Gatwick Airport Ltd and NATS recently consulted on significant changes to the airspace above and around Gatwick Airport as part of the London Airspace Change programme.
Airspace above the south of England is some of the busiest in the world. The consultation was the first stage in a wider programme of proposed changes to deliver the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy (FAS), which will be legally required to come into effect in 2020. Gatwick is the first major airport to consult on all levels of its airspace and all other airports will be required to follow suit.
The consultation closed on the 21 January 2014 and since this time we have been analysing all the feedback received, using it to develop revised arrival and departure routes. In line with guidance from the Civil Aviation Authority, we are required to consult again on any impacts resulting from the proposed route development that were not considered as part of the original consultation.
On the 23 May 2014 we launched a Gatwick led phase two of the consultation where we are engaging with communities affected by impacts not consulted on as part of phase one of this consultation. These impacts include: changes in noise contours; changes to or new noise preferential routes; and rotating respite options.
The consultation is now closed.
The consultation ran for 12 weeks and we gathered feedback on the following design options:
- Options for departure routes and associated Noise Preferential Routes (NPRs) for departure flight paths – this includes options for realignment and options for respite
- Night-time respite options for arrivals
- Updating existing Noise Preferential Routes and their associated swathes to take account of changes to flight path concentration as a result of the switch to Performance Based Navigation (PBN) routes implemented in November 2013
All feedback has been assessed and a full consultation feedback report has been produced by IPSOS MORI. Please follow the link below for the full report.
As a result of conversations which we recently initiated with NATS, the national air navigation services provider, the changes covered in this consultation have been deferred so as to allow for further planning and engagement with residents in the area. There will be no airspace change proposals put forward by the airport until further engagement and consideration of options has been completed.
For information on phase one of the consultation, please visit the London Airspace Consultation website.