After a short break, I thought it was time to give you the next in the series from my Region – I spent today in Southampton with our Manager Andy Pearcy who looks after Southampton Airport and Downtown (well really, it’s at the Port) – he’s ably assisted by designate manager Gill Smith and the teams of Naz, Rich, Claire, Michelle, Andy M, Justin and Marcin…
Hi, I’m Andy, and not wanting to be outdone by Portsmouth and Bournemouth, I thought I’d tell you a bit about Southampton where we have two locations. Gill Smith and I run both locations and we are known affectionately by our teams as Ross and Monica Gellar, after the FRIENDS brother and sister combo. Why anyone would think that we’re competitive and have OCD I have no idea :o)
Southampton has something for everyone, contrasting the medieval Bargate and the historical Roman seaport with the colourful, modern style of the city itself. Oxford Street is a good place for restaurants, particularly as it is right next to the marina while Leisure World, on West Quay Road, is your safest bet for a night out with an assortment of restaurants, bars, a casino, a bowling alley and several night clubs. If shopping is your thing then I’d suggest heading to West Quay Shopping Centre although you might be interested in the German Christmas market that is currently pitched up for a limited period at Above Bar Precinct. For more information The Southampton City Council provides great tips for days out in the city.
Our inner-city location is right by the Port and we often have passengers from the ships stopping by to rent cars while they’re in port. You can also get the ferry to the Isle of Wight right next-door. Alternatively, Southampton is only a short drive away from the New Forest – the destination for unspoilt views of the countryside and wildlife.
At the airport, we have lots of regular customers, many of whom fly in on Flybe our partner, and we’ve just had a very busy time at both locations due to the Southampton Boat show. The airport has some ambitious expansion plans and it’s a very exciting place to be.
Not being a footie fan, I wasn’t going to talk about Southampton FC, but I’ll probably be lynched by the Saints crowd if I don’t mention their existence and their dedicated fans. And we won’t enter the tea and coffee debate; too easy a win for us. Our favourite customers buy us coffees from the nice coffee shop at Southampton Airport and I love my lattes!
Andy Pearcy – Station Manager, Southampton Airport and Downtown