MORE support has been given to plans to extend the runway at Southampton Airport.

On Thursday, Eastleigh Local Area Committee will meet to decide whether to approve or reject the application of planning permission for the extension.

Public opinion has been split by the application, with some claiming the extension would have an impact on noise and pollution, whilst others claim the plans are crucial to the survival of the airport and will be beneficial to the areas economy.

Now though, the authority for Alderney, The States of Alderney, has added its voice to the range of opinions for and against.

In a letter to all eight councillors who will consider the application, Annie Burgess, Chair of the Island's Economic Development Committee, has raised how important the "lifeline route" is to Alderney, and to the Bailiwick as a whole.

If planning approval is not granted, the Airport believes its long-term trading position would be in jeopardy, potentially leading to closure.

Annie Burgess said in the letter: "I do hope that you will give due weight and consideration to our community and its positive economic impacts in Eastleigh and surrounding areas when considering the application."

Southampton airport is said to be a "significant economic enabler" for the island and prior to the pandemic, almost 50 percent of Alderney passenger movements were to and from the airport.

This comes after the States also made representations to the council last year in support of the 164m extension to the runway, that will allow the airport to accommodate larger planes.

The plans will be decided on a Microsoft Teams live event at 10am on Thursday.

Planning bosses have recommended that the plans are approved.