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Southampton Airport Magazine

Spring2014

Leeds A bustling city with a rich history

Bonnie Scotland

So many reasons to visit north of the border in 2014

Win A SHORT BREAK TO GUERNSEY

Fabulous

Faro Channel

Islands Now even more flights from Southampton Airport


WELCOME

CONTENTS ISSUE24 13

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elcome to Breeze, the magazine from Southampton Airport. 2014 is upon us and we’re looking forward to a busy year. We’re delighted to see our biggest ever ski season underway, with skiers heading for exciting new destinations as well as old favourites. This issue is packed with ideas and inspiration for a spring getaway. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend, a cultural escape or an active break, you’ll find our guide on pages 6 and 7 worth a read. We also have a host of great articles on four of our superb destinations – the Channel Islands, Faro, Scotland and Leeds. Take a look inside for more. Once again Breeze readers can enter our fantastic competition, this time to win a break in Guernsey, courtesy of Blue Islands. For more information, see page 42. Customer service is important to us and we welcome your feedback. On page 19 you can read about the winners of our Breeze Through Awards – designed to recognise great customer service. Wherever you’re flying to in 2014, I’d like to thank you personally for choosing Southampton Airport.

With best wishes,

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Airport News

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Special Feature A Spring Sojourn

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Travel destination guide

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Destination flight timetable Airline/tour operator details

10 Deals & Special Offers

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Destination Jersey & Guernsey

18 Business Focus

Dave Lees, Managing Director, Southampton Airport

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Destination Scotland

25 What's on at our destinations 26 Cruising News

Breeze is published by Newsquest Hampshire. Newspaper House, Test Lane Redbridge, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 9JX. T: 023 8042 4560. F: 023 8042 4928 Editor: Ian Murray. T: 023 8042 4536 Sales Executives: Karen Skerry. T: 023 8042 4926 karen.skerry@dailyecho.co.uk Phil McGhan. T: 023 8042 4937 phil.mcghan@dailyecho.co.uk Layout and Design: Lee Jeffery Southampton Airport Information Centre: T: 0844 481 7777 Marketing Department: Louise Neville. T: 023 8062 7141. E: Louise_Neville@Southamptonairport.com Marketing Department, Southampton Airport, Wide Lane, Southampton, SO18 2NL southamptonairport.com Printed by Stephens & George, Merthyr Tydfil. All details and information correct at time of going to press.

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Destination Reasons to go to... Leeds Destination Faro, Portugal

37 Out & About Southampton 38 What's on across Hampshire 41 Community News 42 Competition Win a short break to Guernsey

Quoted prices correct at time of printing and subject to change. Where not stated, pictures that appear on destination pages are courtesy of Thinkstock www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk Front cover: Corbiere Lighthouse, Jersey. See our Channel Islands destinations on pages 13-17.

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AIRPORT NEWS

AIRPORTNEWS BLUE ISLANDS LAUNCHES NEW UPGRADED SERVICE TO GUERNSEY CHANNEL Islands based airline, Blue Islands, have increased their capacity between Southampton and Guernsey by 250% with the introduction of their new 66 seat ATR-72 500. The new aircraft arrived into Southampton Airport for the first time on Friday 6th December and was welcomed with a spectacular water cannon salute. The introduction of the new aircraft means that over 110,000 extra seats per year will be available. The airline looks forward to extending their unique ‘welcome difference’ product to more passengers. Rob Veron, Managing Director of Blue Islands, said “In true Blue Islands fashion, the price quoted is always the price paid, but in addition a very special in flight service will be available on our Southampton service. Hot bacon sandwiches for breakfast and full Champagne bar service for the return flights – complimentary for all passengers, of course. All Blue Islands passengers will also benefit from fast-track security at Southampton Airport.” Dave Lees, Managing Director of Southampton Airport said “This is a really

exciting development for Blue Islands and Southampton Airport. We are looking forward to welcoming more passengers on this route to and from Guernsey and expect many people from the island to take advantage of the special rail tickets available

to passengers, giving them quick and easy access to London.” The upgraded service has launched with a new lower fare, starting from £39. n Bookings can be made now at www. blueislands.com

SKIERS FLY OUT OF SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT SOUTHAMPTON Airport’s biggest ever ski season has got underway, as passengers are flying out to the new destinations of Innsbruck, Andorra and Grenoble along with annual ski favourites Chambery, Geneva and Salzburg. Flybe, Europe’s largest independent regional airline, is flying passengers to Grenoble. Grenoble is a dynamic city with plenty of history and culture and its proximity to the Alps offers easy access to some of the region’s most popular ski resorts including the world-famous off-piste ski area, La Grave. Flying to Innsbruck from Southampton with Inghams gives skiers easy access to world class skiing resorts in the heart of the Tirol region in Austria - in particular the main resorts of St. Anton, Mayrhofen 4 SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT SPRING 2014

and Kitzbühel. There's also glacier skiing at Hintertux and Stubai, the picturesque village of Alpbach, the high-altitude Obergurgl and Kühtai plus the eight ski centres which surround the elegant Tirolean capital of Innsbruck. Taking a skiing holiday in Andorra has never been easier now there’s a flight from Southampton with Neilson Holidays. Skiers can choose from the laid back resort of Arinsal, party-central Pas de la Casa or the legendary ski centre of Soldeu and El Tarter. You can book a skiing package holiday for 2014 with tour operators Inghams, Neilson, Crystal Ski, Esprit Ski, Ski Total and Thomson Ski. Flights are also available with Flybe. n Visit www.southamptonairport.com/ski for more information.


