Crane and drone information

Cranes and other construction equipment

Due to the potential physical and technical effects that tall construction equipment may have on airport operations, Southampton Airport should be consulted on any temporary obstacles of significance, such as cranes or other tall construction equipment in the area.

Southampton Airport refers developers to the British Standard Institute Code of Practice for the safe use of Cranes, BS 7121 Part 1. Paragraph 12.3.3 reads “The appointed person should consult the aerodrome/airfield manager for permission to work if a crane is to be used within 6km of the aerodrome/airfield and its height exceeds 10 m or that of the surrounding structures or trees”.

Article 73 of the Air Navigation Order also states “A person shall not recklessly or negligently act in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft, or any person therein.”

Southampton Airport Assessment Process

The application procedure for a crane permit from the 1st May 2017 will be as follows:

  1. Cranes within 6km of Southampton Airport and above 10m AGL will complete the Crane Authorisation Form found via the download link at the bottom of the page.
  2. Using the information you have provided in the form, Southampton Airport will carry out a technical assessment of the crane.
  3. Southampton Airport will provide a signed permit should the crane pass our technical assessment, or alternatively a justification will be provided if the crane fails to meet our safety criteria.
  4. Additionally an invoice will be attached to our response detailing the charge as ticked by the crane operator in Section 13 of the Crane Authorisation Form.
  5. Payment can be made via a BACS transfer to Southampton International Airport Ltd using the details on the invoice or call 02380627187 to make payment via Credit Card.
  6. Should an extension be required, the crane operator should email or call 02380627383 if urgent. An extension charge of £50 will be invoiced for the issue of an extended permit.

Crane application charges

The charges are as detailed below.

  • Crane Permit £150
  • Applications with less than 48hrs notice £250
  • Applications with less than 24hrs notice £350
  • Crane Extensions £50


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Drone information

A drone (also known as an unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV) is any aircraft that can fly without a human on board.  Interest in drone flying has grown considerably in recent years as technology has developed and drones have become increasingly available for civilian use.  

The drone market is now widespread and growing rapidly, with new uses emerging all the time.  Drone flying as a hobby is an increasingly popular pastime.

However, drones can also present a significant risk if not flown responsibly.  This is particularly true in the areas around airports.  

Southampton Airport supports the safe and responsible use of drones and encourages all users to visit the joint NATS/Civil Aviation Authority website for information about safe flying.  The Drone Code, which can be found on the website, provides six simple steps that users can follow to ensure they fly safely at all times.

Anyone with a requirement to operate a drone near Southampton Airport should contact or call 02380 627383.