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Southampton Airport Expansion

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Southampton Airport is the 20th largest Airport in the United Kingdom, located in the borough of Eastleigh, Hampshire, England.   The Airport is near the M27 so has easy access, the airport is also adjacent to a nature reserve park called Itchen Valley Country Park and is also near to Princess Anne Hospital and Southampton General Hospital.   The airport also has railway transport to arrive at Southampton Airport, the Swathling station can be found just down the road but there is a Southampton Airport station right outside the Airport.

The airport's runway is reputed to be built over the remains of a Roman villa.
According to local history author John Edgar Mann's Book of the Stonehams the site's connection with aviation can be traced back to 1910 when pioneer pilot Eric Moon used the meadows belonging to North Stoneham Farm as a take-off and landing spot for his monoplane, Moonbeam Mk II.

Over time Southampton Airport has drastically improved, in the 1960’s Mr J. N. Somers bought the airport and a 1723 meters long runway was built. Almost 300,000 passengers passed through the airport within the first year of the new runway being built, these numbers then dropped during the 1970 recession, however a new air traffic control tower was still built. In 1988 panning permission was applied for to redevelop the whole airport and construct two business parks. BAA plc purchased the site in 1990 and announced that they would be investing £27 million in developing the airport. Planning permission was granted in 1993 and work began. The new Southampton Airport' was opened in 1994 by HRH the Duke of York. Within a couple of years a record number of 560,000 passengers passed through the airport and 1997 saw 631,000 passengers using the airport for many new destinations. Today Southampton is one of Europe's most modern regional airports and over 1 million passengers pass through the airport each year flying to 33 different...

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