It is Gatwick Airport’s responsibility, together with the Government, airlines and Air Traffic Control to do everything we can to reduce noise levels and to mitigate noise impacts.

Aircraft today are much quieter than they used to be, and will be replaced by even quieter aircraft in the future.

Notwithstanding this, our second runway development could see the number of planes landing or taking off at Gatwick double by 2050, compared to the present level. So with more planes flying, it is as important as ever that we keep working to get the noise levels down.

How will the runway options affect ground noise?

Option 1 gives slightly greater ground noise effects to the north of the airport, in places such as Charlwood, Povey Cross and Horley, than Option 2 and Option 3.

This is due to the concentration in Option 1 of activities, including aircraft taxiing, in the existing northern apron areas and because the second runway would be closer to these areas.

By contrast, Options 2 and 3 would lead to greater ground noise effects to the south of the airport due to the closer proximity of the runway and the noise that would arise from operations taking place in the new midfield terminal area. 

How will the runway options affect air noise?

New flight paths to and from the new runway, and alterations to the existing flight paths to the
existing runway, could mean that some people could be newly exposed to air noise from arriving or departing aircraft.

However, even with a with a new Southern runway, flight paths would continue to avoid overflying the most densely populated towns and settlements closest to the airport including Crawley, Horley, East Grinstead and Horsham.

Noise monitoring and fines

Gatwick has a network of noise monitors around the airport to monitor the noise of departing planes at specific locations. Planes that break the noise limits are fined £500 by Gatwick Airport Ltd for the first 3dB over the limit and £1,000 above that.

We don’t keep any of the money we raise from the fines. Instead we use it to support local community projects through the Gatwick Airport Community Trust.

Following extensive consultation with the local community, we have also recently extended our current noise insulation scheme. Our bigger and more generous scheme will now benefit a further 985 homes in our community, allowing them to apply for up to £3,000 towards double glazing for their windows and doors as well as loft insulation.We have written to those who are eligible with more details of the scheme and how to apply.