Andy Sinclair, Head of Airspace Strategy and Engagement

The purpose of our blog is to update readers on airspace related activities and issues at Gatwick Airport and around the local area. Frequent visitors to these pages will be familiar with the content previously written by Charles Kirwan-Taylor regarding Route 4 and I want to extend this to also cover other matters that may be of interest.

There is a lot happening this year in terms of aviation public consultations and I thought it might be useful to draw attention to these. 

All previous blogs are at the bottom of this page with the most recent blog first. 

22 May 2017

Assessing new departures procedure

As part of our effort to improve consistency and transparency on airspace and noise related matters we have committed to increase communication of operational changes. Going forward, we will use this blog to provide more information about operational, as well as airspace changes, so that our local communities have the information needed to understand the impact of, and reasons for, any planned operational change. With that in mind, below are details around the formalisation of a tactical departures procedure.

Gatwick Airport will be assessing the procedure which, for short periods, will bias towards departing flights. This is a minor change in the pattern of daily departures traffic at Gatwick and standardises an existing way we operate during some busy periods. We intend to conduct an operational assessment of the procedure on a number of days from June 2017. We will monitor and review any impacts with the intent of adopting the procedure permanently.

You can read more detail in our briefing document here.

See below for previous blog updates.

Airspace update - 16 May 2017


Airspace update - 13 April 2017


Airspace update - 17 February 2017


Route 4 update - 23 December 2016


Route 4 update - 11 November 2016


Route 4 update - 31 October 2016


Route 4 update - 12 September 2016


Route 4 update - 4 August 2016


Route 4 update - 8 July 2016


route 4 update - 22 June 2016


Route 4 update - 13 June 2016


Route 4 update - 26 May 2016


Route 4 update - 4 May 2016


Route 4 update - 8 February 2016


Route 4 update - 31 January 2016