The additional time will allow Gatwick to do as much as possible to reduce the impact of aircraft noise on local residents. Gatwick Airport proposes using the longer timeframe to:
- Reflect further on the feedback received during local consultations
- Undertake detailed analysis work on final route options
- Undertake further work on the possibility to introduce more respite for residents most affected by noise (including between 4000 and 7000 feet).
- Consider how Gatwick can engage better on any new flight change options, including by developing a more detailed programme of engagement through GATCOM
In addition, NATS also agreed to delay implementing any changes to airspace above 4000 feet.
Tom Denton, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Gatwick Airport, said:
“We are taking more time to review the flight change options we have consulted on in order to further consider all the feedback received before making any airspace change proposals. It is clear that airspace change is a sensitive issue for the communities around the airport and we encourage members of the community to engage fully with their GATCOM representative.”
The High Weald Councils Aviation Action Group is campaigning for the maximum number of respite routes for arrivals into Gatwick. This will share the burden among all our communities.