Agenda and minutes

Airport Consultative Committee - Friday, 11 October 2019 2:00 pm

Venue: Southampton International Airport, Spitfire Meeting Room

Contact: Nikki Dunne, Case Management Officer, 02380 688298 Email: 

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Tribute to Godfrey Olson


The Chair paid tribute to the late Councillor Godfrey Olsen. A minute’s silence was held in memory of Godfrey.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 67 KB


Mr G Wilkinson, representing SPECTRUM, asked that it be noted that his apologies were missed from the previous minutes.


RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2019, subject to the above amendment, be confirmed and signed as a correct record.


Airport Managing Director's Report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Including the Monitoring of the Flying Controls Agreement. (To follow)


Neil Garwood, Managing Director, presented his report which covered the period of July to September 2019.


Passenger Numbers and Aircraft Movements


Passenger numbers had seen a slight decrease in the last Quarter. The main reasons for this are that KLM and Aer Lingus had ceased operations from Southampton. Flybe have also reduced some services and are making changes to their route network. Due to the recent collapse of Thomas Cook, airlines were thinking more carefully about which airports to fly from. This had an effect on passenger numbers and flights. Regional airports had also shown a slight softening of performance in terms of air traffic. Southampton Airport was working hard to refill the traffic that has been lost in recent months.


Community and Charity


NG highlighted the recent events which had taken place around the Airport. They had proudly supported the Pride Celebrations and Eastleigh’s Film Festival.


There had also been a number of fundraising events that had taken place in order to raise money for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Charity. The Runway Run was a hugely popular, raising over £30,000 and involved a record breaking 1,000 runners.


Management and Staff


The latest Breeze Awards were documented within the report. This shared the success stories of the staff and recognised their helpfulness. The Chair  believed this was great to see and felt it was important to continue to share.




There were no reported occurrences of vortex damage between July and September 2019.


Airspace Change


The Government had plans to modernise the airspace. This was something of which Southampton Airport were in support.






Carbon Neutrality and Sustainable Growth


Southampton Airport had a target of Carbon Neutrality by 2030. Eastleigh Borough Council had recently declared a climate change emergency. Therefore the Council will work closely with the Airport and other local businesses to find a solution to mitigate the impact on the environment.


There were four levels of certification to become Carbon Neutral. Southampton Airport is currently at Level Two, which meant that a year-on-year reduction in carbon had been demonstrated. The aim is to be at Level Three by 2025 and Carbon Neutral by 2030.


The commitments to sustainable growth have been outlined. Some of which are listed below:


  Grow infrastructure to support electric vehicles in line with demand.

  Review landing charges.

  Public transport season ticket loans for staff.

  Undertake a study on generating renewable energy.


The Chair had requested this item be on the Agenda at future meetings to ensure the Committee were kept informed.




Surface Access


Steve Thurston, Head of Planning and Development at Southampton Airport presented his report.


A transport assessment for the runway planning application had been carried out. Its findings were that the local road infrastructure would only be able to support up to 2.45 million Airport-related vehicle journeys. This meant that if planning were to go forward, there would need to be restrictions on traffic movements. Traffic movements were currently being reviewed with a view to measuring vehicles coming to and from the Airport. The outcome of this will be reported via the Committee. Traffic congestion has been recognised and it is understood that the restriction will need to form part of the planning.


ST explained that in order for the Airport to grow beyond three million passengers, it will need to make improvements on its Surface Access Strategy. Improvements that had been suggested were:


  The use of a Park and Ride service.

  Staff Travel Scheme.

  Increase in the frequency of transfer passengers, which were currently low.

  Encourage use of public transport.


ST acknowledged that they were aware passengers travel based on ease, however, there had been an increase of the use of railway services in recent years.


Accessibility Forum pdf icon PDF 47 KB


Geoff Wilkinson presented the Southampton Airport Accessibility Forum report.


