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Bournemouth Airport: A Helpful Guide

Everything you need to know about Bournemouth Airport in one place!

Bournemouth Airport is a local airport in the South of England that flys to destinations in Great Britain, Europe and beyond.

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Planning your next holiday? Throughout the year, flights depart from Bournemouth Airport to a variety of destinations. This includes; Cyprus, Prague, Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Naples, Malta, Krakow, Faro, Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Murcia, Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca, Tenerife, Lanzerote, Gran Canaria, Turkey, Ireland and many more! These routes are generally provided by airlines such as Ryan Air, Tui and Logan Air. Interested in learning more? Check out our Bournemouth Airport flight timetable.


There are four main car park areas at Bournemouth Airport that vary depending on your needs. These car parks include:

    • Pick Up / Drop Off
    • Premium Car Park 1
    • Premium Car Park 2
    • Premium Car Park 3

All parking areas at Bournemouth Area require payment, including the pick up / drop off zone.

Special Assistance

Bournemouth Airport staff provide assistance, to support passengers with a wide range of needs. This includes:

    • Equality & Diversity trained staff
    • Pre – Travel visits via disability support groups
    • A range of adaptive measures to ensure you travel in comfort and safety

Passengers that require additional support, should make themselves known to the “Airport Information Desk” on arrival at the airport. Passengers with hidden disabilities can take advantage of the “Lanyard System” that alerts airport staff that you may need additional support with a hidden disability. If you are travelling with mobility equipment, you should speak to the airline as far in advance as possible (at least 48 hours before your departure), to inform them. They will explain everything you need to know from that point forwards.

If you require wheelchair assistance when you arrive at Bournemouth Airport, you should make your way to Car Park 1, and use the “Help Point” to request assistance. Wheelchairs are available to use free of charge, but are subject to availability. For the most up to date information about special assistance at Bournemouth Airport, read this page.


Bournemouth Airport (BOH), Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6SE

Contact Telephone Numbers

Bournemouth airport provides different contact telephone numbers for different services, including:

    • General enquiries and airport customer service: 01202 364 000
    • Car parking: 0345 319 9636
    • Lost property: 01202 364 183
    • Luggage lost in transit: 01202 364 318
    • Airline enquiries: Contact the airline directly

For all other enquiries, please use the contact form on this page.

Passenger Information

Passenger safety is at the heart of Bournemouth Airport services, and they rely on a number of processes to comply with the Civil Aviation Authority regulations. Everything you are asked to do at the airport has your safety and comfort in mind to help you enjoy your trip.

Check In
You are recommended to arrive at the airport 2 – 3 hours before your flight is due to depart, regardless if you checked in to your flight online, or if you need to check in at the airport. You should allow extra time if you need to park your car or require special assistance.

Baggage allowances on flights departing from Bournemouth Airport are dictated by the airline you are flying with. Please check your baggage allowance on your flight confirmation documentation, that were sent to you after you completed the payment for your flight. Be aware that different airlines have different allowances, so a bag that was allowed on one airline, may not be allowed on a different airline.

When you arrive at Bournemouth Airport, and after you have checked in, you will be required to make your way through security. Only ticket carrying passengers are permitted beyond this point. During the security checks, you should ensure you are not carrying any of the prohibited items in your hand baggage. You are permitted to take liquids through security, but only if they are stored in individual containers less than 100ml/100g in size. These containers must be contained within a small, clear, resealable bag approximately 20cm by 20cm in size.

Before you get to Bournemouth Airport, please ensure your passport is valid, in date and has at least 6 months left until expiry. If you have any concerns about the validity of your passport for your trip, please review the information on the website.

When flying IN to Bournemouth Airport, you will be required to show your passport before you can go through to the baggage hall. If you have anything to declare in excess of “Customs Allowances” you must exit the Airport via the “Red” channel. If you have nothing to declare, then exit the Airport via the “Green” channel.


Bournemouth Airport has a variety of facilities available to passengers on both the “Land side” (The area before security) and the “Air side” (The area after security). These include toilets, shops, cafe’s, bars and currency exchange services.

Before Security:

    • Shops: WH Smiths provides you with the opportunity to buy newspapers, magazines, snacks, drinks and sweets.
    • Currency Exchange: A Travelex store allows you to pick up pre-ordered currency, or you can exchange your cash into your desired currency on the day (Opening times vary throughout the week. Check here for more.)
    • Toilets: A full range of toilets, including disabled access toilets are available before security.
    • Food & Drink: At Joe’s Coffee House you can enjoy a range of hot and cold snacks, as well as a full compliment of cold beverages, teas, coffees and more. Relax in the seating area provided or grab and go.
    • Cash Machines: Cash machines are available before security.
    • Wifi: Bournemouth Airport provide free Wifi to its passengers. Simply select “BOH Public Wifi” from your device to connect.

After Security:

    • Shops: You will find another branch of WH Smiths, giving you a chance to make any last minute purchases like travel accessories, books, drinks and snacks for you flight.
    • A World Of Duty Free: A wide selection of Spirits, tobacco, fragrances, fashion accessories and more are available to you as you walk through to the departure lounge.
    • Currency Exchange: Travelex ATMs are available once you are past security.
    • Toilets: Mens, Womens and Disabled Toilets are available.
    • Food & Drink: The Olive Tree Bar & Restaurant is everything you need, morning, noon and night.
    • Cash Machines: You can access cash machines after security.
    • Wifi: Free Wifi is available throughout the airport, simply select “BOH Public Wifi” when prompted by your device.

Premium Lounge

From 1st June 2019, Bournemouth airport will have a premium lounge facility, that allows you to await your flight in comfort and style. Access to the premium lounge will incur a cost of approximately £22 per person, but that will get you:

    • Quiet & relaxing private lounge
    • Comfortable seating
    • Complimentary refreshments
    • Newspapers & magazines
    • High speed Wifi

To book your premium lounge pass, click here.


There are no hotels at Bournemouth Airport itself, but there are a number of alternatives nearby. The closest hotel to Bournemouth Airport is Heronshaw Guest House which is 0.6 miles from the Airport and includes parking at £5 per night whilst you are away. However, you have a number of options available to you if you are happy to travel a bit further.

Interested in how to get free parking? Click here to read our helpful guide to Bournemouth Airport Hotels.

Private Jet

  • If you need to fly from Bournemouth Airport on your own terms, then you will need a private jet. With check in times of only 15 minutes before your flight departs, your own departure gate, avoiding the queues and much more privacy, Bournemouth Airport has partnered with PrivateFly to let you travel in style.

    If you’re looking for information about chartering a private jet from Bournemouth Airport, then start your research by visiting


  • Originally opened as RAF Hurn on the 1st of August 1941, it supported many RAF units towards the end of World War Two. It was eventually passed to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and it was the main hub for international flights into the UK until 1948 when London Heathrow had been completed, and airlines chose to fly there instead. It has changed ownership multiple times over the decades, and today it supports over 600,000 passengers every year.


    • Total number of passengers flown in 2017: 694,660
    • Total Take Offs + Landings in 2017: 34,641
    • 2017 Most Popular Destination: Palma De Mallorca
    • PalmAir was a British Tour Operator that was based in Bournemouth and flew flights from Bournemouth Airport. Its Founder, Peter Bath used to personally welcome passengers onto the flight before take off.

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