Update by Charles Kirwan-Taylor, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Director

26 May 2016  

Charles Kirwan-Taylor

I am pleased to report that the final necessary verification of the amended Standard Instrument Departure (SID) route design for Route 4 together with all necessary air traffic systems upgrades have taken place in order to allow for the amendment to the SID to take effect on 26 May, as previously communicated.  

The screenshot below is from the Gatwick Airport Noise and Track Keeping System illustrating all departing traffic on Route 4 until 0800 on 26 May. The aircraft observed leaving the confines of the Noise Preferential Route have been radar vectored away from it; a long standing procedure utilised by Air Traffic Control, and unrelated to the amendment. 

Route 4 post 26 May 2016

For comparison, a map of pre-amendment Route 4 traffic from 23 May, for the same time period is below: 

Route 4 before 26 May 2016

We will continuously monitor the performance of the route and report accordingly to the Civil Aviation Authority in order for an assessment to be made as to the success of the route amendment later in the year. In the meantime, I strongly urge all interested parties to register your feedback, be it positive, negative or indifferent regarding the Route 4 amendment and how it affects you to our dedicated email address: Route4@gatwickairport.com