AIRPORT NEWS

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Blog: souairportblog.com

AURIGNY VOTED BEST SHORT-HAUL AIRLINE IN WHICH? SURVEY

EASTERN AIRWAYS LAUNCHES NEW SERVICE TO LEEDS BRADFORD EASTERN Airways, the UK’s 2nd largest regional airline, is expanding its route network to include services between Southampton and Leeds Bradford Airport. Leeds is an important route as it links two key commercial centres in a quick and easy way. The route also provides access for people from the north of England to the cruise ships that depart from Southampton to America, Europe, the Baltic and the Caribbean. Southampton Airport moved quickly to safeguard services after recently learning of Flybe’s intention to withdraw from serving this domestic route early next year. The new flights between Southampton and Leeds Bradford start on 20 January 2014, with three services a day between Monday and Friday. In addition, it will also operate a Sunday

afternoon service, providing flexibility for both business and leisure travellers and ensuring the continuation of air links between two of the UK’s major cities. Jan Halliday, Director of Marketing and Communications said: "We are delighted to welcome Eastern Airways back onto this key air link between two important business centres. Southampton is steeped in maritime history with a world class port for cruise liners and has strong business links with Yorkshire and the north of England, particularly in the finance, insurance, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, manufacturing and construction industries” n Flights are now bookable at www.easternairways.com and also via travel agents.

FLYBE ADDS CHANNEL ISLAND FLIGHTS FLYBE has increased flights to both Jersey and Guernsey for summer to five times a day from the end of March. There’s an additional afternoon flight departing to Jersey daily every day (except Saturday), or take advantage of the extra morning flights departing weekdays to Guernsey. Read more about the beautiful Channel Islands in our feature on pages 13-15. n Seats are on sale now. Visit www.flybe.com for more information

ONE of the oldest and smallest carriers in the world has been judged as the best short-haul airline in an annual readers’ survey carried out by the influential consumer magazine Which? Readers’ scores were based on value, comfort, food & drink, punctuality, luggage allowance and whether they’d recommend to others. Aurigny, which was launched in 1968 and is owned by the government of the island of Guernsey has held off the challenge from many larger, more well-known airlines. “This is great news and we are obviously delighted,” says Aurigny Commercial Director, Malcolm Coupar. “We might be small but we try very hard to make the passenger experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible so getting such a commendation from our customers is the best praise there is. To sit above some of the most famous names in the airline industry is an achievement for which we are very proud. We would like to thank all our staff, our shareholders in the States of Guernsey and all our customers for their fantastic support in helping us to achieve this accolade.” The airline flies between Alderney and Southampton Airport at least three times a day. n For more information visit www.aurigny.com

KEEP IN THE LOOP BE THE first to hear airport news, share your views and enter our competitions with fantastic prizes – ‘like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, sign up to our newsletter, bookmark our YouTube page and keep an eye on our blog. See top of page for details. SPRING 2014 SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT 5


AIRPORT SPECIAL FEATURE

AIRPORT SPECIAL FEATURE

A Spring We all know that feeling; you’ve got to wait months until your main summer holiday but you need a break…right now. Southampton Airport is the perfect departure point for a delightful short break - and with virtually no queues, friendly staff and fantastic destinations, you can escape for a few days quickly and easily.

For romantics F

Bâtiment Des Forces-Motrices

G Geneva, Switzerland Geneva’s beautiful location on the shores of Western Europe’s largG eest lake, with the backdrop of Mont Blanc, makes it the perfect destination for two. Enjoy a romantic dinner in a gourmet restaurant, ti gaze in awe at the Geneva Water Fountain, take a relaxing cruise on g the lake or indulge in a spot of luxury shopping. Scale the heights th of the Saint-Pierre Cathedral for breath-taking views of the city and o then enjoy a lakeside walk. th FFor a real taste of Switzerland, book yourselves on to the ‘Chocolate and Love Letters’ bicycle tour for an afternoon dedicated to la SSwiss chocolate and literary romanticism. Make sure you reserve a tandem! ta

Concert Hall

FURTHER INFORMATION Visit www.geneve-tourisme.ch or to book your flights go to www.flybe.com

For party people F Cityscape of Gene va

M Marbella, Spain Considered the unofficial capital of the Costa del Sol, Marbella is Co home to glittering marinas, star-studded nightclubs and beautiful ho beaches. It’s the perfect destination to party the night away and be spend spe lazy afternoons soaking up the sun. Iconic clubs such as Funky Buddha and Nikki Beach attract the jetIco set, while a host of super-cool bars around Puerto Banus marina set offer a more understated buzz. off

FURTHER INFORMATION Visit www.andalucia.org/en Book your flights to Malaga with Flybe at www.flybe.com

Popular resort city of Marbella

on Costa Del Sol in Spain

Marbella Arch illuminated at

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AIRPORT SPECIAL FEATURE

Sojourn For wine lovers

Bergerac, France With rolling hills, vineyards, chateaux, beautiful markets and fabulous French food, Bergerac is the centre of the wine growing region of the Dordogne. The region produces a range of white, red, rose, dry and sweet wines. Why not start with a wine tasting visit to ‘La Maison des Vins’ next to the river in Bergerac. Here you can decide which sort of wine you like best, and pick up a free map of the wine route. You’ll be able to choose from a range of vineyards - colourcoded to the type of wine, taking out some of the guess-work - and it shows which ones do wine tasting tours, which languages the owners speak, and what sort of wine they produce.

FURTHER INFORMATION Book your flights to Bergerac with Flybe at www.flybe.com or for more information on wine tours, visit www.bergerac-tourisme.com

Sunset over the viney ards

For golfers Belfast, Northern Ireland Beautiful Belfast boasts fourteen courses and golf centres, making it the perfect destination for a short golfing break. The magnificent 18-hole parkland courses of Royal Belfast, Shandon, Malone and Belvoir Park Golf Clubs are close to the city centre. If you have more time, the famous links courses of Royal County Down and Royal Portrush are just an hour’s drive away.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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the Dordogne Rive r in Bergerac

Book your flights to Belfast with Flybe at www.flybe.com or for more information on golf courses and accommodation see www.visit-belfast.com

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Golfing in Northern Ireland

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TRAVEL DESTINATION GUIDE

GETTING TO SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT IS EASY ACCESS BY ROAD The airport is situated just outside Southampton city centre, on the interchange of the M3 and M27. Passengers should exit at junction 5 of the M27. The airport is also easily reached via the A34 from Oxford and Newbury. The motorways leading to the airport clearly indicate the route to be taken. Pick-up and drop-off for FREE in the short stay car park.

