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Airports face a number of challenges regarding internal and external airport security and therefore security fencing. 


Airport Breaches 


Between 2004 and 2016, 345 known perimeter security breaches occurred in the US at 31 separate airports. Whilst none of these incidents were terror-related, the general view is that active detection and surveillance are ideal. This provides response time to capture the intruder before they can inflict levels of damage to themselves, the estate, or any assets.

However, this isn’t the case in many highly covered situations. In March 2016, Louis Pedro Verdasca dos Santos Costa, a 38-year-old Portuguese national broke through an airport security fence at Heathrow. He locked himself inside an empty British Airways 747 passenger jet’s cockpit. In September of the same year, 9 protestors gained access to London City Airport at 5:40 am BST. They proceeded to ‘lock themselves together’ on the main runway.

In both cases, and many others, the security surveillance, and detection procedures and systems eventually located the breach. However, the systems were too late to prevent intruders from gaining access. This resulted in delays, and costs for the airport.


Security Fencing as the first line of defence


The first line of defence is key to the prevention of individuals and groups accessing areas of airports where they are able to cause delays and disruption. From accessing runways to threatening staff with weapons. Current assessments place an airport perimeter breach occurring every 10 days across the US.  

It is more important than ever to ensure that your airport fencing provides the highest level of protection, security, and guaranteed delay against attack, both internally and externally.



Airport Fencing FAQs


What are the requirements for airport perimeter fencing?

UK Regulations consider a wide range of points to ensure airport security is upheld. These ensure that the safety of employees and travellers is maintained. A crucial area of consideration is the regular review of airport infrastructure security.

With airport perimeter fencing, CLD ensures that every system we design, manufacture, and supply is of the highest possible standards. Our expertise and knowledge mean we understand the risks that threaten airport security. We are the only company in the world to offer a profiled security-rated and non-security-rated rigid mesh airport fencing system.

Since the beginning, we have worked with airports across the UK. Ensuring each perimeter fencing solution we manufacture meets the necessary requirements. With heights up to 3m, our unique airport fencing has been designed to keep even the most persistent threats at bay.


What is the importance of airport perimeter fencing?

There are numerous reasons why airport fencing is important, and considered an essential part of airport security. Not least, fencing outlines boundaries. But the correct airport fencing will protect and ensure the safety of those within, and outside of the perimeter.

Secure and durable airport fencing acts as the first line of defence for an airport. This protects against security risks, and without one that meets the necessary regulations, there could be a greater volume of security breaches. Security risks threaten the safety of staff, passengers, visitors, and the general public, and can also cause delays and disruption. So, it pays to invest in the correct airport fencing that meets requirements.


Types of airport perimeter fences

At CLD, we work with our clients through every step of the journey. Whether you’re an architect, contractor or specifier, we’ll work with you to achieve your desired outcome.

We manufacture and design the ideal V mesh fencing for your specific needs, plus we can also install your fencing too. Installing fencing, whether for a big or small project can be challenging. Particularly if you’ve never installed fencing before. If you wish, our team of experts can be on hand to guide, advise and complete the installation for you. Meaning you can reap the benefits of safe and secure fencing faster, whilst knowing it was installed correctly by professionals.


How does Radio Transparent and Frangible Fencing work for Airports?

Airport fencing has a multitude of purposes. As well as keeping people out, it is also vital that it is safe to be used in a potentially dangerous environment. 

Having airport fencing that is radio transparent and frangible is essential, here’s why: 


  • Radio transparency ensures that there is no disturbance of radio signals, from landing aid devices, nor with radars, such as traffic controls. 
  • If collided with, frangible fencing breaks up into many fragments. This reduces the impact on the plane, for example, so rather than the fence twisting, it would break up into pieces.


GRP Fencing offers both radio transparency and frangible qualities. Meaning you are safe in the knowledge that the fencing is suitable for an airport environment.


Why is a perimeter fence useful at an airport?

Airport fencing systems are a crucial element of architecture for keeping both the general public and the airports themselves safe. Plus, with airport breaches on the rise, year after year, perimeter fencing offers a multitude of benefits.

A common target of criminal activity, whether harmless trespassing or more sinister terror-related crimes. Airports commonly have perimeter fencing as part of their wider set of security measures. These include CCTV, manned security, and layers of fencing to maintain order and control.

What sets perimeter fencing apart from the other security measures in an airport is that it is clearly visible. Plus, it can be identified from a great distance, and therefore acts as an effective visual deterrent. Strong, durable, and designed to resist tampering they are also purpose-built to withstand the pressures of the environment.


How tall should an airport perimeter fence be?

When it comes to perimeter fencing, for any environment, you need to be confident that the height and design of the fencing are sufficient. Plus, the fencing will pose a significant challenge to anyone aiming to breach the security of the premises.

Airport perimeter fencing is typically around 8 feet in height. With a sturdy design that doesn’t feature any notable areas in which someone is able to grip and then climb the fence.

Airport Fencing with a Difference…


CLD is the only company in the world to offer a profiled security-rated and non-security-rated rigid mesh airport fencing system. This comes in the form of our Ultimate Extra and Ultimate Extra SR1.


Available in heights up to 3m. It features a unique mesh aperture of 165 x 25mm on 6mm nominal wires with 25mm top edge projection. With the added security features of these systems in their LPS1175 SR1 format, it offers guaranteed delay against attack.


CLD offers an airport fencing system, that is the number 1 choice of many major airports across the UK.

Temporary, Permanent, and Frangible…


No matter your next airport fencing project, we have a system that will provide the very best in airport security fencing. Our permanent Ultimate Extra and Ultimate Extra SR1 solutions provide a profiled rigid mesh fencing security system. With their LPS1175 format.

However, if the airport fencing you require needs to be frangible and radio transparent, our GRP mesh and railings would be suitable. This fencing can be matched with GRP crash gates in the form of our FibreFence. A system that has been adopted by a number of airports and military airfields around the world.

For temporary airport fencing, our revolutionary FenceSafe can be matched with Ultimate Extra for a robust defence, with zero ground strike. A bespoke product that provides all of the benefits of a permanent solution, but in a temporary format.

Fencing and Gate Systems

  • Rigid Mesh Fencing Systems

  • Temporary Zero Ground Strike Rigid Mesh Fencing Systems

  • Frangible Fencing Systems

  • Radio Transparent Fencing Systems

  • Frangible Railing Systems

  • Radio Transparent Railing Systems

  • Crash Gates

  • Security Rated Sliding Gates

  • Security Rated Swing Gates

Radio Transparent and Frangible Airport Fencing


In 2017, we launched our FibreFence GRP radio transparent and frangible airport fencing. Available to clients in the UK and globally. For the first time, your fencing project can benefit from two different fencing systems that both offer radio transparency and is frangible. Plus, non-corrosive and non-conductive.

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