Agenda and minutes

Airport Consultative Committee - Friday, 12 February 2016 2:00 pm

Venue: Southampton International Airport, Spitfire Meeting Room

Contact: Karin James, Democratic Services Officer (Tel: 023 8068 8113; Email: 

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 192 KB


RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 16 October 2015 be confirmed and signed as a true record.


Airport Managing Director's Report pdf icon PDF 621 KB


Dave Lees took the meeting through his report, previously circulated with the minutes.  Members were pleased to note the new airlines using the Airport, and congratulated staff on continuing to keep the Airport friendly with excellent and efficient links to the rest of the world. 


Noise Action Plan - verbal update


Apart from a complaint resulting from a medical emergency there was nothing to report.  Members noted how the number of complaints had fallen dramatically over the years. 


Monitoring of the Flying Controls Agreement


Mr Lees advised Members that the Airport were in the process of transitioning to new IT systems and therefore the statistics required to compile this report had not been available prior to the meeting.  It was agreed as soon as these became available the report would be written and circulated with the minutes. 


Surface Transport Access

It is hoped that a member of South West Trains may be able to join the meeting to provide an update. 


It was confirmed that letters from both the Airport and the Consultative Committee had been sent in response to the Government Consultation.  The general consensus was that better links were required to the East of the Airport and to highlight the significance of the Airport both in terms of travel and economic opportunities for the area.  Responses had also been sent by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Winchester City Council highlighting that the Airport was a mere 60 minutes from London and 30 minutes to Portsmouth by train.  Councillor Airey and an officer from Eastleigh Borough Council had attended a Department for Transport stakeholder conference and had used this as a good opportunity to advise South West Trains what was required. 


Technical Working Group feedback pdf icon PDF 138 KB

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The minutes of the recent Technical Working Group meeting had been circulated to Members.  The subject of drones raised at the previous Consultative Committee meeting was briefly discussed and Iain McDermott Paine dvised members that there had been a near miss incident to the north of the Airport when a drone was flown close to a Flybe aircraft.  The report was now in the public domain.  The Airport Operators Association were working with other agencies to educate how drones should be flown responsibly.  It was confirmed that Mims Davies MP had written to the Secretary of State for Transport highlighting the dangers, a copy of this letter would be circulated to Members when the minutes were published.


The VOR Beacon should be coming into commission in the next two years but this should have no effect on agreed routes. 


Any Other Business


Councillor Sharon Mintoff informed those present that ex Councillor and Member of the Consultative Committee Ann Milton had sadly and unexpectedly passed away on Boxing Day.  The Committee expressed their condolences to the family. 


Joan Smith of the Bitterne Park Residents Association informed the meeting that the Residents Association were now an online association and as such enquired whether their membership on the Committee was still permitted.  It was suggested they might put a link on their website to the Consultative Committee so the minutes could be available to them online. 


Geoff Wilkinson commented that there appeared to be a shortage of disabled parking bays – Dave Lees agreed to look at the problem but confirmed some bays were currently temporary. 




Date and time of next meeting

10 or 17 June 2016 to be decided.


The next meeting was agreed to be held on 17 June 2016 at 2pm in the Spitfire Room at the Airport.