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BA (Hons) International Air Travel and Tourism Management students went behind the scenes at Southampton Airport recently, getting a guided tour both airside and onto the runway by Head of Operations, Neil Garwood.

26th March 2018

BA (Hons) International Air Travel and Tourism Management students went behind the scenes at Southampton Airport recently, getting a guided tour both airside and onto the runway by Head of Operations, Neil Garwood.

Having been learning about airport operations, students learnt how each area of the airport differed from – and at the same time depended on – another. Plus, senior managers spoke to them about how the airport functions, the challenges of its operation, and the ways of getting into the industry.

Joanne Hooker, Head of International, Tourism & Events, says: “It was amazing to see one of the most important employees at the airport at work on the runway – the bird scarer who patrols the runway looking for debris or wildlife that could potentially cause a catastrophic accident.

“It showed students that regardless of the job, from bird scarer, to waste collection, to passport control, there is a vital role for everyone in the day-to-day running of a busy airport.”

Student Alex Parkinson, adds: “It was exciting to have the chance to see what the public don’t usually get to see. It gave us a practical experience to mix in with what we’ve been taught in the classroom.”