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



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“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

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Distribution & Logistics

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

Major Distribution & Logistics Companies in Hampshire

Hampshire is the chosen location for NATS (National Air Traffic Services), Carnival UK, Associated British Ports (ABP), Meachers Global Logistics and Gist,  all benefiting from the county’s excellent transport connections.
View our interactive map of the major companies in Hampshire.

Key locations

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. Its naturally deep-water harbour and unique double tide allow unrestricted access for the world’s largest vessels. ABP Southampton provides VTS and pilotage services throughout Southampton Water and much of the central and eastern Solent.

Known as the ‘Cruise Capital of Northern Europe’, the UK’s premier cruise port in Southampton is home to the UK fleets of P&O Cruises and Cunard Line and 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 three dedicated cruise terminals that enable the port to accommodate the largest cruise vessels in the world. ABP recently invested £19 million in a fourth cruise terminal on the back of a 20 year contract with Carnival allowing more cruise ship turn-arounds.

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.


In the airport and airline services sub-sector, Southampton Airport operated by AGS Airports caters for some 800,000 passengers a year and 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.

Industry support

The Transport Alliance combines both private and public sector representatives to address regional transport issues, through the creation of a lobbying group capable of influencing transport and infrastructure policy decisions.