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 - 16 May 2018

Following an initial meeting in March, I met again with the CAA on 20 April to understand CAA requirements and to discuss options and next steps in relation to Route 4. Following the quashing of the CAA’s April 2017 decision by consent, we are working to revert the Route 4 conventional standard instrument departures (SIDs) to their position as they were before 7 April 2017. In support of this we are in the process of completing a comprehensive safety review. We plan to submit these changes, subject to CAA approval, on 15 June to allow implementation on 13 September, following the necessary changes to air traffic control systems and aeronautical publications.

This reversion to the previously published SIDs is not likely to result in any changes to the tracks flown by air traffic as almost all aircraft fly using the RNAV-1, or satellite navigation, based SIDs which have reverted to temporary SIDs pending redesign. A redesign of the Route 4 RNAV-1 SIDs will be necessary through the development of a new Route 4 Airspace Change Proposal, which we will commence in the coming months. The airport is focused on following the correct procedure taking into account the various relevant factors to achieve an end result as soon as possible. This required rigorous legal process does however mean that a final outcome is likely to take up to two years to achieve.

Alongside our communities, Gatwick wishes the issue to be resolved as soon as possible and will work closely with all parties, including through public consultation and the necessary technical and safety planning authorities, to ensure this happens.

See below for previous blog updates.

Route 4 update - 29 March 2018


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