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Southampton Airport lies just four miles north of Southampton and handles almost 1.7 million passengers a year to over 30 different destinations. Its important regional presence and location next to the English Channel gives the airport a fantastic setting, and can also be used for flying instruction. HAPPYCAR offers various attractive options for a Southampton Airport car hire so that wherever you decide to go, your stay in the UK is stress-free from day one. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals on a car hire to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific needs. You have the options of choosing car size, pick up location and type of insurance to ensure you get the best deal on a great car hire!

Background Information

The airport was built on the remains of a Roman villa, and the site has a long connection with aviation. In 1910, it was the spot where Edwin Roland Moon took off and landed his monoplane, and in 1932, the airport became an important arm of the RAF. A few years later the Spitfire was tested for the first time at Southampton Airport, and today a full-size sculpture of the iconic plane is found at the terminal entrance. In 1990, BAA purchased the site and three years later a major redevelopment was undertaken – after four years there was a massive spike in passenger numbers, and today Southampton Airport is regarded as one of Europe’s most modern regional airports.

A number of great facilities are to be found inside Southampton Airport. Mitchell’s Kitchen & Bar, named after RJ Mitchell, the designer of the Spitfire, offers a wide range of food and drink. World Duty Free is also available in the departure lounge, with a large selection of affordable items to take home with you. If you don’t want to carry all your purchases on your trip around the UK, you can leave them at the airport and collect them when you’re ready to fly out.


A car rental Southampton Airport is a great option for most people, and all major providers offered by HAPPYCAR can be found at the airport. Highways are easily accessible, and aside from the city of Southampton, which should definitely be visited to learn more about the importance of the city within South England, there are also clear links to London and Brighton, and also further west to places such as Bristol. The south end of the country is a varied and bright place to discover, and you have many options that await you with a car hire Southampton Airport.