As long as people fly, there’ll be aircraft noise. Although we can’t cut it out completely, we do work to minimise it.

Of course, many people get accustomed to aircraft noise, just as people living near busy roads often get used to the sound of traffic. It is Gatwick Airport's responsibility, together with the Government, airlines and Air Traffic Control (ATC), to manage noise. We’re also committed to explaining what you’re hearing and why. 

Meeting our local communities

Senior managers from Gatwick, with subject experts, meet with residents associations and parish councils to hear directly from community representatives on subjects important to them. Noise comes up regularly, alongside a wide-ranging list of issues such as our approach to biodiversity, our expansion plans and traffic schemes. We have also been hosting councillors from across the region on behind the scenes tours of the airport.

In this section you can find out about how we're working to reduce noise and environmental impacts and ensure we not only remain compliant, but drive positive improvements.  

London Airspace Management Programme (LAMP)

The airspace around Gatwick is the busiest airspace in the world due to the UK’s geographical position in Europe and the proximity of several other major airports. As a result of this Nation Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are working together on a project called LAMP. This programme is re-designing the airspace around London in order to simplify its control and operation, to create capacity and to reduce environmental impact. We are working with NATS to ensure the airspace around Gatwick is designed to take maximum opportunities to reduce noise and emissions. The LAMP programme is scheduled to begin rollout in 2018 and all of Gatwick's existing departure and arrival routes be will reviewed as part of the project.

Consultation and trials

Working in partnership with NATS, we have already been involved in a number of consultations and route trials with the aim of delivering significant local environmental benefits.
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PR Nav

Noise preferential routes (NPRs) are set by the Department for Transport for all UK airports, including Gatwick. This means that all aircraft leaving Gatwick follow NPRs up to a height of 3,000 to 4,000 ft as they leave the airport. We are currently working with NATs to refine NPRs.
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Arrivals review

Led by independent expert Bo Redeborn, the review will consider whether everything that can reasonably be done to alleviate the problems raised by our local communities is in fact being done. 
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Route 4 flight path

Gatwick has nine noise preferential routes (NPRs) or corridors that departing aircraft fly within. In a recent CAA review, just one of the routes - Route 4 (also known as 26LAM), a flight path close to Redhill and Reigate - was shown to need modification to ensure that it is compliant within regulations. 
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easyJet aircraft modifications

Following discussions with easyJet and people in our local community, easyJet has announced a series of measures designed to reduce the noise of their aircraft. 
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