Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive.  Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site.  Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual.   

How does Farnborough Airport use cookies?
In a similar way to many other websites, Farnborough Airport use Google’s analytics tools to see how users interact with our website and to improve it accordingly.

Strictly Necessary Cookies
OptanonAlertBoxClosedThis cookie is set by websites using certain versions of the cookie law compliance solution from OneTrust.  It is set after visitors have seen a cookie information notice and in some cases only when they actively close the notice down.  It enables the website not to show the message more than once to a user.  The cookie has a one year lifespan and contains no personal information.
OptanonConsentThis cookie is set by the cookie compliance solution from OneTrust. It stores information about the categories of cookies the site uses and whether visitors have given or withdrawn consent for the use of each category. This enables site owners to prevent cookies in each category from being set in the users browser, when consent is not given. The cookie has a normal lifespan of one year, so that returning visitors to the site will have their preferences remembered. It contains no information that can identify the site visitor.
Performance Cookies
_gidThis cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google.  It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
_gaThis cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.  By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
_gatThis cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.
Targeting Cookies
frContains browser and user unique ID combination, used for targeted advertising.
 This domain is owned by Facebook, which is the world’s largest social networking service.  As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the ‘Like’ button found on many websites.  This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services.  In 2014 it also started serving up behaviourally targeted advertising on other websites, similar to most dedicated online marketing companies.
_fbpUsed by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers
Functional Cookies
suppress_popupTo suppress the Covid-19 notification panel for repeat visitors

How can I manage my cookies?
Necessary cookies cannot be switched off, however, in Manage Preferences, you can withdraw consent for statistics. You can also manage your cookie preferences by changing your browser settings so that cookies are not accepted. If you choose to switch off all non-necessary cookies, please be aware that Farnborough Airport’s website may no longer function as intended.

For more information, please refer to Privacy Notice – Farnborough Airport