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Bournemouth Airport Parking

You can save a great deal on parking at Bournemouth Airport by pre-booking with Purple Parking. We can arrange on-airport parking at a reasonable and competitive price with our parking partners Car Park 1 Special Offer, Car Park 1 Standard, Car Park 1 Flexible, Saver Parking and Winter Special.

All of these car parks are official on airport car parks which are located within walking distance of the terminal building.

Bournemouth Airport is located just outside Bournemouth in Dorset. The airport is easily accessible by car and can be found on the B3073 which can be accessed from the A338 and the A31.

To get a Purple Parking quote or to book Bournemouth Airport Parking, please complete the form above and then click "Get My Quote".

Parking Services at Bournemouth Airport

At Bournemouth Airport, Purple Parking offers Park and Ride services operated by:

With Park & Ride, simply drive yourself to your chosen car park. All of the car parks we offer are located at Bournemouth Airport and are within a short walking distance of the terminal.

Facilities at Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport provides an adequate good range of facilities for travellers including disabled passengers.

Leisure Facilities - Bournemouth's terminal has an adequate range of shopping and eating facilities with food outlets accessible both and after security. There is also a foreign currency exchange, gaming areas, an information desk, smoking areas, telephones, and toilets available throughout the terminal.

Internet facilities - Bournemouth Airport offer FREE WI-FI access for up to 30 minutes in any 24 hour period via any media devices within the terminal building. Simply connect to the Bournemouth Airport Wi-Fi network, enter the required details and take advantage of 30 minutes of free surfing time. There is also be a premium service available, suitable for heavy usage and streaming, with pay-as-you-go variable rate tariffs.

Facilities For Disabled Passengers - Bournemouth Airport has a reputation for being a friendly, easy to use airport.

It is imperative that you discuss any special requirements when you make your travel arrangements or book a holiday. This applies to all booking methods - travel agents, websites or by telephone (Customers using an internet booking service will usually find a relevant telephone number on their websites). These booking details will then be passed to Bournemouth Airport's disability service provider. For general enquiries please contact the helpdesk on 07534988571.

Disabled 'drop off' and parking spaces are located in Car Park 1 for any length of stay. Normal car park charges apply. Unfortunately increased security measures mean that vehicles are no longer able to park at the front of the terminal building. If you require wheelchair assistance or help with your luggage from the disabled parking spaces, you should contact staff using the help point located in Car Park 1. Alternatively, contact staff using the help point located next to the Information Desk which is located in the main terminal building.

If you need to borrow a wheelchair whilst at the airport, please contact staff using any of the help point at the airport. Wheelchairs are available free of charge, but please note are subject to availability. Bournemouth Airport have a range of equipment to help you board the aircraft quickly and efficiently. They will discuss individual requirements with you and arrange the most appropriate type of help.

There are Passenger Assistance areas which are easy to locate and can be found adjacent to the Information Desk, in the Departure Lounge and in the International and Domestic Arrivals Halls. There are fully equipped disabled toilets located in all areas of the terminal building. Public telephones are available in the terminal. Lowered units may be found in the airside restaurant area. Assistance dogs are allowed into the terminal building and may travel on aircraft, providing they comply with the Pets Travel Scheme (PETS).

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Useful contacts:
Bournemouth Airport (main switchboard) - 01202 364 000
Disability service provider - 07534988571

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About Bournemouth Airport

  • Bournemouth Airport (BOH) is the UK's 23rd busiest airport in terms of numbers of passengers. It is located on the edge of Hurn village in the Borough of Christchurch, 4 miles north of Bournemouth.
  • In 2011, Bournemouth Airport handled more than 610,000 passengers, which was more than an 18% decrease from the previous year.
  • Despite the recent downturn in passenger numbers, Bournemouth Airport has enjoyed a substantial growth in passenger numbers in recent years with numbers exceeding 1 million passengers in 2008. The airport's primary operators are Ryanair and Thomson Airways.
  • BOH offers flights to the Channel Islands; Eire and many European holiday destinations.

The History of Bournemouth Airport

The airport opened in August 1941 as RAF Hurn, and as part of its wartime duties, was home to a range of aircraft, including Spitfires, Wellingtons and Typhoons. Late in 1942, it became a base for a number of American squadrons. Towards the end of the war, the airport was transferred to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and became the UK's only intercontinental airport (until the opening of Heathrow Airport a couple of years later). Among the destinations served from Bournemouth were Accra, Cairo, Calcutta, Johannesburg, New York, Sydney and Washington.

In October 1958, the first Palmair flight – a 36 seat BEA Viking aircraft – took off bound for Palma, Majorca – one of the UK's first charter holiday flights. The Bournemouth-based company is still operating out of Bournemouth Airport today and flies to a dozen holiday destinations as well as operating a popular series of day trips. Bournemouth Airport became heavily involved in aircraft production. Vickers Viscount aircraft were built there during the 1950s and 1960s, followed by production of the BAC 1-11 jet aircraft during the 1960s and 1970s. The airport was sold by the Government in April 1969 to Bournemouth and Dorset Councils.

The airport was bought by the National Express Group in 1995 and during the following winter the main runway was extended to 2271 metres. The longer runway was officially opened, the following April, with Concorde being the first aircraft to fly in. Thousands turned up to see her spectacular arrival. In the following years, Bath Travel regularly chartered Concorde and it became a frequent visitor to the airport. In 1996, Ryanair began operating its Bournemouth-Dublin service.

The airport was sold to the Manchester Airport Group, which also owns Manchester, East Midlands and Humberside Airports, in March 2001. Over the next few years Ryanair added new routes and Le Cocqs Airlink (now Blue Islands) began regular flights to the Channel Islands. Thomsonfly opened a new base at Bournemouth, locating two Boeing 737 aircraft at the airport. As well as flights to a range of European holiday and city break destinations, it also created around 100 jobs and brought a significant number of inbound visitors into the region. In 2005 EasyJet began a daily winter service to Geneva and Air Berlin started a new route to Paderborn, Germany. During 2005, passenger numbers double from 494,000 to 917,000.

During the second half of the decade, the airport saw additional routes being added by Ryanair and Wizz Air. In December 2006, Manchester Airports Group commit to a £32 million redevelopment of the airport, with work commencing the following summer. The programme will include terminal development, a new international arrivals hall, improved surface access facilities, realignment of the east apron stands and additional car parking. In July 2008 MAG agree to invest an additional £13 million in the redevelopment programme.

In addition to commercial flights, Bournemouth Airport also enjoys other aviation activity, including cargo - with flowers from the Channel Islands as well as Royal Mail flights – in addition to the operation of a fleet of Falcon jets for service with the RAF and Royal Navy. The airport is also home to three flying schools training private and commercial pilots.

2010 becomes a landmark year for Bournemouth Airport with the official opening of its new departures terminal in June. The new terminal is twice the size of the old building, and has three times more retail and catering space. In 2011 Bournemouth Airport was voted the 'Best Airport in Europe' in the 1-5 million passenger category of the ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards. The new Arrivals Terminal is completed and opened in August 2011.