Working with local communities
We have developed a strong programme of community investment, play an active role in the regional economy, and have good people and systems in place to maximise regional benefits while addressing the social and environmental issues that matter to local people.
We value good relationships with our neighbours in the local community and across the region, and we engage in many ways in to find out about what matters to people; and keep them up to date about Gatwick Airport issues; and we work with community groups and industry bodies on a range of issues of interest and concern.
Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee
One of the ways in which we are able to participate in community debate is the Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee (GATCOM), the Airport’s formal consultative body. It’s run by West Sussex County Council; with 32 committee members from groups across the region representing a wide range of interests including civil aviation, passenger service, business development, tourism and environmental issues. GATCOM meets quarterly, with appointed sub-committees to discuss specific matters in more detail. Read the latest GATCOM Annual Review.
Supporting local charities
We encourage all our staff in their charitable activities. We hold two annual fundraising days when the airport comes together to raise money for TravelCare, St Catherine's Hospice and Cancer Research UK. In addition we have a fund matching scheme in place which gives an extra financial boost to staff who are embarking upon their own charity fund raising efforts. We also encourage our staff to volunteer in the local community.
Find out more about our charitable work
Gatwick Airport Community Trust
Through our S106 Agreement with West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council we fund the Gatwick Airport Community Trust which is an independent trust supporting local charities. The Trust ensures that as the airport continues to grow, funds are ploughed back in to the local communities most affected by the airport and its operations.
Gatwick Greenspace Partnership
We work closely with Gatwick Greenspace which benefits people, wildlife and the countryside. Gatwick Greenspace is one of the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscape projects and works across 200 square kilometres of countryside between Horsham, Crawley, Horley, Reigate and Dorking. Its aim is to inform, educate and involve a diverse range of people and work with local landowners including the Forestry Commission, the Wildlife Trusts and the Woodland Trust plus local authorities to support them in managing their land more sustainably and in partnership with others.
We have supported the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership with the introduction of an Assistant People and Wildlife Officer, overseeing habitat management and coordinating volunteers who help maintain and improve the wildlife around the airport.
Gatwick is a fantastic place to work and we encourage our staff to get out into the community and inspire young people through mentoring, careers advice and talks at local schools and colleges. This year we are supporting Crawley STEMFest and are sponsoring Young Start Up Talent Awards in the Gatwick Diamond, Brighton & Hove and Kent.