TICKETLESS PAYMENT Automatic car park number plate recognition is available at Southampton Airport. Simply Wick enter your car details on-line and Stornoway cameras at the car park barriers will recognise the registration number from information entered on-line. Stavanger www.southamptonairport.com

SHORT STAY CAR PARK The multi-storey short term car park is conveniently located next to the airport terminal building, just a short walk to check-in.

LONG STAY CAR PARK The long term car park is located a few minutes from the terminal. Follow the signs past the multi-storey short stay car park. Free shuttle buses operate on a continuous service to take you directly to the airport terminal. CONTACT DETAILS

APCOA Parking 023 8062 7259

PRE-BOOK PARKING

Save pounds on parking by booking in advance at southamptonairport.com/parking

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ACCESS BY RAIL Southampton Airport Parkway Train Station is just a 60 second walk from the terminal building, making it one of the closest plane-to-train links of any European airport. The station is served by South West Trains and Crosscountry Trains. Frequent services to many destinations BĂŠziers including London, Basingstoke, Reading, Winchester, Bournemouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Oxford and Fareham.

See who flies where: southamptonairport.com/flight-information/timetable

0871 66 33 777 airfrance.co.uk

0871 700 2000 flybe.com

01983 721 111 italiangetaways.co.uk

01483 371 272 inghams.co.uk

Two operators (Unilink and Velvet) serve Ibiza Southampton Airport to Southampton City Centre. The National Express terminal is located in the centre of Southampton on Harbour Parade.

01481 822886 aurigny.com

0871 231 0000 klm.com

Unilink route U1C/A operates from every 10 minutes during the week and every 15 minutes at weekends and public holidays. It stops outside the terminal. Velvet Bus A operates daily services from Eastleigh to Botley (and return) via Southampton Airport Parkway Station. The bus stops at Wide Lane next to the station. Menorca

08456 202122 blueislands.com

0844 879 8155 neilson.co.uk

CONTACT DETAILS South West Trains 0845 6000 650 CrossCountry Trains 0844 811 0124 National Rail 08457 484950

southwesttrains.co.uk crosscountrytrains.co.uk nationalrail.co.uk

ACCESS BY BUS

CONTACT DETAILS Unilink Velvet National Express Barcelona Ba

023 8059 5974 023 8061 2288 0870 580 8080

unilink.soton.ac.uk velvetbus.info nationalexpress.com

@SOU_Airport

youtube.com/SOUAirport

facebook.com/SOU.airport

Blog: souairportblog.com

Sign up to Southampton Airport's email newsletter: southamptonairport.com/newsletter

01483 791 933 skitotal.com

08703 669 100 easternairways.com

01483 791 900 espritski.com

0871 231 4787 firstchoice.co.uk

01425 480 400 prestigeholidays.co.uk

0844 412 5970 thomascook.com 0871 895 0095 thomascookstyle.com

0871 231 4787 thomson.co.uk

Download our latest flight schedule: southamptonairport.com/timetable All information is correct at time of going to print. Flights are subject to change, particularly during holiday periods. Please check with the relevant airline or tour operator.

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DEALS & SPECIAL OFFERS

DEALS & SPECIAL OFFERS All deals and offers correct at time of printing, and subject to change.

WANT TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR HIRE CAR? Book your hire car with Europcar before 1st April for a fantastic

20% DISCOUNT southamptonairport.com/carhire 20% discount available on car hire bookings made before 1st April 2014 and used by 30th April 2014. 10% discount applies outside of these dates. Only available for car hire collection from Southampton Airport. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or contracted rate. Europcar standard terms and conditions apply.

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£20 ON ALL TRAVEL PILLOWS IN STORE TODAY

Terms & Conditions: offer and products strictly subject to availability. WHSmith reserves the right to amend or withdraw promotional offers at any time without prior notice.

Receive airport news & offers by email Sign up for Southampton Airport’s e-newsletter and receive the latest news and offers: southamptonairport.com/signup

USE OUR NEW QIKSERVE APP AND BEAT THE QUEUES!

Why not pre book and have your food and drink ready and waiting for you!!! Travelling in a big party? On a Stag, Hen, birthday or sporting trip? Why not use our hosting service for a personal touch including a host to cater for your party at your pre-reserved table or booth, food ready and waiting for you when you pre-order and drinks on ice. Bookings over 8 people will receive 10% off any food purchases

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Just take a seat and let your smartphone and our fantastic staff take care of you. With our easy and free App you can order your food and drink from your table. Download the Qikserve App on your Android or iPhone today. 10 SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT SPRING 2014


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Make sure you keep up with the latest trendsetters this season by checking out these latest fragrances. We have a vast selection of new fragrances to match your mood or occasion and all with at least 20% off.

selected premium vodkas and gins, available to all passengers wherever you are flying to. Too much to carry? Why not use our free shop & collect service and buy now and pick up on your return?

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Exclusive Whiskies a regular part of our offer, so why not discover something a little different which cannot be found on the high street.

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For more information visit www.southamptonairport.com or call 02380 627159 SPRING 2014 SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT 11


DESTINATION JERSEY & GUERNSEY Fly to the Channel Islands with

KINGDOM

Channel Islands

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JERSEY GUERNSEY La Corbiere Point, Jersey

Just a short flight away are the fantastic Channel Islands Sally Churchward finds out more

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T would be hard not to fall in love with the Channel Islands – they are the perfect blend of the UK and the continent. If you love foreign travel but don’t want to inconvenienced by the whole different language, different currency, driving on the wrong side of the road thing, they are for you. And even if you do like all those things, it’s still a fantastic place to go and, as it takes around half an hour to fly there from Southampton, very convenient too. You may find yourself beginning to fall in love with Jersey or Guernsey when you spot a huge sandy beach against an azure sea from the window of your plane, falling

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Above: La Coupée Bridge, Sark. Right: German watchtower. Below right: Plemont Bay, Jersey.

deeper still with every cute seaside town, tree-lined avenue, continental-looking harbour and cliff-top view of the Atlantic you discover for yourself. Flying from Southampton, the journey to Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney is so quick that you could easily go for a day trip, but with each island offering so much, it would be a shame not to stay longer, and would be easy to keep yourself entertained for a week, or even longer. Everyone will have their own favourite corner of each of the islands. On Jersey, animal lovers are sure to fall in love with the Durrell Wildlife Park, where you can encounter some of the rarest and most fascinating animals on the planet and

