Andy Sinclair, Head of Airspace Strategy and Engagement

Andy SinclairThe purpose of our blog is to update 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 new and updated Flight Tracker site 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.

Gatwick noise contours reduced in 2018 and progress on our airspace change as part of the Government’s airspace modernisation programme

17 June 2019

The CAA has just published this year’s noise exposure contour analysis for Gatwick and I'm delighted to say that the airport’s noise footprint (54dBA Leq) reduced by 7% in 2018. The CAA said that this was down to a range of measures including improved operational procedures, the phasing out of the noisiest aircraft and the introduction of new, quieter aircraft.

The footprint was measured using the new nationally recognised standard measurement (54dBA Leq) and it shrank from 82.7 Km2 to 77.1 Km2 in 2018, compared to 2017. The number of people living within this noise contour also fell to 10,200 from 10,950. Cumulatively, over the last two years, 900 people have been taken out of this noise footprint as it shrank by 11% - reducing in area from 86.5km2 in 2016 to 77.1Km2 in 2018. 

As the reduced noise footprint shows, we are making good progress against our objective of reducing the impact that aircraft noise has on our local communities.  We do recognise however that more must be done and we are pleased with the work of the Noise Management Board and hope that it continues its strong influence on decision making at the airport in the future.

Read the full report Noise Exposure Contours for Gatwick Airport 2018  

Following a period of engagement on airspace modernisation with local and industry stakeholders we submitted our Future Airspace Strategy Implementation - South (FASI-S) design principles to the CAA for their consideration later this month.  I’d like to thank all the organisations that took the time to provide us with feedback, comment and insight into what is important to you; these have been hugely helpful.  We’ve analysed over 500 comments, covering a wide range of issues and opportunities, and set out the development journey we have been on with you. We will await the CAA’s assessment before communicating further on next steps. 

For access to the FASI-S Design Principles documentation we will be posting information to the CAA’s airspace change portal which is available via the link below. If you register with the site you’ll receive alerts whenever material is updated:

See below for previous blog updates.

New Noise and Track Keeping System and launch of the Airspace Office


Route 4 update - 19 February 2019


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