We could have had a ‘smaller Gatwick’

Air hostesses beside a Channel Airways aircraft at Portsmouth Airport in 1962.

Air hostesses beside a Channel Airways aircraft at Portsmouth Airport in 1962.

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I wonder how many younger readers know that Portsmouth once had an airport, or airfield to give it its proper name?

Most have visited it many times as the Anchorage Park housing estate now occupies the location alongside Eastern Road.

It was such a handy location and, with a little bit of forethought, the old railway triangle at Drayton just up the road could have been turned into a transport hub for the airport.

Trains could have come and gone from all over the country and would have made the city, perhaps, a smaller Gatwick.

Here we see an Evening News advert from 1964 when Channel Airways offered passengers the chance to nip over to Paris for £7 17s (£7.85) single, which sounds good but at today’s prices would be £134.78.

I went on the internet yesterday and could get a return flight deal for £45.

That puts it into perspective.

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