Formula 1 fans may never wish to leave The Mansell Collection, while food lovers may prefer to sit down to a meal at one of the island’s many fantastic restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Ocean Restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel or its sister eatery, Mark Jordan at the Beach. Guernsey is also known for its quality restaurants, and both islands boast the opportunity to enjoy delicious food, including seafood and local produce, at stunning locations. Both islands have a host of beautiful golden beaches. Nature lovers, photographers and anyone in search of a stunning beach will want to hop over to Herm Island


DESTINATION JERSEY & GUERNSEY

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Top: Saint Peter's Point, Guernsey. Middle: A curious Jersey cow. Bottom: Durrell Wildlife Park. Right: Boats at Fort Grey, located on a rock in Rocquaine Bay in Saint Peter, Guernsey

off the coast of Guernsey, a car-free haven. Meanwhile, St Brelade’s Bay Beach on Jersey won the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice beaches award last year. As well as being rich in good weather, delicious produce, family attractions, and entertainment, the Channel Islands have fascinating histories. You can learn about a difficult period in their history – their occupation during the Second World War – at a number of attractions, including the German Occupation Museum and the German hospital on Guernsey and the Jersey War Tunnels and The Channel Islands Military Museum on Jersey or you may wish to enjoy Alderney’s walking, cycling, fishing and more. Sark is a car-free island, where you can get around in a horse-drawn carriage or on a bike, and enjoy a more leisurely pace of life. Experience the breathtaking view from La Coupée Bridge. Whichever island is your base, you may want to take a trip to one or all of the other Channel Islands. With so much on offer the Channel Islands may be easy to get to, but they’re very hard to leave.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

For travel details: Aurigny 01481 822886 www.aurigny.com Flybe 0871 700 2000 www.flybe.com Blue Islands 08456 202122 www.blueislands.com

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BUSINESS FOCUS

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MEETING FACILITIES AT SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT If you’re looking to organise a meeting, need some time on your own to work on an important business deadline or want to conduct a training course, the Spitfire meeting room can cater for all your needs.

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Flexible space for up to 30 people Free Wi-Fi Smart board with projector Spider phone TV/DVD Flip chart and pens External telephone line Catering available Free parking opposite the terminal

For further information or to book: email meetings@southamptonairport.com or call 02380 627187

Next time you fly, choose Breeze Priority Parking Wider bays Closest parking to the terminal From entrance to parking space in under 60 seconds Ground floor and under cover

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PRIORITY UPGRADE SERVICES START YOUR journey as you mean to go on, relaxed and hassle-free with our Priority Upgrade Services – Priority Parking, Priority Security and Priority Lounge.

BREEZE THROUGH AWARDS

At Southampton Airport we pride ourselves on helping make our passengers’ journeys as easy as possible. From time to time, of course some passengers do experience problems, and when they do, we’re happy to help. Our Breeze Through awards recognise and reward those staff who go the extra mile.

Breeze Priority Lounge The Breeze Priority Lounge has a relaxing coastal feel which reflects the location of Southampton Airport on the south coast. Vibrant paintings adorn the walls, one of racing yachts and the other of beach huts, so that passengers leaving this region can rememFree Wi-Fi

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To access the lounge: Pre-book via www.southamptonairport.com/priority. Access the lounge for £15 including free Breeze Priority Security. Upgrade to Breeze Priority Parking as well for just £5 more per 24 hours.

Book on the day by visiting the World Duty Free till and purchase your ticket for £15 or purchasing via the ticket machine next to the check-in desks.

Airport Angel card holders should follow signs to the Priority Lounge (upstairs in departures) and follow the instructions on the door using the phone provided to gain access. Airport Angel is an established programme offering members access to more than 530 + lounges worldwide. www.airportangel.co.uk

Priority Pass holders should sign in at World Duty Free where you will be given a code to access the lounge. Priority Pass is the world’s largest independent airport VIP lounge programme. Members can gain access to over 600 airport VIP lounges in over 100 countries and 300 cities worldwide. www.priortypass.com/hampshire

THE Breeze Through award for September went to a crew from the Servisair ramp team - Brent Griffiths, Terry Wright, Lee Faithful, Shirley Cuppleditch, Pete Digwa and Marc Harris - for their perseverance and customer-focused attitude when assisting a young paraplegic passenger. r. The young man arrived at the airport wishing to board his flight with a 112kg wheelchair. The team Servisair ram p team had not previously been advised of the specialist chair and had to work creatively to ensure that the chair could d be loaded into the aircraft hold. The dimensions were tight, the chair could not be collapsed and spreader boards were required to distribute the weight. After the first attempt there was insufficient space for the spreader boards, requiring the chair be offloaded. The team were committed to finding a solution to enable the chair to be loaded so that the passenger could travel, and after removing the arms from the chair the wheelchair finally fitted, allowing the young man to travel and enjoy his holiday. The Breeze Through award for October went to a multidepartmental team - Ian Cross, Matt Brierly, Rachael Adams, Pete Lucas, Dean Nicholls, James Howard and Shaun Ingham - for their professionalism and commitment during the October gales. They stayed on after their shift hours to manage aircraft manoeuvres tal Multi-departmen in thoroughly unpleasant weather team conditions including driving rain and strong winds, ensuring passengers were able to Breeze Through the airport as swiftly as possible.

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Breeze Priority Parking* gives you the advantage of ground floor, under cover parking, with wider bays that are situated as close to the terminal as possible for ease and convenience. Priority Parking can be pre-booked online or purchased on the day. Simply turn up and follow the signs to the Priority Parking area. By pre-booking, passengers can make considerable savings on parking prices as well as gaining automatic access to the car park.

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BONNIE SCOTLAND

DESTINATION SCOTLAND

With the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup both in the country, 2014 is the ideal time to visit Scotland's two biggest cities words by Josesph Curtis

Glasgow Cathedral, also known as High Kirk of Glasgow or St Kentigern or St Mungo

Aberdeen SCOTLAND

Glasgow Edinburgh

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TRAVEL INFORMATION

For more details contact Flybe on 0871 700 2000 www.flybe.com or visit your local travel agent.

