The BOAC Marine Air Terminal was situated at berth 50 in the Eastern Docks. It was brought into use in 1948 as a terminal for the BOAC flying boat services. Before World War Two flying boat services were operated by Imperial Airways, the forerunner of BOAC, from terminal 108 in the Western Docks. At that time Southampton was the centre for the Empire Air Mail Scheme, a passenger and mail service to Empire destinations. After the war this new terminal at berth 50 was used for the BOAC services to Japan, Australia and South Africa. Unfortunately, the service ended two years later in 1950. Aquila Airways continued to operate services from the terminal to Madeira, Lisbon and some European destinations until 1958.
Flying Boats of the Solent, by Norman Hull, p54-59, 64. (HS/pi)
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