Agenda and minutes

Airport Consultative Committee - Friday, 13 February 2015 2:00 pm

Venue: Southampton International Airport, Spitfire Meeting Room

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Welcome to Nigel Smith - Tourism South East


The Chairman welcomed to the Committee, Mr Nigel Smith, from Tourism South East.


Nigel thanked the Chairman for his introduction and advised members that he was pleased to become a permanent member of this Committee. He was shortly to become the Chief Executive of Tourism South East which was based in Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh.


Nigel went on to give a brief PowerPoint presentation on Tourism South East, formally known as the Regional Tourist Board but no longer funded by the Government, nor restricted to the South East. It was still a ‘not for profit’ organisation with members and partners, with an aim to provide services and expertise to support the performance and growth of tourism businesses and destinations.


The organisation worked very closely with the airport to bring foreign visitors to the region. The most recent initiative was an exhibition at the Netherlands largest travel show, Vakantiebeurs, working with Southampton airport staff to encourage Dutch, Belgian and French travel to the south coast via the Southampton International Airport gateway.


The Chairman thanked Nigel for a very informative presentation.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To consider the Minutes of 17 October 2014.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2014 be confirmed and signed as a true record of the meeting.


Airport Managing Director's Report pdf icon PDF 209 KB

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Dave Lees presented his report which had previously been circulated with the agenda. He advised those present that Southampton airport had become part of AGS (Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton) Airports Ltd. AGS was in an equal partner between Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). At Southampton Airport it was still ‘business as usual’ and would continue to operate independently as an airport. It would however look to maximise the opportunities of sharing and implementing best practice across the three airports in future.


The summer schedule had been announced, with 28 routes and up to 320 flights per week. There were two new routes to Corsica (Bastia) and Milan Malpensa. The summer would also see Flybe’s shuttle service to and from Jersey and Aberdeen with stop offs at Southampton and Leeds Bradford airports.


Flybe had signed a new codeshare agreement with Dublin based Aer Lingus for flights from Southampton Airport. This enabled Southampton passengers to access destinations across North America via a stop off in Dublin. The added benefit was that Dublin airport provided US pre-clearance which meant that passengers arrived in the US as a ‘domestic passenger’ and by-passed the lengthy US Customs and Immigration queues.


A new agreement with Eastern Airways would provide Southampton Airport travellers with greater Norwegian connections via Aberdeen, and a series of special flights in the summer to Lorient in France.


Appendix A to the report itemised noise complaints which were comparable to 2013 and an incredible low value against 2012, which was encouraging.


The Chairman accepted Mr Lees report with thanks and congratulated him on an email he had received from UKACCS advising that Southampton Airport was ranked the top airport in the UK for service. It had scored highly in a range of categories for 2014, including overall satisfaction with the airport for both its leisure and business passengers, waiting time at security and the courtesy and helpfulness of airport staff.


Noise Action Plan


Iain McDermott-Paine reported that this was covered under item 6, Technical Working Group Feedback.


Monitoring of the Flying Controls Agreement pdf icon PDF 27 KB

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Tony Wright presented a report summarising the statistics of operational activity at Southampton Airport for the September to December period of 2014 provided by Southampton Airport in accordance with the Flying Controls Agreement between the owners of the airport and the Borough Council. The report also compared the figures with those for the previous year. He drew attention to an error in the report at paragraph 2 which should have referred to the total number of aircraft movements in 2014 being 40,501, a small reduction of 0.31% on the 2013 total.


He advised that the figures received from the airport for ‘To/From the north’ in Appendix 6a to the report, had been transposed and had been corrected in paragraph 5 of his report.


The monitoring continued to show airport operational activity to be well within the terms of the Flying Controls Agreement, and showed some growth in activity compared with the previous year in this period and over the year as a whole.


The Chairman thanked Tony Wright for his final report to the Committee, advising that he had been a great asset to this Committee for over the last 25 years. His experience would be greatly missed and, on behalf of the Committee, thanked him for his services and wished him well in his retirement.


Technical Working Group feedback pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Minutes of the Technical Working Group held on 27 January 2015 are attached.


Iain McDermott-Paine advised that the Minutes of the Technical Working Group were circulated with the agenda.


He made reference to the Noise Preferred Routing Deviation (NPR) item which proposed a paragraph be included in SIAL’s conditions of use (to be published in April 2015) advising that any breaches to SIAL’s preferred routes would incur a surcharge of £300. Any money received from this surcharge could be used for the benefit of the local community around the airport.


Date and time of next meeting


The Chairman announced that the next Airport Consultative Committee Conference was to be held on 10/11 June 2015. He himself was unable to attend but sought approval from the Committee to send the Vice-Chairman, Councillor David Airey, along with the Honorary Secretary, Richard Ward. It was also suggested that Southampton Airport put itself forward to host the next conference.


All present agreed.


The next meeting was to be held on Friday 12 June at 2pm in The Spitfire Room, Southampton International Airport.