Southampton International Airport

Southampton International – an airport fit for the 21st century

Southampton International Airport has come a long way since launching its first flight in 1910. As the fast-track airport for central Southern England, it now partners 15 airline and tour operators and serves almost two million passengers per year – expected to rise to six million by 2030.

As part of the ambitious 25-year master plan launched in 2005, the BAA-owned operation announced plans to invest in large capital projects to accommodate the projected increase in aircraft size and passenger numbers.

These included additional aircraft parking stands and taxiways, increased passenger parking space, supplementary space for commercial enterprises and the installation of additional check-in desks and associated baggage handling systems to complement the eight already in place.

In May 2010 IPM was approached by BAA to deliver an automated airside baggage transfer solution.

Delivering cutting-edge aviation solutions

Our role in the £250,000 (€304,000) project included undertaking an options study with stakeholders that considered both a semi and a fully automated baggage transfer solution. 

Once the fully automated option was agreed we oversaw management of the project including full installation of the system and associated monitoring, evaluation and IT equipment.

In addition we delivered a level-two hold baggage screening facility. This includes a level-one X-ray image at workstations, carried out while the bag is in transit.

Managing director of Southampton International Airport, David Lees, commented: “IPM took our verbal brief to provide a transfer solution that fully meets the needs of the airport and our customers. Their technical expertise and project management ensured that we were delivered a fully working scheme on time and to budget.”

Interesting facts

  • In 2010 Southampton Airport celebrated 100 years of flight in south Hampshire.
  • The airport boasts one runway measuring 1,723 m
  • There are currently 17 check-in desks and eight self-service check-in machines
  • By 2030 the airport is expected to generate 4,009 jobs and make an economic contribution of £260 million (€315 million).