For more details contact Eastern Airways on 08703 669 100 www.easternairways.com or visit your local travel agent.

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DESTINATION SCOTLAND

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ITH so much happening in such a short space of time there is no reason not to visit Scotland in 2014. And with Southampton Airport running services to Glasgow,Edinburgh and Aberdeen, it's never been easier to get there. One of the biggest draws is the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the world's finest athletes and perhaps even the fastest man on the planet - Usain Bolt. After a fantastic Olympics at London 2012, Scotland will no doubt continue the brilliant British tradition of hosting world class sporting events, with plenty of fine cuisine and culture to try when the sport takes a breather. And it's not the only major sporting event paying a visit to bonnie Scotland as Europe seeks to defend the Ryder Cup against the Americans at Gleneagles in September. The world-class resort is just over an hour's drive from Edinburgh and around 50 minutes from Glasgow while trains also run to Gleneagles Station. Those with a competitive edge looking to take part in sport should consider the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in May - a weekend packed full of races including a relay, 5k and 10k races and, as the name suggests, a full marathon. But if sport is not your thing then take advantage of the many wonders this beautiful nation has to offer - from its marvellous landscape to its history-rich cities. And with a welcome as warm as this one, the 2014 Homecoming Scotland campaign lives up to its name. Following a successful programme in 2009, another deluge of events are planned to emphasise Scottish history and culture. Take the magnificent Diaspora tapestry for example, created by Scots in 25 countries across the world. Two hundred embroidered panels will start being put together in March and then tour the country until November. Meanwhile in late February the tenth Glasgow Film Festival rolls in with a host of major premieres and top talent from around the world. The packed programme includes pop-up cinema, glitzy gala screenings and the fearful Frightfest, so there is something for everyone. Also not forgetting the world-famous Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival. For those who prefer the quiet life, Scotland boasts beautiful, tranquil landscape perfect for a hike or a picnic. Meanwhile there will be a festival of events throughout the year celebrating the new John 22 SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT SPRING 2014

Above: The reflection of Glasgow's Arc Bridge captured in still water at night over the River Clyde. Opposite page, left to right: Crathes Castle, near Banchory in the Aberdeenshire, Elvis type character struts his stuff during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the entrance to Gleneagles Hotel Golf Resort, venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Muir Way, a 100-mile path across Scotland named after the 19th Century Scottish conservationist. It wouldn't be a trip to Scotland without sampling some of its signature tastes, and whisky is one of them, with the month of May dedicated to the drink. And then there is World Whisky Day, first held in 2012, that will see thousands get together for a swig across the world. There are also plenty of fine restaurants and cafes to get a true taste of Scotland while Edinburgh and Glasgow have plenty of luxury hotels to relax in, such as Carberry Tower Castle in the capital and the Mar Hall resort in Glasgow. Flights to Glasgow and Edinburgh are provided by FlyBe while flights to Aberdeen are operated by Eastern Airways.

Five places to visit in Glasgow l The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum l The Theatre Royal, home of the Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet l Hampden Park, home of many Commonwealth Games events l Glasgow Green, the oldest park in the city l The Tall Ship, a monument to the city's naval history Five places to visit in Edinburgh l The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art l Edinburgh Castle, iconic fortress and former Royal residence l Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Co for all things tartan lThe Royal Botanic Garden l The Scotch Whisky Experience


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WHAT’S ON AT OUR DESTINATIONS

What 's on... at ou r des tinations

by Shelly Fountain ST PATRICK'S FESTIVAL

March 14th-17th 2014

Fly to Dublin with Flybe

Soak up the vibrant atmosphere and get involved in this four day festival of culture, music and entertainment. The St. Patrick's Festival 2014 will come alive again with pageantry, carnivals and free entertain drawing from the very best in Irishment from 14th - 17th March, As the one national holiday that is and international talent. celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick's Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. One of the highlights of the festival City, a spectacular sight of Dublin's has to be the Greening of the most famous buildings all illuminated in green. The festival sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifol d skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social backgro und. From funfairs and road races to live Beer Village there really is somethi music and the Irish Craft ng for everyone. www.stpatricksfestival.ie

EASTER FESTIVAL

April 12th-20th 2014

Fly to Salzburg with Flybe

Founded back in 1967 The Salzburg to be one of the most renowned and Easter Festival is considered most exclusive classical festivals in the world. The Festival begins each year on the Saturday before Palm Sunday with an opera premiere and ends on Easter Monday, when the opera is traditionally perform ed a second time. In between there are scheduled six evenings with concerts of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the choir "Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks". This year, Christian Thielemann debuts as new Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival.

BELFAST NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS

February 28 - March 9 2014

FESTIVAL

Fly to Belfast City with Flybe

The Belfast Nashville Songwriters' Festival is a celebration of the art of song writing and with more than one hundred artists performing over 10 days in 50 events, Belfast will come alive to the sound of singer-songwriters from Northern Ireland and around the world during the festival which Americana to Blues & Rock, Countryis now in its 10th year. From to Traditional Folk, there's great live music on offer at The Holiday Inn Belfast and Empire Music Hall.

TULIPS OF AMSTERDAM

March 20 - May 18 2014

Fly to Amsterdam with KLM and

Flybe

Tulip season is in full bloom from March and what better way to see them in all their pretty glory than at the world's largest flower gardens. The Keukenhof Gardens will burst ours as the gently rolling grounds into a kaleidoscope of colare carpeted with blooming flowers. This year's theme focuses on Holland , and starting in October 2013 bulbs have been planted to create a flower mosaic of Amsterdam's canals. The 60,000 tulip symbolise 'tulip mania' during the and muscari bulbs will golden age, and will be 22 by 13 metres. In the Spring, the bulbs will bloom to reveal the splendour of their colours. The Tulip show takes place at the gardens from March 20-24. See page 9 for our destination timetable operator details. Information is correct and airline/tour press. Please check details with event at time of going to organisers before making travel arrangements.

