Bournemouth Airport set to see 8.3% growth in passenger numbers for 2012/13

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PASSENGER numbers at Bournemouth Airport are set to rise this year although will not meet the giddy heights of former years.

Paul Knight, managing director of the airport at Hurn, revealed the figures at a recent meeting, saying March was a challenging month, with numbers originally down on budget due to the later start of the Ryanair operation mid-month.

But for 2012/13, it was anticipated that the full year passenger numbers would stand at 672,033, representing an 8.3% growth on the previous year’s figures of 619,727.

And the airport is expecting a five per cent growth in passenger numbers for 2013/14.

This still falls short of those seen in 2007 when Bournemouth Airport breached the 1 million passenger mark.

Since then, the airport, which is owned by Manchester Airports Group, has undergone a £47million transformation, with new departures and arrivals terminals as well as other developments.

At the meeting Mr Knight said Bournemouth hoped to benefit from deals arising from MAG’s purchase of London Stansted Airport.

The team are working closely with Dorset LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) to encourage more overseas visitors to come visit the area, as the majority of passengers using the airport are still outbound to various destinations.

Mr Knight said the figures were pleasing, especially as smaller regional airports in particular continue to face challenging economic times.

“It also gives us a positive outlook for the next 12 months, when we hope to keep passenger numbers moving in the right direction”, he said.

“Looking ahead to summer, the aircraft flying out of Bournemouth are attracting good passenger load factors, with many airlines and tour operators reporting an increase in holiday bookings compared to last year.

“And from July, Aer Lingus will increase its Dublin service to six per week, enabling passengers to not only pre-clear US customs at Dublin, but also opening up connecting onward flights to the likes of New York, Boston and Chicago.

“Added to this we continue to look at new opportunities and aim to bring even more destinations in the coming year, which our new state-of-the-art and environmentally-friendly passenger facilities are well-placed to receive.”

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9:18am Thu 18 Apr 13

Old Colonial says...

Well, that's another Press Release aimed at shareholders copied & pasted. Beats real reporting doesn't it.
Well, that's another Press Release aimed at shareholders copied & pasted. Beats real reporting doesn't it. Old Colonial
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9:23am Thu 18 Apr 13

mudeford7 says...

Abolish the drop off and pickup charges and you might see the figures improve. I do use Ryan Air a lot as his fares are very good and you can be in Girona in two hours . now the debit card or credit card charges are fairer. Bournemouth Airport is a good airport to use
Abolish the drop off and pickup charges and you might see the figures improve. I do use Ryan Air a lot as his fares are very good and you can be in Girona in two hours . now the debit card or credit card charges are fairer. Bournemouth Airport is a good airport to use mudeford7
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9:34am Thu 18 Apr 13

skydriver says...

mudeford7 wrote:
Abolish the drop off and pickup charges and you might see the figures improve. I do use Ryan Air a lot as his fares are very good and you can be in Girona in two hours . now the debit card or credit card charges are fairer. Bournemouth Airport is a good airport to use
Very well said I'm with you on this one.
[quote][p][bold]mudeford7[/bold] wrote: Abolish the drop off and pickup charges and you might see the figures improve. I do use Ryan Air a lot as his fares are very good and you can be in Girona in two hours . now the debit card or credit card charges are fairer. Bournemouth Airport is a good airport to use[/p][/quote]Very well said I'm with you on this one. skydriver
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9:40am Thu 18 Apr 13

High Treason says...

Of course the passenger numbers will increase. Everyone is living the good life. Big pay rises, zero inflation and loads of leisure time.
But then again it could be BA propaganda.
Of course the passenger numbers will increase. Everyone is living the good life. Big pay rises, zero inflation and loads of leisure time. But then again it could be BA propaganda. High Treason
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9:55am Thu 18 Apr 13

Hessenford says...

Nothing to cheer about, if numbers were over one million in 2007 how is this an increase, by my reckoning its 400,000 down.
Nothing to cheer about, if numbers were over one million in 2007 how is this an increase, by my reckoning its 400,000 down. Hessenford
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10:23am Thu 18 Apr 13

Scoty2hotty says...

