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.

Noise and Track Keeping website - phase 2

In April 2019 after significant investment and several months of intensive work with our new system provider, EMS Brüel & Kjær, we launched our new flight tracking system. Since then, the newly formed Airspace Office has been working with our multi-stakeholder Noise and Track Monitoring Advisory Group (NaTMAG) to deliver the second phase of the new system. 

On 17 September, we launched this second phase by releasing a dedicated airspace and noise information portal -  a first for a European Airport. This new portal sits within the noise and airspace section of our website, which has also been updated to help make it easier to navigate.   

The new portal provides information on our airport operation with videos and information packs that explain specific aspects. Performance dashboards focusing on operations, noise and complaints allow for trends to be analysed whilst flight track mapping shows the variation in how aircraft operate to and from Gatwick. We have also sited an additional 13 noise monitors in the local area, bringing our total to 23 - more monitors than we have ever had - and data from all of these monitors available to the public via this new portal. 

Over the coming weeks we will also update our complaint submission systems to provide a user account function. Once an account has been created, users will be able to view the complaints sent to the Airspace Office and, in an international first, also view the letters and supporting information sent in response.  This capability will provide complete transparency in the complaints handling process. 

The delivery of phase 2 completes the upgrade program which, in less than a year, has delivered a step change in the level of data that we collect, significantly enhanced our analytical and reporting capabilities and substantially improved the availability of noise data.

See below for previous blog updates.

NMB update - August 2019


Route 4 update - 12 July 2019


Gatwick noise contours reduced in 2018 - 17 June 2019


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