Key facts

The Port of Southampton is one of the country’s busiest and most successful deep-water ports, with facilities to handle virtually any type of cargo.

Case Studies

Clear Skies Ahead - NATS
A Truly Global Operation - Gist




“The operation we have at the Swanwick Centre houses en route and terminal control operation rooms for the skies above Wales and much of southern England. It is the ideal positioning for our responsibility of tower and approach airport traffic services at 15 of the UK’s major airports.”

Richard Deakin, Chief Executive Officer, NATS

Invest in Hampshire

Distribution and Logistics

A county connected by sea, rail, road and air means that distribution and logistics is a key driver in Hampshire’s economy.

Hampshire is the chosen location for:

NATS (National Air Traffic Services)

Carnival UK

Associated British Ports (ABP)

Meachers Global Logistics



The Port of Southampton is one of the country’s busiest and most successful ports and can handle virtually any type of cargo. Its naturally deep-water harbour and unique double tide allow unrestricted access for the world’s largest vessels. Also known as the as the cruise capital of Northern Europe, it is home to the UK fleets of P&O Cruises and Cunard Line; the cruise industry is worth over £350m per annum to the local economy.

The port, operated by ABP, has state of the art facilities, including four dedicated cruise terminals which can accommodate the largest cruise vessels in the world. 

Portsmouth is Britain’s best-connected ferry port, easily accessible thanks to excellent road and rail links from all over the country. The port has more routes than any other UK ferry port, a sophisticated, modern fleet and a new terminal.


Southampton Airport, operated by AGS Airports caters for some 800,000 passengers a year.  TAG Farnborough Airport is the most modern and efficient private airport of its kind in Europe.

NATS, based in south Hampshire, provides air traffic control services to aircraft flying in UK airspace and over the eastern part of the North Atlantic. Each year NATS handles some 2.2 million flights carrying around 200 million passengers.

Southampton is also home to Meachers Global Logistics, one of the UK's leading independent providers of logistics services, and Ordnance Survey, Britain’s national mapping agency and one of the world’s largest producers of maps.