Community pledges | Gatwick Airport

Guarantees & community pledges

Gatwick has created a series of pledges to ensure our local communities directly benefit from the huge economic boosts a second runway would deliver to the UK.

Community pledgesWe recognise that building a new runway that the UK needs, will impact our local communities, as well as delivering around £90 billion of economic benefits for the UK, We have therefore created a series of guarantees and local community pledges worth over £250 million to help minimise the impacts and maximise the benefits for the local community. We have also produced a series of brochures outlining how we can work together with our key county councils and boroughs.

Our community pledges include:

  • £46.5m to help local authorities deliver essential community infrastructure.
  • A £3.75m fund to help create 2,500 new apprenticeships for local people.
  • A series of noise initiatives including £45m for Gatwick’s unique council tax initiative and £5m for noise insulation measures.
  • Improvements to local transport links and a commitment to ensure local roads are no busier than they are today, with a £10m local highway development fund in place to meet any additional works.
  • For the small number of homes that would need to be compulsorily purchased, a £131m Property Market Support Bond* will offer homeowners 25% above the market value, significantly above the statutory requirements. In addition, a £14m Home Owners Support Scheme* to buy any homes that would be subject to high levels of aircraft noise – above a set noise level – under the new plans.
  • A new Business Engagement Charter to help local landowners and businesses affected by Gatwick expansion.
  • At Gatwick we never take our neighbours and the local community for granted. We work hard to build relations, support our local neighbours and live side by side with them successfully.

Read or download all our community pledges

*Please note that these are large files and we recommend downloading from a laptop or desktop, rather than a mobile device. 


Expansion must be fair to everyone and we have set out five guarantees which would mean Gatwick takes on the main risks of building the new runway:

1. Fair to taxpayers - a privately funded runway ready for take-off in 2025 

Gatwick guarantees that its second runway will be open in 2025, privately funded with no need for billions of pounds of public subsidy. Subject to normal timescales for decision-making this means the second runway would be operational by 2025 giving London a competitive airports system fit for a global city.

2. Fair to passengers and airlines - airport charges capped to keep fares low for everyone 

Gatwick guarantees that, in return for Government agreeing a 30 year contract, passenger charges will be subject to an inflation-linked £15 limit. This means fares would be kept low for all passengers - from cost-conscious business travellers to hard-pressed families.

3. Fair to government - no public sector risk for government to carry 

Gatwick guarantees that it will bear all the main risks of the expansion programme. This means that Gatwick would bear long-term risks related to traffic levels, market pricing, construction and operating costs, rather than expecting either passengers, airlines or Government to take these risks.

4. Fair to local people - cash compensation for those most affected by noise 

Gatwick guarantees that it will pay £1,000 (linked to inflation) annually towards the Council Tax of those people currently affected by significant levels of aircraft noise, or who may become affected as soon as a second runway is operational. This means extending compensation to all people who live within the affected area (57dB(A) Leq noise contour) at 1 January 2015 for as long as they remain resident there.

5. Fair to the environment - air quality targets always met 

Gatwick guarantees that air quality levels will remain within current legal limits in the area close to the airport and that this can be achieved without introducing a congestion charge. Gatwick's location means that expansion is uniquely able to balance the economic growth we need with an environmental cost we can afford. 
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Working with local councils

We've produced a series of brochures focusing on our key local counties and boroughs and how we can both work and thrive together. Find out more and download our brochures:



Crawley is a thriving new town between London and the South Coast, home to over 100,000 residents and more than 3,700 vibrant businesses. The Borough is also home to Gatwick, the UK’s second largest airport. We are proud to be at the heart of Crawley’s economy as one of the town’s largest employers and supporting 44 local businesses through our supply chain.
Read Crawley brochure




Kent is located due east of Gatwick, Residents enjoy the convenience of having an international gateway for business and leisure travel within travelling distance. Businesses right across Kent benefit directly and indirectly from the many opportunities the airport provides.
Read Kent brochure





Surrey is a county of contrasts, home to over 1,132,500 residents and more than 63,175 vibrant businesses, combining market towns and employment hubs within commuting distance of London in the north of the county with the varied landscape of the Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty in the south.
Read Surrey brochure



East Sussex

East Sussex is home to over 500,000 residents and more than 20,000 vibrant businesses, combining coastal resorts and market towns with nationally treasured rural landscapes and a rich heritage. The county is close to Gatwick. Residents enjoy the convenience of having an international gateway on their doorstep for business and leisure travel, while businesses right across East Sussex benefit directly and indirectly from the many opportunities the airport provides.
Read East Sussex brochure


WestSussex_brochureWest Sussex

West Sussex is home to over 800,000 residents and more than 31,000 vibrant businesses, combining inland and coastal towns with nationally treasured rural landscapes and a rich heritage. West Sussex is also home to Gatwick, the UK’s second largest airport. We are proud to be at the heart of the West Sussex economy, as the county’s largest employer, contributing £2bn annually to the UK economy.
Read West Sussex Brochure

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