Gatwick consults on air change

Residents living near one of our busiest airports could be getting some respite from aircraft noise with possible changes to airspace around Gatwick Airport.

'Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' over Gatwick noise

Tom Denton, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Gatwick, said: "This project gives us an opportunity to further reduce the number of people affected by noise, as well as focus on further reducing CO2 emissions and air-quality impacts.

"Therefore this is an important time for local people and those who live within our flight paths, who now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give their feedback and influence the future of our airspace."

British Airways Boeing 777 taking off from Gatwick Airport in West Sussex
British Airways Boeing 777 taking off from Gatwick Airport in West Sussex Credit: Press Association

You can get involved in the consultation, and have your say here.

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How proposed changes at Gatwick could reduce noise

If the changes go ahead it could mean:

  • Less noise for residents as aircraft climb higher and more quickly on take-off
  • Planes would also stay higher for longer when landing
  • Changes could reduce the need for so much stacking - where planes circle while waiting for a landing slot
  • They could also put more routes over the sea where possible
  • It could also mean fewer aircraft CO2 emissions and fuel savings for airlines

Gatwick residents could get respite from aircraft noise

Residents living near Gatwick Airport could be getting some respite from aircraft noise. Plans about changes to the airspace have been published by Gatwick bosses and air traffic control company NATS.

Gatwick Airport near Crawley in West Sussex
Gatwick Airport near Crawley in West Sussex Credit: Press Assocation

The changes could mean less noise for residents, with aircraft climbing higher and more quickly on take-off and staying higher for longer when landing.