The Airport is on the up once again with passenger numbers rising and costs tightly controlled; this year they may break even or make a very small profit!
Passenger numbers from April to Jan 31st are up 13.2%, Actual numbers were 606,000 against a budget of 535,000 with the year out turn predicted to be 670,000 up 11.2% on last year. Load factors are really high with the additional route to Krakow being very successful. Ryanair run at 90% with 415,765 passengers and Thompson 93% with 164,000 people being carried.
Ryanair will repeat their Summer 2016 schedule offering 35 flights a week and will fly to Krakow all year round. Thompson have 15 flights outbound every week.
The airport is looking to attract additional routes but this takes time to orchestrate probably as much as 18 months.
The new school, Parkfield, opens after Easter and considerable concern was expressed in relation to the inevitable congestion around the junction to the school and airport at the start and end of day. The new proposals were discussed in relation to the road improvements that have received funding from the LEP. The B3073, the Parley corridor, is going to have work at both ends, Blackwater and Parley together with relocating the Hurn Roundabout and sorting the Chapel Gate entry exit route. 4,000 people work on the Aviation parks.
There are several public meetings arranged to show the Council’s proposals, the first being at the Littledown Centre 7/8 March.