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Growth at Southampton Airport 'vital to businesses'

BOSSES at some of Hampshire’s top businesses have said expansion at Southampton Airport is crucial to the county’s economic future.
Southampton and Winchester councils have both objected this week to plans to extend the airport’s runway.
Eastleigh Borough Council will consider the objections of its neighbouring authorities when it decides on the application.
The votes to oppose the scheme came straight after aviation minister Paul Maynard visited the airport and backed growth there.
Businesses backing the expansion include Exxon Mobil Fawley, ABP, Carnival UK, Ordnance Survey, the Ageas Bowl, Meachers Global, DP World Southampton, Solent Stevedores, Savills and Barker-Mill Estates.
Gary Whittle, commercial director of Meachers Global Logistics, said: “As one of the UK’s leading independent providers of international freight and transport logistics services, the connectivity Southampton Airport provides is vital for us to continue to attract and service customers throughout Europe and beyond.
“The ability for us, and our customers, to fly directly from Southampton reduces the time, money and any emissions we expend travelling to and from London airports. Moreover, the additional routes that will be made possible through the expansion of the airport will play an important role in our own future growth and success, and the success of many other businesses in the Solent region.”
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