DCCI chief executive Ian Girling: Fantastic news about new routes flying from Bournemouth Airport

Ian Girling

Ian Girling

First published in News

OVER the last couple of weeks we’ve been incredibly busy working with our members across Dorset.

Last week we were privileged to have a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Bournemouth Airport, Dorset Chamber patrons.

Once I finally made it through customs after a thorough body search (I must look guilty, it happens to me all the time), we had a fascinating tour of the whole airport.

What was interesting was to see the range of businesses and activities based at the airport – and get a better understanding of how important the airport is locally from an economic perspective.

So often all we see or experience is the airport as the first stop on our holidays.

The holiday routes are incredibly important but the airport is also home to a huge array of business from hi-tech aerospace manufacturing busi-nesses, valuable storage for private jets, freight businesses, flying schools as well as numerous other businesses across all sectors.

It is obviously fantastic news this week that three major airlines have confirmed they will be flying from Bournemouth with new routes over the winter and next summer (including new destinations).

This is incredibly important for the area in terms of growth and job creation – the airport really is important for the area.

Within the chamber, we continue to go from strength to strength.

I am delighted to welcome Anne Warner as our new membership manager.

This is a crucial role as we focus on developing the chamber. Next week will also welcome Richard Burn, our third business navigator, who will be working across the county advising businesses as part of the Dorset Growth Hub we deliver with WSX.

Our new PR arrangements with our partner Deep South Media are also working extremely well as we raise the profile of Dorset as a place to do business.

We also have a strong focus on helping businesses trade internationally with new workshops on specific overseas opportunities and our new International Trade Business Network, delivered with UKTI.

With our team made up from the chamber Board, Council, Patrons and Members, we really are on the up as we develop our services and welcome new members on a daily basis. We are on a mission to drive economic growth in Dorset.

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5:59pm Mon 26 May 14

twynham says...

I was under the impression Ryanair had DROPPED two winter routes.
I was under the impression Ryanair had DROPPED two winter routes. twynham
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2:57pm Tue 27 May 14

skydriver says...

What you didn't say. Is anything about the very unreasonable drop off charge.
Get rid of that and a few more may fly from Bournemouth.we know many people who have boycotted this airport for that very reason.
What you didn't say. Is anything about the very unreasonable drop off charge. Get rid of that and a few more may fly from Bournemouth.we know many people who have boycotted this airport for that very reason. skydriver
  • Score: -3

3:44pm Tue 27 May 14

boardsandphotos says...

Even with the trivial matter of paying a £2.50 drop off charge I'll still saving Time and Money flying from Bournemouth in the summer.

Stress free departure from the Airport when you lot will have been awake for 2 hours already slogging it up to Gatwick, I'll also be home in bed asleep when you are still in Passport control on the way home.

Local convenience, 4 hours of my life not wasted on motorways, £2.50? You can't even buy a pint og beer for that now.
Even with the trivial matter of paying a £2.50 drop off charge I'll still saving Time and Money flying from Bournemouth in the summer. Stress free departure from the Airport when you lot will have been awake for 2 hours already slogging it up to Gatwick, I'll also be home in bed asleep when you are still in Passport control on the way home. Local convenience, 4 hours of my life not wasted on motorways, £2.50? You can't even buy a pint og beer for that now. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 7

7:18pm Tue 27 May 14

Minty Fresh says...

Ryanair have dropped routes! Yes they've added a couple of new destinations but at the expense of others! And if the airport really want a good PR stunt, drop the drop off charge!!!!!
Ryanair have dropped routes! Yes they've added a couple of new destinations but at the expense of others! And if the airport really want a good PR stunt, drop the drop off charge!!!!! Minty Fresh
  • Score: -3

7:43pm Tue 27 May 14

boardsandphotos says...

twynham wrote:
I was under the impression Ryanair had DROPPED two winter routes.
Over the full year Bournemouth Airport can fly you to over 30 destinations in 15 different Countries.

That's more than Southampton Airport if you take out all the domestic flights, and most of Southampton's non-domestic flights are to French towns and cities (about 15 different locations in France) (Nothing wrong with France but it's a bit overkill)

So for a little airport that's pretty good in my opinion, well done to Bournemouth Airport, I hope business keeps growing for you, I'll continue to use you despite the £2.50 drop off fee.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: I was under the impression Ryanair had DROPPED two winter routes.[/p][/quote]Over the full year Bournemouth Airport can fly you to over 30 destinations in 15 different Countries. That's more than Southampton Airport if you take out all the domestic flights, and most of Southampton's non-domestic flights are to French towns and cities (about 15 different locations in France) (Nothing wrong with France but it's a bit overkill) So for a little airport that's pretty good in my opinion, well done to Bournemouth Airport, I hope business keeps growing for you, I'll continue to use you despite the £2.50 drop off fee. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 4

8:58pm Tue 27 May 14

Minty Fresh says...

I absolutely will not fly from Bournemouth again until the drop off charge is dropped. It's a disgusting con indicative of the rip off mentality of large companies in this country. It's not the money it's the principal. Those who continue to patronise this airport are giving other airports/companies the green light to rip us off in the same manner. Shame on those of you who can't see the big picture and continue to fly from there. Well done on lining the pockets of scum bags.
I absolutely will not fly from Bournemouth again until the drop off charge is dropped. It's a disgusting con indicative of the rip off mentality of large companies in this country. It's not the money it's the principal. Those who continue to patronise this airport are giving other airports/companies the green light to rip us off in the same manner. Shame on those of you who can't see the big picture and continue to fly from there. Well done on lining the pockets of scum bags. Minty Fresh
  • Score: -3

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