Southampton Airport

We provide Air Traffic Control (ATC) services at 13 UK airports. At Southampton Airport we provide tower, approach and engineering services.

Tower Services

This is an ATC service provided for the airport and surrounding airspace. The controllers will look out of the tower windows, as well as at the ATC equipment, to give aircraft clearance to taxi, take-off and land.


This is a radar-based control service located in the lower part of the tower. Incoming aircraft are managed from approximately 40 miles away from the aerodrome, generally under 10,000ft.


An engineering team, based at the airport, are responsible for maintaining air traffic control services, such as radar and the Instrument Landing System (ILS).

The Operation: 2019

The current tower was opened in 1994.

  • Flights: 36,473 (-8% on 2018)
  • Passengers: 1.8m (-11% on 2018)
  • Busiest ranking: 25th—UK’s busiest airport (flights)

Annual flight movements (historical)



7 airlines operate in and out of Southampton airport serving over 40 routes.

  • Furthest direct route travelled to: Skiathos
  • Most travelled to destination: Amsterdam
  • Airports served: 38

The Airport

The Spitfire first took off from Southampton Airport on March 4th 1936.

  • Height of tower: 15m
  • 1 Runway: 1,723m x 37m

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