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.”
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.