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Bournemouth Airport

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Bournemouth Airport Delays

Facts and Figures about the Airport

Previously known as Bournemouth International Airport and Hurn Airport, Bournemouth Airport is an airport situated about 7 kilometres north-east of Bournemouth Town, England. It is found on the edge of the small village of Hurn in the Borough of Christchurch. Due to its large size and numerous airlines, the Bournemouth Airport serves a large number of passengers every year. In the year 2008, the airport was handling an average of about 1 million passengers every year. This number, however, decreased to fewer than 700,000 in 2013. In order to increase passenger handling capacity, the Manchester Airport Group has decided to set aside more than £45 million for a redevelopment plan. This will allow the airport to handle up to about 3,2 million passengers by 2025.
The airport is currently being used by Aer Lingus, Ryanair, easyJet,and Thomson Airways. Aer Lingus has direct flights to Dublin, while EasyJet flies solely to Geneva. Ryanair flies to Carcassonne, Ibiza, Faro, Pisa, Palma, Malaga, Murcia, Alicante and Rhodes. Thomson Airways services routes to Greece, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Egypt.

Bournemouth Airport since WWII

The airport began operating as RAF Hurn in the year 1941. Apart from being used for paratroop training, it was also used as a glider base by the United Kingdom and United States. The United States Army Air Forces used its hardened runways to prepare for the D-Day (June 6th 1944) as well as the Battle of Normandy.
Towards the end of 1944, the airport was taken over by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and served as UK's only transatlantic airport for a long period of time until Heathrow Airport opened in the year 1946. Flights arrived and departed from various destinations around the world including Washington, Accra, New York, Sydney, Calcutta, Cairo, and Johannesburg.

Between 1950 and 1980, the airport was actively involved in the production of aircraft such as the Vickers Viscount aircraft, BAC 1-11 jet aircraft, as well as the manufacture of Concorde components. In the year 1969, the airfield was purchased from the Government by Dorset Councils together with Bournemouth Corporation. The new owners developed it into a commercial airport before selling it to the National Express Group in 1995. It was later sold to the Manchester Airport Group in the year 2001. The airport is currently being used by a variety of airlines serving passengers from different parts of the world.

Departure and Arrival Statistics - What to do in Case of Delays?

The airport has managed to maintain a good and admirable record of punctuality and minimal flight cancelations. About 13% of departures and 5% of arrivals are late every week. Airlines most likely to have delayed flights are Ryanair and EasyJet, with the other airlines rarely experiencing lateness. To see all current delays, please look at the list above this article. If you have experienced lateness or flight cancellation in the past three years, you have the right to ask for compensation. A compensation of up to £480 (600€) has to be provided for all flights that are at least 3 hours late. Pursing a claim alone can be time consuming and confusing, so let us do all the hard work on your behalf. Flightright offers our services at affordable rates, asking you just to agree to a 25% success fee (plus VAT) of your compensation should the case result in a positive outcome. For more information, and to see if your delayed flight is eligible for compensation, please see below.

What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

  • gather information
  • Take photos
  • You are entitled to vouchers
  • Keep documents from the airline, such as letters, tickets, vouchers
250 €
< 1,500km
3H Delay
400 €
1,500km - 3,500km
3H Delay
600 €
> 3,500km
3H Delay
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