Andy Sinclair, Head of Airspace Strategy and Engagement

Andy SinclairThe purpose of our blog is to update readers on airspace related activities and issues at Gatwick Airport and around the local area that may be of interest to our local communities and stakeholders. I plan to include updates on public aviation consultations, airspace and operational changes and the work of our Noise Management Board. If you want to know more about noise from planes or the airport or find out more about flightpaths of aircraft, then please use our specially developed Noiselab where you will find a raft of data and information.

All previous blogs are at the bottom of this page with the most recent blog first.

Route 4 update - 29 March 2018

Following the judgement to quash the CAA’s Route 4 Standard Instrument Departure routes Post Implementation Review in April 2017, I met with the CAA’s Head of Airspace Regulation to get a more detailed understanding of the judgement and what the CAA is asking Gatwick to do as a result of it. 

Following that discussion, I have now written to the CAA to request a further meeting to discuss the process for the development and implementation of Route 4 RNAV SIDs. In essence, we need to simplify some of the complex technical aspects while ensuring we can manage change to deliver a timely solution in line with the intent of the Consent Order.

I also asked for details of the CAA investigation into the history of Route 4 and any supporting evidence which led the CAA to request that the Court quash its original decision. I intend to share this information with local communities and other involved stakeholders as part of the ongoing airspace change process. 

See below for previous blog updates.

Noise reduction initiatives - 16 January 2018


Improving information - 9 October 2017


Departures works and NMB - 14 September 2017


Focus on departures - 4 July 2017


Proposed airspace change for Gatwick standard arrival routes from the south and west - 5 June 2017


Assessing new departures procedure - 22 May 2017


Airspace update - 16 May 2017


Airspace update - 13 April 2017


Airspace update - 17 February 2017


Route 4 update - 23 December 2016


Route 4 update - 11 November 2016


Route 4 update - 31 October 2016


Route 4 update - 12 September 2016


Route 4 update - 4 August 2016


Route 4 update - 8 July 2016


route 4 update - 22 June 2016


Route 4 update - 13 June 2016


Route 4 update - 26 May 2016


Route 4 update - 4 May 2016


Route 4 update - 8 February 2016


Route 4 update - 31 January 2016


Noise reduction initiatives - 16 January 2018