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 - 19 February 2019

Earlier this year we held a public briefing session for interested parties to learn more about the Route 4 airspace change process which will start soon. The briefing provided a history and context for the development of the Route 4 airspace change, including progress since the Judicial Review, an overview of the airspace change process, a brief summary of the Route 4 airspace change objectives, opportunities and issues and details of how to stay in touch with progress. 
Download or view the Route 4 update briefing

You can read an explanation about the historical changes to Route 4 over the years and see an animation which illustrates the changes to the departure track density from 1996 to 2017. 

As mentioned in my previous blog, we will be posting information to the CAA’s airspace change portal. If you register with the site you will receive alerts when material is updated:

See below for previous blog updates.

Airspace update - 24 January 2019


Annual Airspace & NMB Public Meeting and Route 4 update - 14 January 2019


Reduced night noise trial update - 25 September 2018


Route 4 update - 16 May 2018


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