Engagement and governance
Gatwick Airport's key role in the economic, social and environmental development of the region means that many local groups and committees are involved in discussions on the airport's operation.
We regularly meet representatives from local communities, councils, residents and interest groups to discuss airport issues.
Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee (GATCOM)
GATCOM is a statutory advisory body made up of local councils, environmental groups, the aviation industry, business community and passenger representatives. It seeks to reach a common understanding about the nature and operation of the airport.
The committee meets four times a year to discuss airport policy and operations, with sub-committees discussing various specific topics.
Passenger Advisory Group (PAG)
The Passenger Advisory Group (PAG) is a sub-group of GATCOM made up of 16 volunteer passenger representatives as well as members of GATCOM. PAG acts as a critical 'friend' of the airport, monitoring all aspects of the passenger experience and providing feedback and recommendations. Unpaid volunteer members, who are appointed by Gatwick following an open recruitment process, are expected to devote at least 12 days a year. More details about the role of the Passenger Advisory Group are on the GATCOM website.
Noise and track monitoring advisory group (NATMAG)
NATMAG brings together representatives from the DfT, NATS, British Airways, Gatwick Airport and local authorities. The group discusses a wide range of noise and track-keeping issues and monitors track-keeping performance, night engine testing and ground noise complaints.
Gatwick Noise Monitoring Group (GNMG)
The GNMG consists of Environmental Health Officers and associated noise professionals from the Local Authorities surrounding Gatwick Airport, the Technical Advisor from the Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee (GATCOM), the Gatwick Airport Flight Team Performance Manager and Gatwick Airport Ltd’s independent acoustic consultants.
Other consultative activities
We have an ongoing programme of briefings for locally elected politicians, councillors and MPs and business organisations. We also work across the region's business communities and with government agencies.
We have a comprehensive S106 Agreement with West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council which has been in place since 2000 and was renewed in 2008.
The agreement explains how we approach community and economy issues and focuses on how the airport can make a positive contribution to the economy and quality of life in and around the Gatwick area.