4:41 pm, Tue 15 Oct 2013
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
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4:36 pm, Tue 15 Oct 2013
The airspace change programme is essential if we are to contribute to and ensure the success of the UK's FAS.
The airspace above London is the most complex in the world and, as traffic levels increase, change is necessary to ensure safety and service levels."
– Juliet Kennedy, NATS Operations Director
4:30 pm, Tue 15 Oct 2013
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
4:18 pm, Tue 15 Oct 2013
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
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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.