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Southampton Airport expansion plan gets public backing

A plan to expand Southampton Airport has been backed by the public.

Bosses want to extend the runway and increase the number of flights, allowing it to more than double passenger numbers by 2037.

Hundreds of people took part in a consultation with over 60% backing the proposals.

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.”

Staff at Southampton Airport have released some infographics, detailing responses from the survey.

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