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CRUISING NEWS

CRUISINGNEWS THE PORT OF SOUTHAMPTON IS SET FOR FURTHER EXPANSION LATER THIS YEAR WITH THE ARRIVAL OF A SECOND MSC CRUISE SHIP, MSC MAGNIFICA. KEITH HAMILTON STEPS ABOARD FOR A SNEAK PREVIEW

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SC, the market leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, South Africa, and Brazil, together with operations across the globe, is now targeting the UK with two ships operating from Southampton this year. The company has decided to bring a second, bigger ship, MSC Magnifica, alongside its previous Southampton based vessel, MSC Opera. This means that for the first time the ever growing number of British passengers will have two MSC ships in Southampton, northern Europe's premier cruising port, to choose from, as well as a wider programme of voyages.

The gourmet dining experience on board combines the best of Mediterranean and international cuisine The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is an established and well respected name within the international container shipping industry and, together with its fleet of 12 cruise ships, is a major force in worldwide shipping. MSC Cruises' state-of-the-art vessels are the result of a six billion euro investment programme, which began a decade ago, by the Italian company.

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Above: Magnifica

A company spokesman said: “By bringing MSC Magnifica to Southampton we are underlining our commitment to the Great Britain market by offering more ex-UK cruises than ever with four additional seven-night cruises from Southampton. “With itineraries covering five destinations in northern Europe, a seven-night cruise will start from £429 per person, including free parking in Southampton or free National Express coach transfer. “The itineraries, during September and October, will include some of the most famous ports in Northern Europe such as Zeebrugge, for excursions to Bruges, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Le Havre, with passengers visiting Paris, before returning to Southampton. “The gourmet dining experience on board combines the best of Mediterranean and international cuisine. “In the fields of service and comfort, MSC Cruises is continuing to set new standards in luxury cruising.”

MSC Cruises sails throughout the year in the Mediterranean and offers a wide range of seasonal itineraries in southern Africa, northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, French Antilles, South America and the United Arab Emirates. MSC Cruises is the only company in the world to receive the “7 Golden Pearls” award from the testing, inspection and certification Bureau Veritas, in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental responsibility. MSC Cruises believes global leadership brings increased responsibility towards the physical and human environments in which it operates. For example, a long-term partnership with UNICEF was undertaken in 2009 to fund a community project aimed at providing disadvantaged children in Brazil with a quality education. To date, MSC Cruises has raised more than two million euros for the initiative.


DESTINATION REASONS TO GO TO...

REASONSTO GO TO...

LEEDS

A city with a rich history,facinating buildings and with a bustling city centre – welcome to Leeds words by Michael Carr

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ET in the heart of West Yorkshire and on the banks of the River Aire, Leeds is a city that has stood the test of time. Originally built as a market town in the middle ages the city has grown into a thriving metropolis littered with history, markets and independent shops. One of the city's main selling points is its shopping in its compact city centre. One of the first stops on a shopping spree is the Victoria Quarter's arcades, the Grade II building features stunning Edwardian architecture and is a popular spot. Also worth a visit is the Leeds Corn Exchange. With its magnificent domed roof, it houses a vast number of independent stores and also boasts a variety of fairs taking place there throughout the year and no trip to Leeds is complete without checking out Europe's largest indoor market - Leeds Kirkgate, which has more than 400 stalls inside and a further 200 outside. In terms of history, Leeds has a mixture of historical houses and also contains some of the country's most significant industrial heritage which helped Leeds become a major city in England. The Leeds Industrial Museum

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at Armley Mills, was formerly the world's largest woollen mill, now it contains exhibits dating back to the 18th century that show the history of textiles, clothing, engine and locomotive manufacture in the city. If industrial history isn't your forte, then perhaps Harwood House is among the finest estates in the country, and the 18th century treasure house has an art collection to rival the finest in England. Away from history, another


Above: Leeds's famous Kirkgate Market. Below: Clarence Docks.

popular destination is the home of Leeds United FC, Elland Road. It is among the largest stadiums in the country with capacity for 38,000 people. It is well worth getting a guided tour around the stadium which costs ÂŁ8 to ÂŁ10 and takes place every Friday and Sunday. Leeds is also famous for its music scene, and the city is home to the Leeds Festival which attracts top musicians from across the globe every August, it usually attracts crowds of up to 80,000 people. Previous headliners include

American rapper Eminem, Oasis, Muse, Arcade Fire and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and this year the top acts will be Jake Bugg, Of Mice and Men and American indie band Blink 182. Away from music and sport, Leeds is surrounded by historic towns, villages and natural beauty spots away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The market town of Otley is a popular destination for those who want to get away from the city and also offers stunning views of the countryside.

Leeds ENGLAND

TRAVEL INFORMATION

For more details contact Eastern Airways on 08703 669 100 www.easternairways.com or visit your local travel agent.

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FARO

DESTINATION FARO, PORTUGAL

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Sample the delights with a cultural trip to this ancient settlement on Portugal's south coast. Tara Russell finds out more

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ANY holidaymakers simply pass through Faro and head straight towards the Algarve’s many beaches and golf resorts. But they are missing out. That’s because the Algarve’s capital has so much to tempt travellers off the beach making it a worthy city break destination in its own right. With its medieval cobbled streets and rich culture, this distinctly Portugese city is a cut above other coastal resorts. And boasting more than 300 days of sunshine a year, with direct flights from Southampton to Faro you could unscrew a bottle of suncream just a few hours after buying it in an overcast Southampton city centre. The ancient settlement of Faro is located almost midway along Portugal’s southern coast and boasts great character and delights for everyone to enjoy. For those who love culture, the 9th century old town or Cidade Velha within the thick medieval walls is not to be missed. Enter through the neoclassical Arco da Vila designed by Francisco Xavier Fabri and enjoy the views of the orange-tree lined Largo da Sé with its town hall on the left, Bishop’s Palace on the right and the ancient Sé cathedral completed in 1251. Climb the steps of the bell tower and enjoy spectacular views of the pretty walled town, the wetlands and the sea and look out for storks, which have made this region their home, nesting in chimneys and spires. The cathedral’s gilded altar and wooden, tiled and marbled chapels and tombs also demand a visit. There’s a number of museums including the Faro Municipal Museum, churches, ancient buildings and a Jewish quarter all dotted with beautiful cafes and restaurants along the way to rest weary legs. Shoppers should head to Rua de Santo Antonio for a number of fashion boutiques, ceramic stores and souvenir stands. Enjoy a delicious meal at the marina where freshly caught seafood and local specialities including cataplana (a popular stew) awaits. If all the walking hasn’t worn you out, the student population in the city ensures there is a buzzing nightlife with a good theatre scene. Time your visit for late August and you will witness the annual FolkFaro festival, a lively colourful celebration of folklore with open-air shows, parades and dances by performers from around the world. For nature lovers, take a boat trip in a painted wooden fishing boat around the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve’s 60 kilometres of water channels around the marshland, mud