They must all be getting on that plane that starts up at 05:30 every morning as its very rare to see any planes coming or going these days?
They must all be getting on that plane that starts up at 05:30 every morning as its very rare to see any planes coming or going these days? Scoty2hotty
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11:41am Thu 18 Apr 13

dvdr says...

What marvellously clear foresight Mr Knight must have, to be able to predict to the nearest units digit in nearly 700,000 the expected passenger numbers over a period of a year!
What marvellously clear foresight Mr Knight must have, to be able to predict to the nearest units digit in nearly 700,000 the expected passenger numbers over a period of a year! dvdr
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12:39pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Dean Park says...

skydriver wrote:
mudeford7 wrote: Abolish the drop off and pickup charges and you might see the figures improve. I do use Ryan Air a lot as his fares are very good and you can be in Girona in two hours . now the debit card or credit card charges are fairer. Bournemouth Airport is a good airport to use
Very well said I'm with you on this one.
I absolutely agree!
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mudeford7[/bold] wrote: Abolish the drop off and pickup charges and you might see the figures improve. I do use Ryan Air a lot as his fares are very good and you can be in Girona in two hours . now the debit card or credit card charges are fairer. Bournemouth Airport is a good airport to use[/p][/quote]Very well said I'm with you on this one.[/p][/quote]I absolutely agree! Dean Park
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1:08pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Arthur Maureen says...

Dean Park wrote:
skydriver wrote:
mudeford7 wrote: Abolish the drop off and pickup charges and you might see the figures improve. I do use Ryan Air a lot as his fares are very good and you can be in Girona in two hours . now the debit card or credit card charges are fairer. Bournemouth Airport is a good airport to use
Very well said I'm with you on this one.
I absolutely agree!
They won't abolish the fees for pick ups, and you'll still fly from there..
[quote][p][bold]Dean Park[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mudeford7[/bold] wrote: Abolish the drop off and pickup charges and you might see the figures improve. I do use Ryan Air a lot as his fares are very good and you can be in Girona in two hours . now the debit card or credit card charges are fairer. Bournemouth Airport is a good airport to use[/p][/quote]Very well said I'm with you on this one.[/p][/quote]I absolutely agree![/p][/quote]They won't abolish the fees for pick ups, and you'll still fly from there.. Arthur Maureen
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2:59pm Thu 18 Apr 13

susi.m says...

skydriver wrote:
mudeford7 wrote:
Abolish the drop off and pickup charges and you might see the figures improve. I do use Ryan Air a lot as his fares are very good and you can be in Girona in two hours . now the debit card or credit card charges are fairer. Bournemouth Airport is a good airport to use
Very well said I'm with you on this one.
And I am. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth every time I go to airport. £2.50 to drop off is almost theft. The airport management should be ashamed of themselves.
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mudeford7[/bold] wrote: Abolish the drop off and pickup charges and you might see the figures improve. I do use Ryan Air a lot as his fares are very good and you can be in Girona in two hours . now the debit card or credit card charges are fairer. Bournemouth Airport is a good airport to use[/p][/quote]Very well said I'm with you on this one.[/p][/quote]And I am. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth every time I go to airport. £2.50 to drop off is almost theft. The airport management should be ashamed of themselves. susi.m
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4:02pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Tony7 says...

I will fly from there too ,but will spend no money in the airport.
I will fly from there too ,but will spend no money in the airport. Tony7
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4:21pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Bloss45 says...

susi.m wrote:
skydriver wrote:
mudeford7 wrote:
Abolish the drop off and pickup charges and you might see the figures improve. I do use Ryan Air a lot as his fares are very good and you can be in Girona in two hours . now the debit card or credit card charges are fairer. Bournemouth Airport is a good airport to use
Very well said I'm with you on this one.
And I am. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth every time I go to airport. £2.50 to drop off is almost theft. The airport management should be ashamed of themselves.
I could not agree more, Paul Knight seems to have no shame on this matter. I too will fly from there occasionally but will not spend money in the Airport.
[quote][p][bold]susi.m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mudeford7[/bold] wrote: Abolish the drop off and pickup charges and you might see the figures improve. I do use Ryan Air a lot as his fares are very good and you can be in Girona in two hours . now the debit card or credit card charges are fairer. Bournemouth Airport is a good airport to use[/p][/quote]Very well said I'm with you on this one.[/p][/quote]And I am. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth every time I go to airport. £2.50 to drop off is almost theft. The airport management should be ashamed of themselves.[/p][/quote]I could not agree more, Paul Knight seems to have no shame on this matter. I too will fly from there occasionally but will not spend money in the Airport. Bloss45
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4:54pm Thu 18 Apr 13

scrumpyjack says...

I am going to join in and moan over and over about an extra £2.50 on the cost of an entire holiday.

Then I am going to self-righteously state that I will not use the airport until it is removed.

I will argue with people and say 'no because of this £2.50 fee I am going to drive to Gatwick or Heathrow so I am'.

(and then I will see the cost and think about the parking and the extortionate cost (tax) of fuel I will actually use Bournemouth despite all I said).

Then the Echo will print a story about the airport and I will come on here and....

moan over and over about an extra £2.50 on the cost of an entire holiday.

Then I am going to self-righteously state that I will not use the airport until it is removed.

I will argue with people and say no because of this £2.50 fee I am going to drive to Gatwick or Heathrow so I am.

(and then I will see the cost and think about the parking and the extortionate cost (tax) of fuel and again I will actually use Bournemouth despite all I said because otherwise I would simply be biting the nose off my face for the price of a cup of coffee).

Repeat ad nauseum
I am going to join in and moan over and over about an extra £2.50 on the cost of an entire holiday. Then I am going to self-righteously state that I will not use the airport until it is removed. I will argue with people and say 'no because of this £2.50 fee I am going to drive to Gatwick or Heathrow so I am'. (and then I will see the cost and think about the parking and the extortionate cost (tax) of fuel I will actually use Bournemouth despite all I said). Then the Echo will print a story about the airport and I will come on here and.... moan over and over about an extra £2.50 on the cost of an entire holiday. Then I am going to self-righteously state that I will not use the airport until it is removed. I will argue with people and say no because of this £2.50 fee I am going to drive to Gatwick or Heathrow so I am. (and then I will see the cost and think about the parking and the extortionate cost (tax) of fuel and again I will actually use Bournemouth despite all I said because otherwise I would simply be biting the nose off my face for the price of a cup of coffee). Repeat ad nauseum scrumpyjack
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5:55pm Thu 18 Apr 13

skydriver says...

Em 8.3% that's a full 8 more pax a year, after spending all that cash on a refurbishment you would have expected more.
Just think,if that stupid drop off charge was removed a lot more would use the airport.
Are the airport owners that daft........yes I guess they are!
Em 8.3% that's a full 8 more pax a year, after spending all that cash on a refurbishment you would have expected more. Just think,if that stupid drop off charge was removed a lot more would use the airport. Are the airport owners that daft........yes I guess they are! skydriver
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6:08pm Thu 18 Apr 13

manana says...

We use the airport 3 times a year but never pay the drop off/pick up charge and never buy anything in the overpriced shops. To me its just a flying bus stop.
We use the airport 3 times a year but never pay the drop off/pick up charge and never buy anything in the overpriced shops. To me its just a flying bus stop. manana
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6:53pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Tjones:) says...

we are flying sun to spain but not happy about paying the drop off charges as we are going in 2 cabs thats £5 before we start
we are flying sun to spain but not happy about paying the drop off charges as we are going in 2 cabs thats £5 before we start Tjones:)
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9:06pm Thu 18 Apr 13

twynham says...

It's not just the drop off/pick up fee, which I have been moaning about since it's inception.
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The price for mediocre food & drinks has increased far beyond other airports I use in Europe.
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I have just returned from Palma, 2 hr flight £21.99, 1 minutes parking (to buy ticket) £2.50.
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The consequence of this is the only thing I bought at the airport when I left was a 90p bottle of water for £1.80.
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Previously I would have bought a beer and a snack before I left; the psychological effect of these increases should have been obvious to any marketing manager who uses airports around Europe.
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I won't stop using the airport, in fact going to Faro next month because Ryanair make it affordable, but I won't buy food at the airport anymore than I would on a Ryaniar plane.
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At least Ryanair give me a good deal.
It's not just the drop off/pick up fee, which I have been moaning about since it's inception. . The price for mediocre food & drinks has increased far beyond other airports I use in Europe. . I have just returned from Palma, 2 hr flight £21.99, 1 minutes parking (to buy ticket) £2.50. . The consequence of this is the only thing I bought at the airport when I left was a 90p bottle of water for £1.80. . Previously I would have bought a beer and a snack before I left; the psychological effect of these increases should have been obvious to any marketing manager who uses airports around Europe. . I won't stop using the airport, in fact going to Faro next month because Ryanair make it affordable, but I won't buy food at the airport anymore than I would on a Ryaniar plane. . At least Ryanair give me a good deal. twynham
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9:20pm Thu 18 Apr 13

P Barker says...

Wow an 8% increase....after years of falling by 40%
Wow an 8% increase....after years of falling by 40% P Barker
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10:00pm Thu 18 Apr 13

scrumpyjack says...

Tjones:) wrote:
we are flying sun to spain but not happy about paying the drop off charges as we are going in 2 cabs thats £5 before we start
So how much a head?

£1? Less?

FFS.
[quote][p][bold]Tjones:)[/bold] wrote: we are flying sun to spain but not happy about paying the drop off charges as we are going in 2 cabs thats £5 before we start[/p][/quote]So how much a head? £1? Less? FFS. scrumpyjack
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10:37pm Thu 18 Apr 13

alasdair1967 says...

As soon as a story is published about travel and hurn it always turns into a debate over the drop of fee mmmgh let me think £5 or the drive to gatwick the parking costs at gatwick the delays at gatwick the hassle at gatwick ,the drive home from gatwick if there is a departure from Bournemouth going to my chosen destination then I will use Bournemouth every single time never ever been delayed flying from Bournemouth and when I return I know full well I will be home in 20 mins with kettle on small price to pay £5 for that luxury ,
As soon as a story is published about travel and hurn it always turns into a debate over the drop of fee mmmgh let me think £5 or the drive to gatwick the parking costs at gatwick the delays at gatwick the hassle at gatwick ,the drive home from gatwick if there is a departure from Bournemouth going to my chosen destination then I will use Bournemouth every single time never ever been delayed flying from Bournemouth and when I return I know full well I will be home in 20 mins with kettle on small price to pay £5 for that luxury , alasdair1967
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7:57am Fri 19 Apr 13

skydriver says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
As soon as a story is published about travel and hurn it always turns into a debate over the drop of fee mmmgh let me think £5 or the drive to gatwick the parking costs at gatwick the delays at gatwick the hassle at gatwick ,the drive home from gatwick if there is a departure from Bournemouth going to my chosen destination then I will use Bournemouth every single time never ever been delayed flying from Bournemouth and when I return I know full well I will be home in 20 mins with kettle on small price to pay £5 for that luxury ,
Principle, that's what these folk are saying.
Yes I would rather fly from elsewhere than pay this .
I have noticed people walk from the main road to avoid the charge.
We will one day get through to these people who think they are right.Moreover this GM should be ousted, fresh blood brought in with fresh ideas, and it's not all about fleecing the traveling public.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: As soon as a story is published about travel and hurn it always turns into a debate over the drop of fee mmmgh let me think £5 or the drive to gatwick the parking costs at gatwick the delays at gatwick the hassle at gatwick ,the drive home from gatwick if there is a departure from Bournemouth going to my chosen destination then I will use Bournemouth every single time never ever been delayed flying from Bournemouth and when I return I know full well I will be home in 20 mins with kettle on small price to pay £5 for that luxury ,[/p][/quote]Principle, that's what these folk are saying. Yes I would rather fly from elsewhere than pay this . I have noticed people walk from the main road to avoid the charge. We will one day get through to these people who think they are right.Moreover this GM should be ousted, fresh blood brought in with fresh ideas, and it's not all about fleecing the traveling public. skydriver
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9:51am Fri 19 Apr 13

scrumpyjack says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
As soon as a story is published about travel and hurn it always turns into a debate over the drop of fee mmmgh let me think £5 or the drive to gatwick the parking costs at gatwick the delays at gatwick the hassle at gatwick ,the drive home from gatwick if there is a departure from Bournemouth going to my chosen destination then I will use Bournemouth every single time never ever been delayed flying from Bournemouth and when I return I know full well I will be home in 20 mins with kettle on small price to pay £5 for that luxury ,
Dear god man have you no principles??

Of course that would be the easy thing to do.

Oh no, much better off sticking to your prinicples and adding 3 hours each way travel time (clear run) and another £60 worth of fuel and be forced to pay parking even if you live within a taxi ride of Bournemouth because that will show 'em.

Oh yes that'll show them. The fools.

They'll be begging for me to be go back to using Bournemouth you mark my words. Watch this space...
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: As soon as a story is published about travel and hurn it always turns into a debate over the drop of fee mmmgh let me think £5 or the drive to gatwick the parking costs at gatwick the delays at gatwick the hassle at gatwick ,the drive home from gatwick if there is a departure from Bournemouth going to my chosen destination then I will use Bournemouth every single time never ever been delayed flying from Bournemouth and when I return I know full well I will be home in 20 mins with kettle on small price to pay £5 for that luxury ,[/p][/quote]Dear god man have you no principles?? Of course that would be the easy thing to do. Oh no, much better off sticking to your prinicples and adding 3 hours each way travel time (clear run) and another £60 worth of fuel and be forced to pay parking even if you live within a taxi ride of Bournemouth because that will show 'em. Oh yes that'll show them. The fools. They'll be begging for me to be go back to using Bournemouth you mark my words. Watch this space... scrumpyjack
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2:14pm Fri 19 Apr 13

kingstonpaul says...

Lies, **** lies....

What thes numbers have omitted to say is that in the previous year 2011, passenger numbers dropped 18%. And the number of flights shrank as airlines dropped BOH from their schedules.

So even with this 8% increase, it's against a very low base the year before. It means the airport is still operating well below where it was two years ago.
Lies, **** lies.... What thes numbers have omitted to say is that in the previous year 2011, passenger numbers dropped 18%. And the number of flights shrank as airlines dropped BOH from their schedules. So even with this 8% increase, it's against a very low base the year before. It means the airport is still operating well below where it was two years ago. kingstonpaul
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9:34pm Fri 19 Apr 13

ragj195 says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
As soon as a story is published about travel and hurn it always turns into a debate over the drop of fee mmmgh let me think £5 or the drive to gatwick the parking costs at gatwick the delays at gatwick the hassle at gatwick ,the drive home from gatwick if there is a departure from Bournemouth going to my chosen destination then I will use Bournemouth every single time never ever been delayed flying from Bournemouth and when I return I know full well I will be home in 20 mins with kettle on small price to pay £5 for that luxury ,
Dear god man have you no principles??

Of course that would be the easy thing to do.

Oh no, much better off sticking to your prinicples and adding 3 hours each way travel time (clear run) and another £60 worth of fuel and be forced to pay parking even if you live within a taxi ride of Bournemouth because that will show 'em.

Oh yes that'll show them. The fools.

They'll be begging for me to be go back to using Bournemouth you mark my words. Watch this space...
Flying from another airport instead of Bournemouth because of the charge is such a stupid thing to do that I can only imagine the people who make these threats never actually follow them through.

To think that some people walk in to avoid the charge, then sit in the airport for a couple of hours refusing to by a drink. What I'd do to avoid going on holiday with them!
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: As soon as a story is published about travel and hurn it always turns into a debate over the drop of fee mmmgh let me think £5 or the drive to gatwick the parking costs at gatwick the delays at gatwick the hassle at gatwick ,the drive home from gatwick if there is a departure from Bournemouth going to my chosen destination then I will use Bournemouth every single time never ever been delayed flying from Bournemouth and when I return I know full well I will be home in 20 mins with kettle on small price to pay £5 for that luxury ,[/p][/quote]Dear god man have you no principles?? Of course that would be the easy thing to do. Oh no, much better off sticking to your prinicples and adding 3 hours each way travel time (clear run) and another £60 worth of fuel and be forced to pay parking even if you live within a taxi ride of Bournemouth because that will show 'em. Oh yes that'll show them. The fools. They'll be begging for me to be go back to using Bournemouth you mark my words. Watch this space...[/p][/quote]Flying from another airport instead of Bournemouth because of the charge is such a stupid thing to do that I can only imagine the people who make these threats never actually follow them through. To think that some people walk in to avoid the charge, then sit in the airport for a couple of hours refusing to by a drink. What I'd do to avoid going on holiday with them! ragj195
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