the airport, with journey times of just 75 minutes from the M25. You’ll find clear, frequent signposting to the airport, which is just off the A338. If you’re using SatNav the postal code is BH23 6SE.
More than twenty tour operators and airlines fly out of Bournemouth airport, to a broad choice of fabulous destinations both within the UK and abroad. Sovereign, Ryanair, Olympic, EasyJet and Aer Lingus / Aer Lingus Regional all fly from the airport. Look out for flights from a variety of popular tour operators including Omega Holidays, Atlantic Holidays, Bath Travel, Blue Islands and Classic Collection Holidays. There are flights from Thomson Holidays, Transun Travel, Cunard, Omega Holidays and Portland Direct. Plus Santa Vacations, First Choice, Prestige Holidays and Preston Holidays. So there’s every chance there’s something perfect for you!
Airport car parking
Car Park 1 is the most convenient, right next to the terminal building. Car Park 2 is run on a turn up and pay basis, and is within easy walking distance of the terminal. Bear in mind that Car Park 2 is closed for the winter - use Car Park 1 instead. There are dedicated parking spaces for Blue Badge holders in Car Park 1. All Bournemouth airport’s car parks have been awarded Park Mark security status, so your vehicle will be safe and secure.
There are good hotels in nearby towns including Ferndown about three miles from the airport, in Winkton, Christchurch, Boscombe, Burley, Saint Leonards and along the A338. Bournemouth itself is only four miles or so from the airport and, as a seaside town with a flourishing conference scene, is packed with great places to stay, from basic seafront B&Bs and smart guest houses to five star luxury hotels with wonderful channel views.
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Address and phone number
Bournemouth International Airport, Hurn, Christchurch, BH23 6SE UK Telephone 01202 364235