Poll says airport expansion unwanted

ImageSouthampton Airport has announced a 5.5% increase in passenger numbers, and new European routes. Meanwhile a Green Party poll in Portswood shows a majority do not want more aircraft in and out of Southampton. And on April 20, Green MEP Caroline Lucas met  locals in Midanbury to consult over continuing expansion.

Over 146,400 passengers travelled through the airport during March, and three new routes have been announced as the summer season gets underway: to Nice, Frankfurt and Verona. Flybe will serve routes to France and Germany, while Inghams will be flying weekly to Verona in Italy from May 14. Travellers can now fly from Southampton to 47 destinations around the UK, Europe and Channel Islands.

Mike Rutter, Chief Commercial Officer at Flybe, said: “As Europe’s largest regional airline committed to boosting local economies, Flybe is delighted to see continued growth in regional air travel as travellers avoid the lengthy journey times into London airports, opting for more convenient, local departure points. Flybe has significantly increased its presence at Southampton over the past year, introducing exciting new domestic and European routes, so it’s great to see passenger numbers increasing as the public take advantage of the wealth of travel options available."

Caroline Lucas MEP
Dr Caroline Lucas MEP
Dr Lucas comments on her website: “Aviation is the fastest-growing source of the greenhouse gas emissions that are fuelling climate change, and we must cut them quickly if we are to prevent its worst impacts. Doing so will require international action — and this could better be achieved by calling time on plans to expand airports and runways around the country and exercising real global leadership on the issue, not tweaking charges to passengers.” 

See also:

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