Airport Consultative Committee Meeting Notes March 2012
announced that many senior personnel changes have taken place. Rob
the previous General Manager has been seconded to a MAG confidential
expected to last several years. His replacement is Paul Knight who is
known to the Consultative group as he was the Operations Director.
development manager has been relocated to Manchester although his
includes the route development for Bournemouth. All staff from senior
have multi-tasking roles and the scheme is working well.
Manager explained that many regional airports are struggling in tough
times. An expectation exists that Durham Tees and Newquay will not
longer. The widening of the Air Passenger Duty announced in the recent
is bad news. Serious lobbying continues to have this tax reduced or
only by airport companies, but by Chambers of Commerce as well. The UK
only group of countries that has such a tax. If a passenger has a
between two UK airports then the tax is paid in both directions as the
departure determines the tax impact.
off charge will continue for another one year when it will be reviewed
This topic was raised at the latest ACRA meeting so I asked if
charges and levies introduced at other regional airports could be
will allow a comparison to be made with Bournemouth. My request was
the information should be available within two weeks.
routes this year has increased and the forecast is that air traffic
increase by 5% compared with 2011.
the commercial area accessed from Chapel Gate is subject to a public
that goes live from 2 April 2012 for 12 weeks.
processing site in Chapel Lane has applied to handle food waste and it
opposed by the airport. Safety grounds are quoted as food waste will
large flocks of birds. This subject gave rise to a number of comments
of the airport and the commercial area that the present eco composting
operation creates a significant smell problem. The wind direction
the problem at times. One of the airport managers has direct contact
Environment Agency on this subject and complainants are asked to
comments through him. The Agency can do nothing unless it receives
giving dates, times and other relevant data. Everyone affected agreed
One of the
Broadstone people continued the theme of night flying noise mainly from
flights. The challenges were phrased differently this time, but he was
as at previous meetings. He used turn distances and altitudes from the
to support his case and it was shown he had his facts wrong. One of the
aircraft used on these operations is scheduled to be replaced in the
foreseeable future. Its successor will be quieter.
which the airport has no control is police helicopter activity. The
surveillance craft is based at Winfrith and most of its work is in the
Bournemouth and Poole conurbation. This craft will be based permanently
Bournemouth soon so some disturbance will become standard. The move is
cutting measure as half of flying time now is getting from Winfrith to
scene of action.
Committee Meeting Notes April 2011
airport has a new management
team with the last member due to start work soon.
airports in the MAG group are
now independent business units. Previously Bournemouth was one of three
airports clustered into a sub group where some management and
was handled at another airport. Everything is now controlled on site.
new team is working on flight
development to include long haul regulars, more European destinations
and UK business
flights (morning out, evening home) using 20 seat aircraft for centres
Manchester, Leeds and Scotland.
new road layout on the B3073 was
considered. Travelling from Parley Cross the lane markings are not as
the airport. The inside lane should be to turn left into the airport,
middle lane for through traffic with the outer lane for right turns
Court Road. These markings were not implemented by Dorset Highways.
representative compiled valuable statistics over a long period. These
to modify flight paths in order to reduce any disturbance to residents
flying patterns continue to be dominated by one person, a woman living
lodged 125 complaints
in the final four months of 2010.
land north of the business
park is an SSSI and the airport is looking at ways of opening it to the
community for recreation.
business park is now served
by the airport bus service and a major development planning application
the airport created a
substantial recycling facility by agreement with DCC only for the
subsequently to announce that they did not want it (along with the
plants they were originally intending to get us tax payers to fund).
council should be made to compensate for its incompetence.
new passenger drop off charge
of £2.50 had been announced the day before the meeting, replacing the
10 minute free stay period. The charge starts on 17 April 2011. Partly
it is to
raise funds for on-going development rather than to boost profits and
for environmental and safety reasons. When the cost of flying and the
or business expenses are considered the airport believes that this new
charge will pale into insignificance.
offs in the access road
cause pollution with engines left idling and they block the path of
vehicles. Manoeuvres by drivers to leave without going through the car
caused a number of incidents. Large signs will be erected on Parley
tell drivers of the charge, which will be levied for entry into the
where a new road layout will make it impossible to park, reverse or
Everyone will have to go through the car park and pay the £2.50 fee.
suspect we may see drop-offs
occurring on the B3073.
a presentation given at
our public meeting of 24th February a
representative of the airport gave details of the current situation and
outlined plans for the future.
The redevelopment plan
remains on schedule despite the very difficult financial operating
environment. The airport and associated business plant now account for
an estimated 3,500 direct and contingent local jobs that contribute
£300 million to the local economy.
airlines are moving the
centre of their operations away from airports like Bournemouth to take
advantage of the weaker competition to be found in Europe. The airport
would like to counter this by expanding its business flights to the
major UK business centres and in particular Manchester. It is not
considering any increase in the level of night-time flights.
is distorting the economics of long haul travel. To fly from the UK to
Sydney, Australia costs around £750 of which £400 is aviation tax. It
is far cheaper to fly from the UK to a European hub, thereby paying tax
on a small fare, and then to fly from the hub (Amsterdam say) to
Australia and avoid a large slice of tax. The airport management are
thus actively looking for a link to such a European hub.
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