Long-term plans

Long-term plans

Draft master plan 2018

HAVE YOUR SAY: Take part in our consultation now.

As part of the airport planning process - and reflecting industry best practice - Gatwick creates and regularly publishes a ‘master plan’ to show how the airport intends to develop and grow in the longer term. The master plan also helps to inform the wider regional and local planning process.

Draft master planOur 2018 draft master plan sets out proposals for the airport’s ongoing development and sustainable growth. In it we explain our latest thinking on how the airport can meet the increasing demand for air travel and provide Britain with enhanced global connectivity. 

We also demonstrate how we can create new opportunities for the region and continue to bolster the local economy for future generations, while doing everything possible to develop and grow in a sustainable way - striking the right balance between economic growth and environmental impact.

This draft master plan is also a direct response to the Government’s recent call for UK airports to look at ‘making best use of their existing runways’ and we explore how Gatwick could grow across three scenarios:

  1.  Main runway: using new technologies to increase capacity

    In the near term, the airport has explored how deploying new technology could increase the capacity of the main runway, offering incremental growth through more efficient operations.

  2. Standby runway: innovative plan to bring existing standby runway into use

    Under its current planning agreement, Gatwick’s existing standby runway is only used when the main runway is closed for maintenance or emergencies. However, the 40-year planning agreement will come to an end in 2019. The draft master plan sets out for the first time how we could potentially bring our existing standby runway into routine use for departing flights, alongside the main runway, by the mid-2020s.

    This innovative development, which would meet all international safety requirements, would be delivered without increasing the airport’s noise footprint and provide greater operational resilience.

  3. Additional runway: safeguarding for the future

    While we are not actively pursuing the option of a building a brand new runway to the south of the airport - as we did through the Airports Commission process - we believe it is in the national interest to continue to safeguard this land for the future as part of our master plan.

You can view the full draft master plan and an aerial film highlighting the location of the three scenarios outlined in the draft master plan. We have also created high resolution versions of some of the maps included in our draft master plan at the bottom of this page

Our draft master plan consultation document is designed to explain the consultation in more detail.

Public consultation

We believe the plans offer safe, agile, low-impact ways of unlocking much-needed new runway capacity from within our existing infrastructure - however, it is important that everyone has their say so we look forward to hearing the views of our local communities, partners and stakeholders.

A 12-week public consultation is now live and includes six public exhibitions in our local area, which will help inform the publication of the final master plan early next year. Although, the public exhibitions have now all taken place, we still welcome your views and encourage you to respond before the consultation closes at 5pm on 10 January 2019.

If you were unable to attend our exhibitions, you can read our public information below and let us know your thoughts by responding to our online consultation or by post.

Respond to our consultation

Your views are important to us as we consider how best to grow Gatwick Airport sustainably, including making best use of the existing runways in line with Government policy.

Public exhibitions

All of our public exhibitions have now taken place. The dates and times are listed below. If you missed out, then you can still read the full draft master plan online or by visiting one of several public libraries (also listed below).  


Date: Saturday 3 November
Time: 15:30-19:30
Location: The Barn, Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE


Date: Thursday 8 November
Time: 15:30-19:30
Location: Centrale Shopping Centre, Croydon, CR0 1TY

Tunbridge Wells

Date: Saturday 10 November
Time: 11:00-17:00
Location: Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2SS


Date: Monday 12 November
Time: 14:30-18:30*
Location: Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Western Road, Brighton, BN1 2RG


Date: Saturday 17 November
Time: 11:00-17:00
Location: County Mall Shopping Centre, Crawley, RH10 1FG


Date: Saturday 24 November
Time: 15:30-19:30
Location: Horley Leisure Centre, Anderson Way, Horley RH6 8SP


Date: Monday 26 November
Time: 09:00-16:00
Location: Gatwick Airport in the South Terminal Arrivals Hall.

The venues have been selected across the Gatwick region to enable a reasonable travelling time, both by car and public transport.

*The times for the Brighton event are slightly different from those originally published.

Respond to our consultation

Your views are important to us as we consider how best to grow Gatwick Airport sustainably, including making best use of the existing runways in line with Government policy.

In 2019, we will publish a final master plan document which will consider the feedback received during the consultation period.

If you would like more information, our details are:

Tel: 0808 168 7925
Email: gatwickdraftmasterplan@ipsos-mori.com

There are copies of the full draft master plan document available at the public libraries listed below:

Library  Address
Brighton Jubilee Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE
Crawley Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG
East Grinstead 32-40 West Street, East Grinstead, RH19 4SR
Edenbridge The Eden Centre, Four Elms Road, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6BY
Horley Victoria Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 7AB
Horsham Lower Tanbridge Way, Horsham, RH12 1PJ
Lingfield The Guest House, Vicarage Rd, Lingfield RH7 6HA
Tunbridge Wells 84 Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1JN


If you need a printed copy of the master plan, please email purchase@gatwickdraftmasterplan.com. There is a cost of £48 for this service.

If you would like a copy in large print or another language please email us at gatwickdraftmasterplan@ipsos-mori.com with your request.

Draft master plan high resolution maps

(please note these are large files)

Plan 4: Location Plan 

Plan 5: Key Features 

Plan 6: Land Use

Plan 7: Surface Water Drainage 
Plan 8: Landscape & Biodiversity Assets Plan 9: Airport Layout 2022 Plan 13: Surface Access Key Features Plan 14: Air Noise Map Summer Day 2017
Plan 15: Air Noise Map Summer Night 2017 Plan 16: Air Noise Map Summer Day 2022 Plan 17: Air Noise Map Summer Night 2022 Plan 18: Airport Layout Main Runway 2032
Plan 19: Airport Layout (Standby & Main Runway 2032) Plan 20: Airport Layout (Additional Runway) Plan  21: Safeguarded Land Plan 22: Surface Access
Plan 23: Air Noise Map Summer Day 2028 Plan 24: Summer Night 2028 Plan 25: Air Noise Map Summer Day 2032  Plan 26: Air Noise Map Summer Night 2032
Plan 27: Air Noise Map Summer Day 2028 Plan 28: Air Noise Map Summer Night 2028 Plan 29: Air Noise Map Summer Day 2032  Plan 30: Air Noise Map Summer Night 2032
Plan 31 - Air Noise Map Summer 2040      


Master plan 2012

Our current master plan was published in 2012 and will be replaced in 2019, once our draft master plan is finalised.

Gatwick master plan 2012 
Gatwick master plan appendices 2012