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 Management Board Update – August 2019 

In May, our Noise Management Board (NMB) discussed whether it would continue in its current form for a second three-year term, as well as new governance recommendations which had been developed by the NMB Review Committee. 

Unfortunately, the recommendations were not accepted by the community noise group who form part of the NMB, closing the session without a formal plan to move forwards or a mandate for a second term. In effect, the NMB was paused to allow Gatwick to further consider how to proceed. 

In the meantime, work which supports the NMB’s workplan continues with pace including planning for a ‘Reduced Night Noise’ trial; ‘Low Approach Metric’ development; the creation of an airline noise league table; and a departures routes study. 

Recruitment for two roles

Additionally, using the recommendations of the NMB Review Committee – which we believe provides a firm foundation for the future of the NMB – we have begun the recruitment process for two new independent chairs. The new roles will oversee an NMB Executive Board and an NMB Community Forum. 

Further updates on this work and the work of the NMB in general, including meeting agendas, minutes and written reviews, can be found in the NMB section of our website.  

See below for previous blog updates.

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