A message from Alison Addy (Gatwick Airport Limited)
As we approach the busy summer season we have lots of news highlights to share. Each highlight has a link to the relevant press release for more information.
Business and Community
- Gatwick’s new passenger app won Mobile Innovation of the Year at the National Technology awards, and also picked up Mobile App of the Year at the Real IT awards, along with Cloud Project of the Year after becoming the world’s first major airport to introduce a cloud-based Flight Information System (FIDS). More…
- Gatwick Airport has announced the UK’s first trial of end-to-end biometrics – where personal data collected at the airport’s self-service bag drops will be recognised by new automated self-boarding gates – simplifying and speeding up the process for passengers and reducing the risk of human error. The trial is being run in partnership with easyJet and is the first and most extensive of its kind in the UK. More…
- London Gatwick’s global success story continued in April with long haul connections +21.0% driving record cargo tonnage for the month, +23.2% on last year. 3.7 million passengers travelled through Gatwick in April with the airport set to further increase the global connectivity it provides for passengers with Qatar Airways starting a new route to Doha in May – opening up greater onward connectivity to Asia and Australia. More…
- Our partnership with the Brighton Marathon gave Gatwick a high profile at this fast growing regional event, which attracted 12,000 athletes; 180,000 spectators; and 3,000 children who were able to participate in the mini mile free of charge due to Gatwick’s support. Our involvement aligns with our strategic themes of health & wellbeing; and Gatwick as a family friendly airport; with features including an airport branded family lane for race pack pick-ups and a Gatwick arrivals zone on the beach for runners to meet their supporters.
- Gatwick partnered with the West Kent Partnership for the Grow Kent Business Conference in Tunbridge Wells. We took the opportunity as sponsors to share examples of how Gatwick supports a thriving local economy.
Noise and Airspace
- The next Noise Management Board is being held on 27th June where the next steps in planning for the Reduced Night Noise Trial will be agreed, along with updates on Departures work and further planning for the NMB 2019 workplan.
The second of the NMB’s topic specific workshops for 2018 was held on 23rd May, which focussed on Departures. NMB blog will be updated in June with any key messages emerging from the workshop discussions.
- We have met with the CAA to discuss our options and next steps around our Route 4 Standard Instrument Departure (SID) routes. In accordance with the recent Consent Order we are reverting the Route 4 conventional SIDs to their previous position but this will not in itself result in any changes to the tracks flown by air traffic. An Airspace Change Proposal for the Route 4 RNAV (satellite navigation based) SIDs will commence in the coming months. Andy Sinclair, our Head of Airspace Strategy, provides an update on the planned next steps in his latest Airspace blog.