Agenda and minutes

Extraordinary Meeting, Airport Consultative Committee - Tuesday, 18 September 2018 2:00 pm

Venue: Southampton International Airport, Spitfire Meeting Room

Contact: Amy Stephens, Case Mangement Officer Tel: 023 8068 8273; Email: 

No. Item


Airport Master Plan 2018-2037


Neil Garwood, Managing Director welcomed the attendees.

He presented the new draft Master Plan which set out the vision and growth predictions for the next twenty years up to the year 2037.

The previous Master Plan was published in November 2006, following public consultation. Since then the global recession of 2007/8 had a marked impact on regional aviation.

The Master Plan proposals included the development of a runway extension, expansion of aviation facilities including the expansion of the existing terminal. It also highlighted the necessity of the increase in public transport use as access to the airport to 31% by the year 2037.

Currently the airport was used by two million passengers and it was hoped that this number would increase to four million by 2027 and five million by 2037. Such increase would provide an additional 500 jobs onsite and £400 million annual contribution to the region’s economy by 2037.


Extending the runway would provide bigger flexibility to the existing and new carriers, thus enabling creation of routes to new destinations. This in turn would not only provide a great opportunity to people wanting to travel from Southampton Airport but also to all of the businesses in the region.


Committee members asked several questions, namely :


Q:What type of aircraft would fly from Southampton Airport; once the runway was extended and would that in turn create additional noise?


A:The Managing Director confirmed that the largest aircraft operating from the airport would be of a narrow-body construction such as the Airbus A319/A320 and Boeing 737-800 with 150-190 seats. The airport would continue with their aviation industry leading noise management initiatives like the Flying Controls Agreement which was established to safeguard the natural environment and the local community. He also pointed out that most carriers constantly improve their fleets to be quieter and more efficient as there was a lot of technological improvement in recent years.


Q: Was the frequency of take offs and landings at Southampton Airport likely to increase?


A: Due to the larger capacity of aircraft operating from the airport in the future after the starter runway was extended, the aircraft movements would increase by much less than the equivalent increase in passengers.


Q: Would the means by which the airport can be reached sufficient in the future, with more passengers using the airport?


A: The airport would continue to work with public transport providers to increase the number of passengers using bus, coach, rail or bicycle, and thus reducing the reliance on individual cars. Some improvement to the local rail and road/motorway network would be needed and some of the improvements (like the smart motorways) were already underway.


Q: Was it true that there was a tunnel to be built in the North East Zone of the Airport?


A: Yes, the Airport intended to secure a planning permission for a tunnel to be built under the extended runway to ensure future access through the site. The tunnel could be connected to potential infrastructure at a later stage.


Q: Could a consortium consisting of local authorities, rail companies, transport operators, government agencies and others be set up to bid for government grants?


A: Bringing people together was not an easy task and an attempt had been made in the past. The present situation created a good platform for such initiative to be revived.


Q: Government was changing the way in which blue badges were issued and this could potentially mean that there would be more blue badge holders. Would there be sufficient blue badge parking on site when passengers numbers increase?


A: Clearly signed blue  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.


Master Plan Public Consultation Programme and Communication Plan


The airport would provide an opportunity for the local community to meet with representatives from the airport to discuss the draft master Plan and to provide a platform to voice their opinions on the proposals.


Following drop in sessions were arranged:


  Friday 5 October – Shawford Parish Hall, 17:00 – 21:00

  Monday 8 October – Holiday Inn Eastleigh, 17:00 – 21:00

  Tuesday 16 October – Bitterne Park School, 17:00 – 21:00

  Saturday 20 October – Southampton Airport, 09:00 – 13:00


Everyone was also invited to share their comments on the Master plan by filling a feedback form on the website


The consultation was to start on the 19 September and finish on the 30 October 2018.


Once the consultation period was over, the final version of the Master Plan could be issued , followed by the planning application for the runway extension.


Date and time of next meeting

The next meeting would take place on Friday 12 October 2018 at 2pm in the Spitfire Meeting Room at Southampton Airport.


The next meeting would take place on Friday 12 October 2018 at 2pm in the Spitfire Meeting Room at Southampton Airport.