Southampton Airport submits important planning application

Nov 27, 2019

This is a very important week for Southampton Airport, seeing the submission of a planning application to enable the extension of our runway and bring much greater air connectivity for our region


Extending the runway by 164 metres within our existing boundaries will allow us to increase passenger numbers from two to three million per year in the first phase of our growth, 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. Additionally, the 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.

Vitally, a longer runway will enable the airport to increase its GVA 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.

We are also committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, for emissions within the airport’s control, investing in innovation and the latest technology to enable us 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.

As an important stakeholder we would greatly appreciate your support, which you can demonstrate by clicking on the link below – just type ‘airport’ into the search box and you will see application F/19/86707: