Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport (IATA: BOH, ICAO: EGHH) (previously known as Hurn Airport and Bournemouth International Airport) is an airport located 3.5 NM (6.5 km; 4.0 mi) north-northeast of Bournemouth,[1] in southern England. The site opened as RAF Hurn in 1941, but was transferred to civil control in 1944. For a short period (between 1944 and 1946) Hurn served as London's international airport, until the opening of facilities at Heathrow. Commercial services resumed in the late 1950s, with Palmair commencing flights to Palma, Majorca in October 1958.[3]

Bournemouth Airport
Airport typePrivate
Owner/OperatorRegional & City Airports (RCA)
ServesSouth Wiltshire, Dorset, New Forest
LocationHurn, Dorset
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL38 ft / 12 m
Coordinates50°46′48″N 001°50′33″W
Location in Dorset
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,271 7,451 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18-1919.0%
Aircraft Movements39,886
Movements change 17–1815.1%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Subsequently, Ryanair and TUI Airways based aircraft at the airport, with scheduled flights now frequently serving Western Europe and the Mediterranean area, with charter and seasonal services serving North Africa, North America, and the Caribbean.[4] Passenger numbers peaked in 2007 when just over one million passed through the airport. In 2019, the passenger total was around 803,000. This dropped to around 176,000 in 2020 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic[2]

Ryanair and TUI Airways are the primary users of the airport, which was owned and operated by Manchester Airports Group (MAG), one of the largest British airport operators until December 2017, when Regional & City Airports (RCA) acquired Bournemouth Airport for an undisclosed amount.[5]