The Airport's revised masterplan, published in November 2006, predicts passenger numbers will grow from 1.84 million in 2005 to 3.05 million by 2015, and to 6 million by 2030.
If you're worried about expansion for any reason, we've put together a list of things you can do now.
Most importantly, it's still important to make a noise about expansion, says the Airport Pressure Group.
To complain about
- Early or late night flights
- Noisy aircraft
- Deviation from flight paths
- Departures and arrivals using the southern approach only, rather than taking off one way and landing the other
Call the Airport's Community Comment Line: 023 8062 7070
with full details.[Updated Aug 2016]
You may well encounter an ansaphone. Leave your name, address, phone no, date and a brief description of the complaint.
The Airport should be closed from 11pm to 6am Mon - Sat, and from 7.30am on Sundays (There are a few exceptions to this that may include medical emergency flights or delayed flights). There is also provision for a maximum of 10 aircraft movements a calendar month during night hours. Helicopter movements are banned during night hours.
The Airport monitors statistics on noise complaints; it says on its website: "Each individual complaint is recorded on a database, and presented as part of the data provided to the Southampton Airport Consultative Committee for review on a quarterly basis."
The Airport Pressure Group says it's also important to pass on your concerns to council planners.
Head of Planning Policy and Design, Eastleigh Borough Council
Rob Creighton, Southampton City Council: 023 8083 2322
See below for contact details of relevant politicians.
What else can you do?
Stay in touch with the AXE website (Against eXpansion at Eastleigh) for background information and news.
It's worth also regularly checking this site for airport expansion news. Click here to see past articles, or use the main menu, and select News > Airport Expansion. We cover what local expansion news we can, we well as linking to other coverage in the media, and sometimes to wider coverage of airport expansion issues - because it's not just happening here!
Make Eastleigh councillors more aware
Eastleigh is the planning authority for the airport, and it is likely that planning consent will be required for a second terminal or other significant change of use. It is therefore vital to make Eastleigh councillors more aware of the impact the airport, and the strength of feeling against expansion.
Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council - details here https://www.eastleigh.gov.uk/the-council/councillors-and-meetings/council-summary/the-cabinet.aspx
Click here for contact details of all Eastleigh Borough Council councillors
or ring the council on 023 8062 9977 and ask for details.
If you happen to live in Eastleigh, you may want to write to the Eastleigh Member of Parliament:
Mims Davies (Con)
Website & contact details: https://www.mimsdavies.org.uk/
Tell BAA what you think!
It's too late to 'officially' comment on their plan, but you can still tell the airport what you think about their operations. Write to:
Southampton Airport, Wide Lane, Southampton, Hampshire SO15 2NL or via
or use the Comment Line - ring 023 8062 7070.
Write to cheap flight operator FlyBe
Tell them what you think of their planes flying over your house, childen's school and our community. You might like to let them know what you think about their sponsorship of Saints too.
Chief Commercial Officer
Jack Walker House
Exeter International Airport
Tell your representatives your views
Right to the Secretary of State for Transport - details on Wikipedia as the postholder keeps changing!
Write to him/her at:
Secretary of State for Transport
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DR
Contact your MP, and your Southampton City councillors:
If you live in Bitterne Park ward your MP is John Denham. His constituency office is at:
20 - 22 Southampton Street, Southampton, SO15 2ED, or
him (include your name and address).
According to theyworkforyou.com, John Denham has "Voted moderately for laws to stop climate change. votes, speeches "
Leader of Southampton City Council, and of the Conservative Group, Cllr Alec Samuels
3 Roselands, Moorhill Road, West End, SO30 3JT
023 8046 5168
Cllr Samuels is also a Deputy on the Southampton International Airport Consultative Committee.
Cllr Royston Smith (Conservative) sits on the Southampton International Airport Consultative Committee, and is also the prospective parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen..
c/o Members Room, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LY.
023 8044 5417
You can contact the secretary of the Southampton International Airport Consultative Committee here.
Mary Finch (8049 5432) also sits on the Committee, representing Bitterne Park Residents' Association.
You can read more about the role of Airport Consultative Committees here, but the gist of it seems to be that this body is a way for neighbours to have an input; as the site says, as well as any benefits:
[Airports] are also a source of noise and other pollution and they can be deleterious in the wider environment. So for some of their neighbours, and those who serve or represent them, they can be a mixed blessing. Through consultation and dialogue comes the understanding and compromise which allows many of the problems to be solved or at least mitigated. Along with the representation of passenger interests, this is the key role of an Airport Consultative Committee.
Contact your Bitterne Park councillors, listed here.
Other useful contacts
Contact the Airport Pressure Group if you'd like to help with their work, or find out information.
9 Halstead Road, Bitterne Park
023 8049 5432
The airport pressure group acts as watchdog for those people who unfortunately have to live with the airport as a neighbour and tries to get as fair a system as possible with flight timing and use of the runway.
Mary Finch is Chair of the Pressure Group, and Airport Spokesperson and Airport Consultative Committee member for Bitterne Park Residents' Association.
Southampton Airport Consultative Committee
023 8068 8133 (c/o Eastleigh Borough Council)
Read agendas and minutes here
Make your views known in the media!
There's a list of local media organisations on the bitternepark.info website Noticeboard here.
Take a pledge to oppose airport expansion - http://www.airportpledge.org.uk/
Airportwatch - unites the national environmental organisations and the airport community groups who are opposed to the Government’s plans for airport expansion, as set out in the Aviation White Paper (published in December 2003) - http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/
Aviation Environment Federation (AEF) - a UK-based association that campaigns exclusively on the environmental impacts of aviation. http://www.aef.org.uk/
There are more links here and here.
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