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banks, sand banks and salt pans for a close-tonature experience. This part of Faro, which is twice the size of Guernsey, became a conservation area in 1987 and is now home to 270 species of birds including flamingos. There are bird-watching trips on offer, numerous guided walking tours and specialist trips some of which take in the region’s fishing history including a trip to the markets. If you simply can’t resist the sand and the sea, head to Faro Island, a peninsula that stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean. For a secluded beach experience Cape St Mary known as Deserta Island, the most southerly point of mainland Portugal is well worth a visit. But despite the allure of the beach, it’s certain you will be counting down the hours until you return to the city.


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DESTINATION FARO, PORTUGAL

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Left: Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. Above: Looking out over Faro from the top of The Cathedral overlooking The Old Square. Below left: Ceiling painting in The Cathedral in Faro. Below: Cathedral Square.

n Faro is the capital of the Algarve region. n Flight time to Faro from Southampton- 2 hours 40 mins n Although the old city walls date back to the 9th century, the great earthquake in 1755 destroyed most of the town. n Faro Airport is located approximately 5 km from Faro. n There is no rail connection from the airport but there is a bus service. n Alternatively taxis are available outside the airport. n The city has a 30,000 seater football stadium Estadio Algarve

TRAVEL INFORMATION For more details: Flybe 0871 700 2000 www.flybe.com Alternatively visit your local travel agent.

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OUT&ABOUT SOUTHAMPTON

www.visit-hampshire.co.uk www visit ii h hampshire hi co ukk The official tourism website for the county

words by Anna Boyd-Smith

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OUTHAMPTON, located along the south coast of England just 75 miles from London, is an important maritime city. It’s one of the largest ports in Europe, welcoming hundreds of cruise ships and cargo vessels each year. The city plays host to over 4 million visitors annually, all flocking to the city for an exciting cultural experience in a diverse, vibrant environment. From museums, hotels and shops to award-winning green spaces and top class restaurants, there is no shortage of things to do. With its excellent transport links (including its own airport) and close proximity to London, Southampton is easily accessible to many nearby areas and is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Hampshire.

Culture Southampton has fascinating museums which chart important times in the city’s history. In the Old Town, visitors can explore Tudor House and Museum, one of the area’s most significant historic buildings. Dating back over 800 years, the house gives an atmospheric insight into the lives of its residents throughout the centuries. The area’s newest interactive museum, SeaCity, is a must-see for Titanic enthusiasts. SeaCity charts the history of the ship’s fateful voyage, which started when she set sail from the city’s docks in 1912. There is also the opportunity to learn more about what effect the tragedy had on the residents of Southampton at the time. Nearby at the Civic Centre, you’ll find the award-winning City Art Gallery which features a permanent collection of over 3,800 works of art which span six centuries.

Shopping and Sleeping The centre of the city is a mecca for shopaholics. The main shopping centre, West Quay, boasts over 90 stores and popular cafés and restaurants such as Wagamama and Nando’s. Shoppers can enjoy the great choice of retail outlets along the High Street and in the nearby Marlands Centre. Southampton also has one of the largest Ikea stores along the south coast. Above: SeaCity Museum, Picture courtsey of Southampton City Council. Left: WestQuay Shopping Centre.

Whether you want to visit for just one night or a longer break, Southampton has an excellent choice of accommodation providers, from hotels to B&Bs. From a central location to a retreat on the outskirts of the city, there’s plenty to choose from. SPRING 2014 SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT 37


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By Anna Boyd-Smith Andover British Touring Car Championship, Thruxton, 3rd/4th May British Touring Car Get your engines racing for the 2014 at Thruxton racecourse in Championship which takes place test of the season on one May. Come and see the toughest of the country’s most difficult tracks. www.thruxtonracing.co.uk Watercress Festival, Alresford 18th May culinary delights in Celebrate one of England’s greatest . Enjoy a huge street the UK’s capital of watercress farming entertainment. festival with stalls, music and live www.watercressfestival.org Farnborough Farnborough International Airshow 2014, 19th/20th July returns to Hampshire The biennial Farnborough Airshow include air displays, will hts for 2014 with a bang. Highlig exhibition halls and trade stands. www.farnborough.com Cricket, the Ageas Bowl, England v India, Investec Test Match West End 27th/ 31st July – the third Test of a fivehost will In July the Ageas Bowl and India. Get match Investec Series between England c and exciting compeready for what is sure to be a dramati tition between these two teams. www.ageasbowl.com New Forest New Forest and Hampshire County Show, 29th/30th/31st July to Hampshire in the This popular county show returns Forest National Park, New the summer. Set in the heart of ment, local produce and visitors will be treated to entertain quality trade stands. www.newforestshow.co.uk Week, Isle of Wight Aberdeen Asset Management's Cowes 2nd / 9th August coast in 2014. The regatta, Cowes Week returns to the south s of boats comhundred sees old, which is over 180 years over the course of a pete in races around the Isle of Wight Island from Souththe week. Visitors can take a ferry to ampton, Lymington or Portsmouth. www.aamcowesweek.co.uk ton PSP Southampton Boat Show, Southamp 12th / 21st September takes place in SouthOne of the UK’s biggest boat shows the large marina which around ampton in September. Stroll classes, shapes and features around 300 boats of varying of entertainment, lots sizes. With over 500 exhibitors and lar event. there’s plenty to do at this spectacu www.southamptonboatshow.com For more information on events in Hampshire, visit the official tourism website for the county: www.visit-hampshire.co.uk to press. Information is correct at time of going before Please check details with event organisers making travel arrangements.

