Agenda and minutes

Airport Consultative Committee - Friday, 8 February 2019 2:00 pm

Venue: Southampton International Airport, Spitfire Meeting Room

Contact: Matt Dobrowolski, Case Mangement Officer Tel: 023 8068 8080; Email: 

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To consider the minutes of the meetings held on 8 June 2018 and 12 October 2018.

Additional documents:



That the minutes of the meetings held on 8 June 2018 and 12 October 2018 be confirmed and signed as the correct record.




Airport Managing Director's Report pdf icon PDF 698 KB

Including the Monitoring of the Flying Controls Agreement.


The Managing Director of Southampton Airport International Limited, Neil Garwood, delivered his report which had been circulated with the agenda.


·  Passenger numbers and aircraft movements.

Between September and December 2018, Southampton Airport welcomed 639,232 passengers. It was a small decrease on the figures from previous year. This was partially due to BMI Regional pulling out of Southampton Airport and partially due to softening of passenger numbers.

There were also fewer aircraft movements in the same period.

·  News

Summer campaign for 2019 was launched on Boxing Day. Summer destinations included Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza . FlyLoLo would be returning to Southampton with seven exiting destinations around Mediterranean.


EasyJet returned to Southampton Airport with it’s route to Geneva.


KLM announced that it would be pulling out of Southampton as operating the route to Amsterdam Schipol Airport was no longer deemed profitable.


Flybe announced on the 11 January 2019 that they had been acquired by by a consortium named Connect Airways – formed of 40% Cyrus (US Investment Firm), 30% Stobart Aviation, 30% Virgin Group.

Boardroom discussions were currently being held to finalise the acquisition.

The investment will allow Flybe to continue as an independent operating carrier under the Virgin Atlantic brand.


Disruptive passengers. Airport was operating in conjunction with all business partners and Hampshire Police to ensure that alcohol related incidents remained at ta very low level. The airport would be looking to launch Campus Watch (similar to Pub Watch).



The events which unfolded at Gatwick Airport between 19 and 20 December exposed the risk of irresponsible drone use around airports.

Southampton Airport was reviewing its measures to control use of drones in the vicinity of the airport.

The Government was proposing a five kilometre drone free zones around airports.


Management and staff.

Customer Service Manager – Hazel Screech marked twenty five years of working at Southampton Airport. Gemma Forman, the Airport Duty Manager and the Swissport Station Manager - Alan Howe, both received the Breeze through Awards, awarded to staff that went “over and above” in order to provide help and assistance to passengers.


·  Vortex.

There were no reported occurrences of vortex damage between September and December 2018.


·  Community  and Charity

Southampton Airport reached its annual fundraising target for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA), raising £38,000 for the life-saving service. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance was a service which was able to get to anywhere in Hampshire within 15 minutes. It costed £15K to operate the service each day.

Date was announced for this year’s official Runway Run which was due to take place on the airport’s runway at 5:30am on Sunday 23 June 2019. Tickets for the run had sold out .


·  Online and Social Media

Airport account had over 40K followers on twitter. It was also now possible to follow the airport MD on twitter – @SOUairportMD


·  Master Plan Update

The Consultation on the Airport’s Draft Master Plan closed in October 2018. The engagement from the local community was high and nearly 400 pieces of feedback were received – 62% of which were positive, showing strong support from within the local community for airport growth, increased choice and increased connections for passengers.

The airports was now preparing to submit a planning application in late spring.


·  Noise and aircraft movements.

There were 13 complaints between September and December 2018, it was the same number as in 2016. There were no complaints in 2017 for that period.

Number of overall movements were within set tolerances.




Questions and comments from the Committee Members.


Councillor Mintoff asked how long it would be for the acquisition  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.


Noise Action Plan and Noise Desk System.


Nicola Shaw from the Noise Evaluation Unit delivered the report.

There were more noise complaints in the fourth quarter of last year which coincided with the announcement of Master Plan.

Twenty seven households complained and there were thirty three separate complaints.

New route deviation desk system was introduced in April 2018. A lot of work had been done to reduce deviations.

The airport was committed to working with both large airline operators and with small business operators.


Live demonstration of the Route deviation system was presented to the committee members.

The presented software could help the Airport staff to coordinate the gathered information between the airlines, Air Traffic Control and also the members of public who made complaints relating to noise / deviation from route.

In case there was a specific noise complaint, the system was able to suggest the aircraft which generated the complaint by deviating from the route.


Chair of the Committee, Godfrey Olson was very pleased that the noise complaints were being taken seriously and that the Airport had a good system at its disposal to help with investigating the complaints.



Update on Masterplan

including Airspace, planning applications and consultations.


It was planned to extend the runway within the site and increase employment by 50% over the next 20 years. This allowed operators to do more, offering higher load factors with more seats. Four drop-ins had been held in September for members of the public. With the 400 pieces of feedback, 62% were positive. 38% were negative and this was mainly due to concerns around noise, air quality and local transport infrastructure. The Managing Director showed a postcode map demonstrating where the positive/negative comments had been received. Commitments had been made on noise. Outcomes of air quality surveys would be taken to the local community offering transparency. There was a commitment to working with the Local Authorities road structure. The pre-application had been submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council in December 2018. It was still open to consultees. The full application would be submitted at the end of April/ beginning of May.

Set of new public consultations would be proposed to take place in May.

Noise and air quality surveys were planned in specific locations around the airport. A noise insulation policy was being written .

The airport aimed to achieve airport carbon accreditation as it had demonstrated year on year reductions, aiming to zero emissions in the future.




Councillor Izzard ( Winchester Council) wanted to know if Winchester City Council would be included as a consultee.

MD, Neil Garwood confirmed that Winchester City Council would be consulted.

Southampton City Council Councillor, Sharon Mintoff wanted to know if the committee members would be made aware of when the further consultations on the planning application would take place.

The MD confirmed that they would be emailed all dates in due course.


Technical Working Group feedback pdf icon PDF 265 KB

Including the update on Drones.


The minutes of the most recent meeting of the Technical Working Group were

circulated to members with the Agenda, and were noted at the meeting.


The Airport MD confirmed that the Airport was prepared for operation in case of a no deal Brexit.


Date and time of next meeting

Next meeting would take place on the 14 June 2019 at 2pm in the Spitfire Meeting Room at Southampton Airport.


It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on Friday 21 June at