The Accessibility Forum were making good progress and were working on a number of improvements in helping to enhance the services that are provided to passengers.


The next meeting was being held at Christmas and would cover a wide range of impairments. Geoff would be able to provide further feedback at the next meeting.


Noise Action Plan report


Nichola Shaw, representing Southampton Airport, presented the Noise Action Plan Report.


NS explained that there had been an increase in the total number of noise complaints from June to September. The complaints have correlated with periods of nice weather and Bank Holidays. There has also been an increase in households submitting multiple complaints. In July 2019, 19 complaints were received from one household.


Between May and August, there had been 38 noise complaints regarding operations to the north and 19 regarding operations to the south. Due to the increase in noise complaints, NS has carried out analysis work. Movement numbers were considered, but it was found that there were fewer movements this year. The airspace also remained the same and the types of aircrafts have not changed. NS has provided detailed responses to any complaints that have been received.


The figures have remained around the same for the noise preferred route deviations. However, there was a small spike in August. NS has carried out some work with the operators to see if it was one particular crew, however, there was no pattern. There has been an increase in terms of private aviation. NS is aware that awareness of noise preferred routes needs to be raised.


The Noise Insulation Policy is to be published in February 2020. Work is currently ongoing, but will meet the February deadline. This will be distributed at the next Working Group.


DA commended NS on the amount of work that she does.



Airspace Change Proposal


Dan Townsend, of Southampton Airport, presented the Airspace Change Proposal.


DT explained that there were seven stages of airspace. Stage one involved defining a need for airspace change and submitting the need to the Civil Aviation Authority. This had now been signed off.


Design principles were explained. Following numerous workshops with interest groups, Parish Councils etc, the top priority identified was safety and the second was an agreement with the Government’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy.


Stage two of the process involved developing and assessing the proposal. Time will be spent ensuring that the requirements are met before going back to the community for a further opinion. This was to be carried out by mid-2020.


It was asked if there was an easy way to show what was going on and the best way to manage expectations with members of the public. DT confirmed that he would be happy to attend Parish meetings to provide explanations.




Update on Masterplan

Including planning applications and consultations.


Steve Thurston confirmed that the plans were to extend the runway by 164 metres to the north and that the process with the planning applications have started. They were looking to make the application public by the end of the week commencing 14 October 2019.


There would be a number of public consultations being held, starting on 21 October 2019 at Holiday Inn in Eastleigh. These meetings are being held in the evenings and will involve technical experts who have worked alongside the planning applications.


Councillors asked if the issue of mitigation to residents in the local areas with lights, lorries, etc. have been addressed. They highlighted that it is important to release information to residents so that they know what is going on.


ST confirmed that they would set stringent targets. They aim to cut out deliveries as much as possible and carry out work at night.


ST explained that contractors are providing best practice and this will be brought along to the next meetings and will provide updates when they have them.


The Chair suggested using social media to let people know what is going on. NG agreed that it is key to work with residents and that is also key for growth. NG acknowledged that they are aiming for growth on a sustainable basis and not growth at any cost. Therefore, they will listen to all range of opinion.


Mr Wilkinson asked if there were any plans to cover the road network. ST explained that Hampshire Highways are responsible and they are currently in talks and are engaged with making improvements.


Technical Working Group feedback


The Technical Working Group previously discussed Airspace and the Noise Action Plan. The minutes from the working group would be circulated following the meeting. 


The Chair announced that it was Diane Sebon’s last meeting. Diane was thanked for her past service and wished the best for the future.


The Chair wished Amy Le Vieux best wishes as she was going on maternity leave and also Nichola Shaw who is leaving Southampton Airport. NG also thanked them for their help and support over the years.


Date and time of next meeting

The next meeting will take place on the Friday 7February 2020 at 2pm in the Spitfire Meeting Room at Southampton Airport.


The next meeting will take place on 7 February 2020 at 2pm in the Spitfire Meeting Room at Southampton Airport.