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Above: Eating out in Oxford Str Street. Above right: New Forest, picture courtsey of New Forest District Council.

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Nightlife and Eating Out Southampton has a rich nightlife and ‘eating out’ culture, with a fantastic selection of bars, nightclubs, pubs and eateries to tantalise the taste buds. The upmarket areas of Oxford Street and Ocean Village offer fine dining cuisine from around the world, with top class cocktails and friendly hospitality. At the other end of the city centre, Bedford Place provides a relaxed environment with nightclubs, pubs and bars to suit a range of interests. The city has a thriving music scene with popular late night venues such as the Joiners, The Hobbit and the Guildhall providing entertainment throughout the year. Theatre goers will not be disappointed with a night at the Mayflower Theatre, home to the best touring West End shows in a beautifully preserved setting.

Out & About Nearby Southampton’s excellent location and great transport links mean that it is easily accessible to many top destinations. To the west of the city lies the New Forest National Park, home to miles of beautiful countryside, unique wildlife and scenic market towns such as Lymington. To the east you’ll find the waterfront city of Portsmouth, home of the Royal Navy and attractions which include Gunwharf Quays, the Spinnaker Tower and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The medieval city of Winchester is located to the north of Southampton. Here you can soak up the sights of the regular markets, independent shops and historic landmarks such as the Cathedral and King Arthur’s Round Table. Visitors wishing to stop off at the Isle of Wight can hop on a Red Funnel ferry from Southampton’s Town Quay area. The ferries stop in the pretty town of Cowes, known for its traditional pubs, boutique shopping and yachting culture. Discover more about Southampton by visiting the official visitor website for the city www.discoversouthampton.co.uk.


COMMUNITY NEWS

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BIG IDEA COMMUNITY FUND EASTLEIGH’S Pavilion on the Park has been awarded a special grant from the Southampton Airport Big Idea Community Fund to build a new outdoor activity building, opening on to Fleming Park. The new 4all Hangar will provide storage for specialist cycles and a focal point for developing work skills, independent living skills and recreation & leisure experiences. Jim Vaughan, Chairman of the Eastleigh Youth Trust and The Pavilion on the Park said: “Without this grant we would not have been able to proceed with our permanent store for 22 specialist cycles used in our Cycles 4 All’ project, or for the equipment needed for our new ‘Challenge 4 All’ and ‘Climate 4 All’ initiatives. The grant will allow us to build a store that opens onto Fleming Park, making it safer and much more convenient for our volunteers to prepare equipment for use, and for participants to experience and enjoy the new urban park area. ‘Smiles on faces’ are what we are looking forward to - of enjoyment and achievement!” Building work is set to begin in February with an aim for completion before summer.

Girl Guides enjoy First Aid training thanks to Southampton Airport Fire Service TEN Girl Guides from the 1st Hedge End Guides group can now boast a first aid qualification after successfully completing training provided by Southampton Airport Fire Service. The one day first aid qualification is a requirement for anyone undertaking awards such as Duke of Edinburgh's Award or The Baden Powell Challenge Award in Girlguiding and by adult volunteers in organisations such as Scouting and Guiding. Wendy Haley said “First Aid is an important life skill. All the Guides that attended are at present working towards their Baden Powell Challenge Award (the highest award in the Guiding section) and the completion of this first aid course counts towards the award. The Guides enjoyed the course and it was well delivered by two instructors at the airport. I am most grateful to them for giving up their time to deliver this important course for the Guides.” Southampton Airport Fire Service provide regular one and three day first aid and health and safety at work training to a wide range of groups including businesses, schools, youth groups and community organisations.

Left to right: Guy Riddoch (Eastleigh Borough Council), Daisy Brookman (Pavilion on the Park), Jim Vaughan (Eastleigh Youth Trust), Malcolm Young (Pavilion on the Park), Jan Halliday (Southampton Airport).

Southampton Airport’s ‘Mo Bros’ Grow for Movember 2013 GENTS across Southampton on Airport were sporting a range of moustaches last November for the worldwide phenomenon that is Movember – having fun while raising money for the serious issue of men's health; specifically prostatee cancer, testicular cancer and d men’s mental health. Female staff and follicly challenged chaps were also joining in the fundraising fun by sporting g fake moustaches. Even passengers got involved by voting for their favourite Southampton Airport moustache on Facebook and posing for photos, showcasing their own moustaches. Jan Halliday, Southampton Airport’s Director of Marketing and Communications said: “It’s

Some of the Airport team sporting their moustaches

been fantastic to see so many people participating in Movember and everyone has been watching the progress each day. It’s a

great cause and it has amazed us how generous everyone has been in helping us raise hundreds of pounds for charity.”

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A SHORT BREAK TO

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O CELEBRATE the launch of Blue Islands increased and upgraded services between Southampton and the Channel Islands we are giving away a two night break for two in Guernsey. Flying on the airlines new 66 seat ATR-72 aircraft, your visit will begin with style. Upon arriving in Guernsey on one of the three daily fl ights, you’ll experience the beautiful Fermain Valley Hotel. Overlooking the

picturesque Fermain Bay, the hotel is conveniently situated 5 minutes from Guernsey’s charming harbour capital, St Peter Port. With our prize you’ll win: • Two return flights from Southampton to Guernsey with Blue Islands, the airline with a ‘Welcome Difference’ (www.blueislands.com) • Two nights’ bed and breakfast in a luxurious Silver Room at the 4* Fermain Valley Hotel (www.fermainvalley.com).

HOW TO ENTER For your chance to win, simply enter our competition online at: www. southamptonairport.com/competition

Terms & conditions: Entries must be made online and competition closes at midnight on 15th April 2014.

includes two nights’ bed and breakfast in a Silver Room based on two people sharing. Booking is subject to availability and is not valid for use on public holidays. The prize must be taken by 15th October breeze through...to thePrize best ski destinations 2014 and is subject to availability. No cash alternative is available.

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