Southampton Airport prepared for overnight snow

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Southampton Airport ‘ssnow clearing equipment ready for action!

With weather forecasts predicting snow for Eastleigh, Southampton Airport has activated its snow plan and is braced for snow overnight.

Dave Lees the Airport’s Managing Director said:

“We have invested significantly in snow clearing equipment over the last two years, including the purchase of new snowploughs and we began our planning and preparations during the summer.”

“We will be monitoring the weather closely in conjunction with the Met Office, and as we are anticipating snow overnight, when the airport is closed, and into tomorrow morning, we will have staff working through the night. We are expecting snow fall early tomorrow morning (Friday) and may see some disruption. We advise passengers to check in as normal, but to allow extra time to make their way to the airport.”

The Airport has advised that passengers traveling over the next few days can get regular updates via twitter @sou_airport and the airport’s website southamptonairport.com.

If the predicted snow lays then operations staff will have to face th eprospect of shifting up to 895 tonnes of the white stuff off the run way to keep the planes flying.

To help them the Airport has invested in five tractors of varying size two large powered snow brushes, one large Schmidt de-icing rig, one smaller de-icing rig and two pedestrian sweeper/clearers

Southampton Airport says that the paved areas on the site –  pedestrian walkways,runways, taxiways, roads and hardstanding is the equivalent of 22 Wembley Stadiums!

Check out the latest Met Office weather report for Southampton Airport here.

  6 comments for “Southampton Airport prepared for overnight snow

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    John Edwards
    January 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    It has to be said, this country is rubbish at snow preperations. Even though our local airport has said to have invested in snow clearing equipment, the report on BBC Solent ealier informed the world that the airport was closed until later. The report went on to also mention Heathrow who had a run way closed.

    Despite all of the prior warning we still cant get it right. I recall my experience at Chicago airport over Christmas. Upon landing, we saw the incredible sight of countless snow ploughs and snow blowers lined up along the perimeter fences ready to go when called upon, which was some 3/4 days later.

    Talking to one airport employee, he said, airport closure due to snow,”no way. Its bad for business”.

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    John Edwards
    January 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    It has to be said, this country is rubbish at snow preperations. Even though our local airport has said to have invested in snow clearing equipment, the report on BBC Solent ealier informed the world that the airport was closed until later. The report went on to also mention Heathrow who had a run way closed.

    Despite all of the prior warning we still cant get it right. I recall my experience at Chicago airport over Christmas. Upon landing, we saw the incredible sight of countless snow ploughs and snow blowers lined up along the perimeter fences ready to go when called upon, which was some 3/4 days later.

    Talking to one airport employee, he said, airport closure due to snow,”no way. Its bad for business”.

  3. Stuart Wiewiora
    January 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    No offence but Chicago has “proper” snow for 3 months of the year. Investment in snowplow’s is prudent. We have snow 1 day a year tops. Do the math. I’m sure the Taxpayers would be less than pleased at all the wasted money on hundreds of snow plows to clear the runway for a midweek flight to Guernsey!

  4. Stuart Wiewiora
    January 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    No offence but Chicago has “proper” snow for 3 months of the year. Investment in snowplow’s is prudent. We have snow 1 day a year tops. Do the math. I’m sure the Taxpayers would be less than pleased at all the wasted money on hundreds of snow plows to clear the runway for a midweek flight to Guernsey!

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    John Edwards
    January 20, 2013 at 10:43 am

    You miss the point. I did not say that we should buy hundreds of snow ploughs for Eastleigh airport. I was pointing out how un prepared we are as a nation to cope with snowy conditions. Lets do the math and an see how much business is lost due to the inefficiency of many local authorities around the country.

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    John Edwards
    January 20, 2013 at 10:43 am

    You miss the point. I did not say that we should buy hundreds of snow ploughs for Eastleigh airport. I was pointing out how un prepared we are as a nation to cope with snowy conditions. Lets do the math and an see how much business is lost due to the inefficiency of many local authorities around the country.

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