The rise of regional airports has been welcomed by many travellers, with passenger numbers rising steadily. Southampton Airport is one such regional hub that many people may not be too familiar with.
That's all been changing in recent years, as passenger numbers swell. So what's the story behind the success of this airport in Hampshire. We take a closer look.
One look at the list of departures from the airport is enough to tell you that much of the success is about one major airline - Flybe. Flybe are a budget airline that operates from a number of UK regional airports.
They fly internally within the UK and also to a wide range of European cities. Their coverage of flights to France, in particular, is very strong. It seems that their flights are well used, with customers ranging from business people to tourists and those who have homes on the continent.
Why is it that so many people are choosing to fly from Southampton? Cost is certainly an important factor for some. The fact that Flybe appeal to budget travellers has certainly helped. Flight prices are certainly cheap, particularly if you're wise enough to book well in advance.
Cost is by no means the only explanation. It's clear that the airport has looked to make people aware of just how much more convenient it is to use a local airport. Why bother travelling to Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted when there's an airport that's so close by?
The excellent transport links also help in ensuring that this is seen as a convenient point to depart from. Located close to the M3 and M27 motorways, many people choose to drive to catch their flight.
Others like the fact that there is a dedicated mainline railway station - Southampton Airport Parkway. Services from Parkway depart at regular intervals, linking this regional airport with much of Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset.
There's also a direct link in to London's Waterloo station.
When you put all of these factors together, it becomes plain to see why Southampton Airport has been so successful.