Southampton Airport is today detailing results of the public consultation on its draft Master Plan – with more than 60 per cent of respondents showing support for its vision for growth.
The six week-long consultation closed on October 30, during which a total of 396 people responded via the airport website’s dedicated information page. During this period, the page recorded 8432 page views from 7360 individuals.
Of the responses, 246 were positive with 150 negative replies received. Key themes raised by the public included increased opportunity, greater choice of routes, increased job prospects, ease of travel, environment, transport infrastructure and noise issues.
The draft Master Plan details how the airport plans to grow and continue to support the region over the next 20 years. It includes passenger forecasts and infrastructure requirements to meet the growing demand for air travel to and from the region. It also highlights the development of a runway starter extension as well as the expansion of the existing terminal building.
The airport is a key driver of the Hampshire economy and aims to support in excess of 1,500 jobs and contribute £400m to the economy per annum by 2037. Crucially, the Master Plan also details the way in which Southampton Airport plans to grow in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Commenting on the results, Neil Garwood, Managing Director of Southampton Airport, said: “There are constraints which we must, together with our local communities, overcome if we are to realise our ambition. Southampton Airport has one of the shortest runways in the UK and is unable to provide the same breadth of European air services that other regional airports can offer.
“It is truly encouraging to see so many people engage with us and back our vision for growth which will give such benefit to our regional economy.
“During the consultation we also held live chats on social media and four drop-in sessions at venues across our communities to ensure we were able to discuss the plans openly with as many people as possible.
“We have received a lot of positive comments especially supportive of increasing choice of destinations and improved global connectivity.
“We are fully committed to growing the airport responsibly and we are carefully considering all comments as we progress on to preparing the final version of the Master Plan. We will continue to broaden our engagement with key stakeholders such as parish councils as the planning stage progresses.
“We believe we can make a positive long-term contribution to our employees, investors, business partners, the communities in which we operate, and are developing our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy to ensure that is sustainable over the next 20 years and beyond.
“Growth will enable us to offer that extra choice. It is a really exciting time for Southampton Airport.”
The final version of the Master Plan is due to be published by the end of the year, with planning application due to be submitted next spring.
Find out more about our Draft Master Plan.