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. We have recently extended the focus of the blog from talking only about  Route 4 to including all other aspects of airspace operations that may be of interest to our local communities and stakeholders.

There is a lot happening this year in terms of public aviation consultations as well as some operational changes and I thought it might be useful to keep you up-to-date on all such activity. I plan to post here every few weeks on the most topical issues, including as work being taken forward by our Noise Management Board.

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

Improving information available on this website - 9 October 2017

We have made a commitment to improve the information on airspace and noise issues which is published on our website. With this in mind, we have created a new page to share more of the data about our operation which is managed by our Flight Performance Team.

The data will initially focus on departures related data including:

  • a monthly breakdown of the proportion of runway usage
  • the proportion and numbers of flights using each Standard Instrument Departure route (SID)
  • track keeping performance by route

We are listening to feedback from our Noise Management Board (NMB) and plan to increase the range of published data to include arrivals related information in due course.

Gatwick noise lab

We are also making improvements to our our online noise lab, known as Casper. We continue to monitor the use and effectiveness of our complaints system and get feedback on it through a number of ways, including the NMB, the Noise and Track Monitoring Advisory Group and the Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee.

We have implemented a number of upgrades including optimising the complaint mapping tool so that it works from mobile devises and improving the availability of live flight data. I am also pleased to report that we are considering further improvements, including the possibility of introducing an automated telephone system. This would be linked directly to Casper to ensure that all complaints are logged in one single place.

As promised last year, we have now updated to our noise complaints handling policy to capture changes in our internal procedures and to address issues around the management of persistent complainers to our freepost facility.

See below for previous blog updates.

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