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Southampton Airport Parking

You can save a great deal on parking at Southampton Airport and Southampton Cruise Port by pre-booking with Purple Parking. We can arrange off-airport and off-port parking at a reasonable and competitive price with our parking partners Stress Free Meet & Greet and Stress Free Cruise Parking.

Stress Free Parking provide Meet & Greet services which offer secure parking at car parks near to the airport and cruise port, but with the convenience of dropping your car off at the terminal.

Southampton Airport is situated 4 miles north-east of Southampton City centre. It is easily accessible by car. The airport can be found just off of JUNCTION 5 of the M27 MOTORWAY.

Southampton Cruise Port is located close to the city centre and can be accessed easily from Junction 3 of the M27 Motorway. Exit at Junction 3 and take the M271 towards Southampton. At the end of the motorway take the A33, following the signs for the Waterfront.

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

Parking Services at Southampton Airport

At Southampton Airport, Purple Parking offers a Meet & Greet service operated by:

With the Meet & Greet service, just drive yourself to Southampton Airport where you will be met by a chauffeur from Stress Free Parking. The chauffeur will collect your vehicle and take it to a secure car park nearby, where it will stay for the duration of your trip. When you return, call the car park as soon as possible after landing and a chauffeur will be waiting to hand your vehicle back to you once you have cleared the airport terminal.

We also offer a Meet & Greet service for Southampton Cruise Port operated by:

Simply drive yourself to Southampton Cruise Port where you will be met by a chauffeur from Stress Free Cruise Parking. The chauffeur will collect your vehicle and take it to a secure car park nearby, where it will stay for the duration of your cruise. When you return, call the car park when you are disembarking and a chauffeur will despatched with your car to meet you at the dock.

Facilities at Southampton Airport

The facilities on offer at Southampton International Airport include those for business travellers, children and the disabled. There is reliable and regular public transportation available to and from Southampton International Airport and there are regular train services to Southampton city centre. Connections to the airport can be made by bus or taxi and there are car rental offices in the terminal.


About Southampton Airport

Southampton International Airport is the 20th largest airport in the UK which offers both scheduled and holiday charter flights within the UK and Europe.

  • Southampton International Airport services the travel needs of over almost 2 million passengers a year and is owned and operated by the British Airports Authority.
  • The airport is located in Eastleigh near Southampton and close to the M3 and M27 motorways.
  • Spitfire aircraft were assembled and tested at Southampton and the first one took to the skies from there in March 1936.
"… linking the South Coast with more than 40 destinations in Britain and Europe. Whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, rediscover the joy of flying at Southampton Airport."

The History of Southampton Airport

According to a local historian, the airport’s site has a connection with aviation that goes back to 1910 when pioneer pilot Eric Moon used the meadows at North Stoneham Farm as a take off and landing spot for his monoplane, Moonbeam Mark II. In 1917 Stoneham Farm was requisitioned by the War Office as an Aircraft Acceptance Park but was handed over to the US Navy to develop as an assembly area. At the peak of the American presence, some 4,000 officers and men were billeted in tents and huts along the London-Southampton railway line which runs next to the site.

After the war the site became a transit camp for refugees, predominantly Russian, who were awaiting passage to America from the Port of Southampton. The shipping companies turned the site into the Atlantic Park Hostel Company to house them temporarily, however following changes made to the US immigration laws some residents were forced to stay much longer than was invisaged. At the height of its use, in 1928, 20,000 passed through Atlantic Park but thereafter figures started to decrease, leading to the closure of the hostel in 1931.

In 1932 Southampton Corporation purchased the site and turned it into "Southampton Municipal Airport". Part of the site was subsequently used by the Fleet Air Arm of the RAF and was briefly known as RAF Eastleigh before becoming RAF Southampton in 1936. The military site was transferred to naval command in 1939 and renamed HMS Raven, and subsequently spent most of the war in a ground and air training role for the Royal Navy. The site was eventually passed back into civilian ownership in April 1946 and regular air services to the Channel Islands resumed.

During the 1950s the mainstay of business for the airport was the cross-channel car ferry service operated by Silver City Airways. In the 1960’s the Southampton Corporation sold the airport to a private investor who immediately started work on making improvements to the airport, which included the construction of a concrete runway. Within the first year of operations with the completed new runway, passenger figures increased four-fold and over 270,000 passengers used the airport. During the 1970’s, although passenger numbers declined due to an economic recession, a new air traffic control tower was built and surveillance radar was installed.

In 1988 the airport was sold to a consortium of investors who applied for planning permission to completely redevelop the airport, but was subsequently purchased by BAA two years later with plans to invest £27 million in the airport. Planning permission was granted in 1993 and construction began on a new terminal building. The following year saw HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York open the newly completed building and the airport was renamed BAA Southampton International Airport. By 2003, Southampton International Airport was handling over 1 million passengers each year and further improvements have been made to the airport including a redeveloped Departure Lounge and improved Check-in and baggage facilities.