Gatwick has been able to serve more passengers whilst at the same time reducing the number of local residents within the airport’s noise footprint.
The area in the airport’s noise footprint, the standard measurement 57dB leq contour, has reduced by 9% since 2008 while numbers of flights in the last decade have grown 9%. This reduction has been driven by many of the airport’s new routes being flown by new generation aircraft, for example the Airbus A320neo – aircraft which are up to 50% quieter on departure than the current models which they are replacing.
More recently Gatwick has focused on incentivising airlines to modify their current aircraft fleet. 97% of the Airbus A320 family of aircraft flying from Gatwick, which account for half of all of the airport’s flights, have been modified to reduce noise. This modification was a significant factor in reducing the airport’s noise footprint by 3% in the last full calendar year according to independent noise analysis by the Civil Aviation Authority, despite a 3% increase in traffic over the same period.
New generation aircraft, such as the Airbus A320neo, will be phased in over coming years so that Gatwick estimates around 30% of its fleet will comprise new, quieter aircraft by 2022, 60% by 2027 and 90% by 2032.
Gatwick has seen a 41% increase in passenger numbers in the last eight years driven by the airport’s new global connections, with long-haul passengers growing 21.3% in the last year alone, and the last twelve months seeing Gatwick’s highest-ever customer satisfaction levels in the airport’s passenger survey.
Passengers have flocked to new destinations from Gatwick, including Taipei, Buenos Aires and Doha in the last year, while the airport has a new connection to Shanghai, starting from December.
In response to passenger demand for Gatwick’s global connectivity, the airport has published its draft master plan, setting out the airport’s vision for growth to the 2030s.
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’.
The airport is now keen to encourage responses to a 12-week public consultation it has launched to gather feedback and views on the draft master plan. The consultation is live until 5pm on 10 January 2019 and can be completed at www.gatwickairport.com/masterplan2018
All responses will be reviewed before a final version of the master plan is agreed next year.
London Gatwick, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said:
“We are delighted to have welcomed 46 million passengers to Gatwick in the last year which is testament to the hard work and innovation of all staff working at the airport.
“At Gatwick we work hard with our airlines to ensure that the higher passenger numbers using the airport, attracted by new and improved services, are balanced by noise improvements for our local neighbours. Our ambition to be the UK’s most sustainable airport has already seen us become the first carbon neutral London airport and also the first airport to achieve zero waste to landfill.
“In response to passenger demand for Gatwick’s global connectivity, we have published the airport’s draft master plan, setting out our vision for growth to the 2030s. We are now seeking feedback from the public, including our local neighbours and our airport partners on this draft master plan, as we seek to fulfil our role for the country, in the most sustainable way.”
Criminals beware, Project Servator has launched at Gatwick and it WILL spot you!
Unpredictable, that’s the key word for the project launched at Gatwick Airport for the first time, ensuring that security checks are performed without any notice.
In this day and age we all feel a sense of safety whenever we see a police patrol going about their business. None more so than at an airport.
“deter, detect and disrupt hostile reconnaissance”
Now Gatwick has gone one step further and adopted the national project Servator that has performed so well up and down the country.
Inspector James Biggs from the Gatwick Police Prevention Team explained:
“Project Servator is a project initiated by the city of London police that has now gone nationwide including railway stations and airports.
It’s designed to deter, detect and disrupt the hostile reconnaissance coming to the airport and places of interest. That’s all levels of criminality from shoplifters to terrorists.
The project has been live nationwide for a number of a years which is why we adopted it here.”
But what is it?
The aim is be as unpredictable as possible and run security checks utilising all arms of the available resources available to the police, from uniformed to plain clothed and armed officers. Additionally the use of dogs and the sophisticated CCTV and number plate recognition software all combine to create the airports very own ring of steel.
The officers have been specially trained to detect people who may come to the airport and act in a different manner. Something not easy in an environment as busy as Gatwick where the people change every single hour and day.
But it is not just within the airport buildings that the project is undertaken.
Road checkpoints have also been set up ensuring that if anyone even thinks about getting close to the airport for wrong reasons then they will have no choice but to come face to face with the police.
Whilst the whole project is all about being unpredictable and therefore catching out would-be criminals, there is an additional side that could be witnessed first hand while watching the officers in action.
Smiles on the faces of passengers.
The very presence, the interaction and the belief that Gatwick is showing that safety is of paramount importance to all who both work and travel through the airport.