1 November 2018

Latest News from Gatwick Airport October 2018

With Gatwick Airport looking ahead with the launch of the Masterplan, here are some of the latest news highlights


  • Gatwick Airport has set out an ambitious vision for the future with the publication of its draft master plan, which looks at how the airport might grow in the longer term. The draft master plan was announced to the airport’s independent consultative committee GATCOM last week.

As the UK enters a new chapter, Gatwick’s development will help meet future aviation demand with sustainable growth and ensure strong connections between Britain and global markets. It will also provide new opportunities for the South East and continue to bolster the local economy for future generations.

The publication of Gatwick’s draft master plan reflects Department for Transport guidance for airports to provide regular updates on their long-term plans, and responds to the Government’s recent call for airports to ‘make best use of their existing runways’.  More …

  • A prototype fuel cell electric double-deck bus was shown in public for the first time at Gatwick's Annual Transport Forum on Friday 12th October.

In a first for the region, the new technology will soon be trialled with an in-service trial of the bus run by local service provider Metrobus on the company's Fastway 100 service between Crawley, Gatwick Airport and Reigate.  More…

  • London Gatwick is the first UK airport to open a sensory room for its passengers, offering a relaxing, private and fully interactive environment to calm people who may feel overwhelmed in busy and unfamiliar airport surroundings.

The new space in the North Terminal has been designed for passengers with autism, dementia, cognitive impairment or other special needs who would benefit from a designated place to help them feel at ease before their flight. More…

  • A large display showcasing the rich variety of experiences available to West Sussex visitors was unveiled at Gatwick Airport by Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council and Stewart Wingate, Gatwick’s CEO.

The site in the airport’s South Terminal promotes Experience West Sussex - a successful visitor marketing initiative led by the County Council - working with a broad range of partners and businesses - that generated around £2million in additional economic value for the local economy and businesses in 2017 alone.

Further sites promoting tourism across the South East could be unveiled in coming months as part of a package of measures to boost local tourism. More…

  • Gatwick has recorded the busiest September in its history, with 4.5 million passengers travelling through in what was also a successful month for the airport’s ongoing sustainability programme.

As the Carbon Trust named Gatwick the UK airport with the biggest combined reduction of operational carbon, water and non-recycled waste last year, total passenger numbers grew by 14,800 – a +0.3% increase – compared with September 2017.  More …



  • Gatwick Airport will be headline sponsor for the Big Bang Fair South East – the UK’s biggest single celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for young people.

Over 10,000 children from around 200 schools are expected to attend the Fair, which will also host the regional heats for the prestigious Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers of the Year competition. 

Gatwick’s sponsorship is part of the airport’s education programme to highlight the importance and relevance of STEM subjects in the world of work, including at the airport which hosts 24,000 employees.  More …

  • Gatwick Airport’s CEO, Stewart Wingate, took part in a ‘Learn Live’ broadcast into more than 60 schools nationwide to provide advice to students thinking about pursuing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related career at the airport.

Stewart, who is also a chartered engineer, gave insights into his daily duties at Gatwick and his engineering apprenticeship, as well as answering questions on why he wanted to work in the aviation industry, what qualities are required to become a Chief Executive Officer and what he feels apprenticeships bring to the business. More…

Noise and Airspace

  • Noise Management Board Constitutional review: A sub-committee of the NMB has been convened to conduct a review of the purpose, objectives, governance, structure, membership, balance, legitimacy, outcomes, leadership and administration of the NMB. The review will consider the views of all NMB members and will report back to the full NMB its findings and any recommendations at an ad-hoc NMB meeting. It is proposed that following the NMB ad-hoc meeting, recommended changes to the NMB terms of reference be finalised, and submitted to NMB for adoption at NMB/13 in January 2019. NMB/13 will therefore be the last meeting for the NMB using its current Terms of Reference, and will also mark the adoption of any new NMB Constitution.
  • Noise and Track Keeping replacement: We have commenced a procurement process to enhance the Noise and Track Keeping system, which monitors and records the noise and flight paths of aircraft.   The re-fresh will see both the internal and public facing systems upgraded.  A key aspect of the project is improving the system’s resilience and reliability following four isolated system outages through July and August 2018. The procurement is expected to conclude in the next few months.

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