Living just 20 minutes away from Southampton Airport, traveling abroad can be a dream. Hopping on the bus up to the terminal, passing through the quick check-in desk and security lane, and before you know it you’re browsing the duty free, grabbing a bite to eat and plane spotting as you wait for your call to proceed to gate.
Southampton airport has been ranked as one of the top airports in the UK. With over 1.9 million passengers passing through in the last year, it is one of the smaller UK airports, which has become increasingly efficient and effective for travel from the South Coast. Southampton’s partnership with KLM has seen it become an increasingly popular hub for travel, with available destinations broadening from internal UK flights and basic European destinations, to worldwide travel via Amsterdam Schiphol hub, where passengers can experience seamless connections to anywhere in the world.
Last week I was invited to the launch of the upgraded Priority Airport Lounge at the airport. Open to all travellers, the airport lounge is located upstairs in the airport and is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat, sit in comfort, relax, work, read the papers and extend your holiday by feeling pampered before you’ve even taken off. You can book the lounge in advance, or simply turn up and pay on the day to enjoy all of the facilities.
One of the main benefits of booking the airport priority lounge includes the vast selection of food and drinks available for you to select from the buffet and bar. The produce included has just been upgraded, supporting many local, independent brands and using fresh, seasonal produce. At the launch event I was able to taste some of the selection of foods that would normally be available in the lounge, including fresh pies, savouries and pastries from Piglets Pantry, a selection of local cheeses, and a wide variety of cakes from The Handmade Cake Company, which included an all important gluten free selection.
The food we sampled on the day was a brilliant selection, full of flavour and the perfect pre-flight snacks. I particularly enjoyed the festive sausage roll and goats cheese tarts from Piglets Pantry. We even got a brilliant selection of goodies to take home to enjoy. The buffet in the lounge is continuously re-stocked and the selection is specially selected to reflect the time of day, i.e. breakfast foods in the morning, lunch and afternoon tea. On one of the walls you can find out more details about the produce available in the priority lounge and where it is from.
The priority lounge is available daily from 5am onwards and includes:
- Comfortable seating
- High chairs and desks – perfect for working on your laptop
- Laptop and mobile charge points
- Unlimited WiFi
I had a moment to chat with the airport Managing Director David Lees, who shared the vision behind the new lounge. He explained that the priority lounge isn’t just a place for the businessmen in suits, but is available to all. From the frequent flyers, to the travel bloggers, to those simply off for a weekend break. The new menu for the lounge reflects the heart to support local businesses and engage with the community, which I think they’ve done really well.
The lounge is a great place to take a moment of quiet to catch up on emails, enjoy a snack or simply relax. With the vast array of food and drink on offer, it works out at great value, costing around £17 per person. With plenty of comfortable seating and excellent facilities, the priority lounge is somewhere I’m guaranteed to be visiting next time I fly out from Southampton.
Thank you to Southampton Airport for the invitation to the priority lounge launch and for our Piglet’s Pantry goodies!