The planning application represents the first phase of growth outlined in last year’s publication of the Airport Master Plan, now called A Vision For Sustainable Growth.
Extending the runway by 164 meters within its existing boundaries will allow the airport to increase passenger numbers from two to three million per year, significantly increase route choices for business and leisure passengers, allow aircraft to reach further than ever before and bring destinations in Scandinavia, the Eastern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe within reach.
Managing Director Neil Garwood said: “Our plans will make the airport resilient to changes in the aviation market as the longer runway permits year-round viability for an increased number of airlines.
“The longer runway will enable the airport to increase its financial contribution from £160 million to £400 million per year, create over 500 new jobs, and bring huge gains in connectivity and choice for our region.
“Our development plans have been carefully prepared by a project team including ecologists and technical experts, sensitive to the needs of the local community, including comprehensive noise and air quality management plans.
“The airport has nearly four million people in its catchment area, and we firmly believe enabling them to fly from their local airport and taking tens of thousands of needless car journeys off of our already congested roads is the most sustainable way to fly.
“In construction terms, the runway extension is relatively small, but the benefit it will make to our region’s connectivity is significant.”
Southampton Airport is also committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, for emissions within the airport’s control, investing in innovation and the latest technology to enable it to reach that ambitious target; and working with airlines and business partners to maximise the use of sustainable power sources and developments such as electric aircraft.
Anyone wishing to view the planning application and provide feedback can do so easily by visiting the below the web page, typing ‘airport’ into the search box and referencing planning application F/19/86707: