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Gatwick has delayed consultation about its expansion plans until 2021. It had intended to consult in 2020, but has been so badly hit by the fall in air travel demand that it is now not even likely to re-open its southern terminal until perhaps summer 2021.  Link 


On 14 May 2019, Gatwick Airport transferred to new management with VINCI Airports now owning the majority shareholding of 50.01% and the remainder owned by a consortium of investors and managed by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), who have operated Gatwick since 2009. 

  • Gatwick airport: majority stake 50.01% sold to French group Vinci; GIP and partners retain 49.99%

    New owner says Brexit threat helped Vinci get 50.01% stake in UK’s second-busiest airport for ‘reasonable’ £2.9bn. A consortium led by the US investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) is selling a majority stake of 50.01% in the airport to Vinci Airports, one of the world’s top airport operators and part of the infrastructure group Vinci. Vinci and GIP will manage Gatwick together.  Gatwick will be the largest in Vinci’s portfolio of 46 airports spread across 12 countries. The French group’s network includes Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport, Nantes Atlantique and Grenoble Alpes Isère in France; Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, Funchal in Madeira, and Osaka Itami and Kansai International in Japan.  The GIP-led consortium bought Gatwick from the airport operator BAA for £1.5bn in 2009 and spent £1.9bn modernising the airport in subsequent years. The shareholders are selling down their stakes, leaving GIP with 21%, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority with 7.9%, Australia’s sovereign wealth fund with 8.6% and two public pension funds in California and South Korea with 6.4% and 6% respectively.

    Click here to view full story…

Gatwick Key Runway Facts

RUNWAY FACTS – Gatwick Unwrapped

and longer, more detailed briefing, Gatwick Unwrapped  sets out the arguments, to give people the information they may need to help write responses to the Airports Commission consultation (deadline date 3rd February).

How to complain to Gatwick, if you are bothered by their aircraft noise

Gatwick Airport has a complaints form. There is also a way to complain by phone.

Phone number: 0344 892 0322

How to complain to Gatwick

If you wish to raise a complaint with Gatwick, have as much of the following information ready as possible:
•    Your name and address including postcode.
•    Date and time of the incident
•    Count the engines on the aircraft.  Other details might well be useful (eg Airline).
•    The nature of your complaint (noise, low flying etc).
•    Any other details you may have of the aircraft and flight.

The complaint form is at

Flight tracking apps can help you find out about the aircraft and its flight details, for more information about these see our FACTS section.

If you are dissatisfied with the response you can contact one of the local community groups around Gatwick in your area, who may be able to suggest further action.


Gatwick’s Noise Reports can be found at

Airspace Office annual report 2019  includes numbers of complaints, where they are from etc
Airspace Office annual report 2018
Flight Performance Team annual report 2017
Flight Performance Team annual report 2016 
Flight Performance Team annual report 2015 

Civil Aviation Authority:
Complaint form
Department for Transport:
Complaint form



Gatwick Noise Management Board

The NMB was set up in response to protests about the new flight paths introduced in 2013-14.  In addition to various aviation bodies such as air traffic control, it has on it four representatives of local protest groups with another four protest groups acting as alternates. GACC represents the whole area around the airport and is a member of the main airport consultative committee but is not a member of the NMB.  Because the local protest groups only represent specific areas, and indeed because there are many towns and villages not represented on the NMB, GACC initially proposed that all NMB meetings should be open to the public so that those not represented could have their say, but it was decided that only one in every four meetings.  The 4th meeting is open to the public, and will be on 31st January 2017.

Details and papers from past meetings are at

Councils around Gatwick opposed to a 2nd runway

Almost all the county, borough, district, town and parish councils around Gatwick have decided to oppose a second runway.

  • Kent County Council has reversed its position, from support for a second Gatwick runway to opposition.
  • After a long and passionate debate, West Sussex County Council councillors voted 37:26 to cancel their support in principle and to oppose a 2nd runway.
  • Surrey County Council is sticking to its policy, agreed a few years ago, to oppose a second runway unless sufficient infrastructure improvements are made first.
  • Crawley Borough Council, the planning authority for Gatwick, has voted 25:11 to oppose a second runway.
  • Horsham District Council has voted 23:1 against.
  • Mole Valley District Council has voted unanimously against.
  • Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has voted 39:1 against.
  • Tandridge District Council has sent in a response drawing attention to its core strategy to oppose any expansion of the airport which would adversely affect their residents.
  • Mid Sussex District Council has strongly opposed a 2nd runway
  • Wealden District Council has opposed a 2nd runway
  • Reigate and Banstead Council is still making up its mind.
  • Horley Town Council and virtually all the fifty or so parish councils around Gatwick have voted No to a runway
  • The only odd one out is East Sussex County Council which voted 27:19 to support a 2nd runway. Most of the votes in favour came from councillors in seaside areas such as Hastings or Eastbourne who were enticed by the prospect of more jobs.
  • None of the Members of Parliament around Gatwick support a 2nd runway. Eight out of nine MPs have declared their opposition. One (Henry Smith) says that Gatwick have not yet made a case for a new runway. He has now said (13th April 2015) that the costs of a runway “(environmental & infrastructure pressure) outweigh any benefits”.

Gatwick Airport’s Flight Tracking – Webtrak


Local community groups

Main long established local residents’ group :

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign  (GACC)
Founded 1965.  Membership includes over 100 councils and environmental groups.
For details of the other flight path groups, click here

Airlines using Gatwick:

Gatwick airlines 2015Dark blue = capacity in 2010.   Brown = capacity in 2015

U2 EasyJet
BA British Airways
DY Norwegian
TOM Thomson
ZB Monarch
VS Virgin Atlantic
TCX Thomas Cook
EI Aer Lingus
FR Air France
EK Emirates


For passenger numbers, air transport movements, and air freight tonnage each month, compared to the same month a year earlier, see Gatwick Passenger, ATM and air freight data

Gatwick Airport Annual Reports and Financial Statements:

March 2014

March 2013

March 2012

More on Gatwick’s tax payments at link

The Second Runway Issue

GACC has set out the arguments why a second runway at Gatwick would not work.               See GACC booklet.

Gatwick is a small airport, and is confined by the towns of Horley and Crawley, and by the medieval village of Charlwood, and also by high ground to the west and the main London – Brighton railway line to the east. Charles de Gaulle Airport at Paris is five times as large.

Gatwick has one main runway, and one subsidiary runway which can be used when the main runway is not available. The two runways are too close together to be used simultaneously.

Any new runway is ruled out before August 2019 by a legal agreement between BAA and West Sussex County Council signed in 1979.  Because of the constricted topography at Gatwick, any new runway won’t work from an aviation point of view.

For more details see The Runway Issue


Gatwick locator map: Passengers: 33.8 million; runways: 1; employees: 23,000; destinations: 200

Gatwick is the world’s largest single runway airport where more than half the flights are low cost. Few passengers – approximately just one in 10 – use Gatwick to transfer to other flights.

An earlier proposed plan to expand Gatwick    (BBC)

Master Plan – July 2012

There was a consultation on the draft Master Plan from October 2011 to January 2012.   The airport produced its Master Plan on 19th July 2012.
It can be found at

Gatwick master plan 2012

Gatwick master plan appendices 2012

GACC welcomes the low priority given to a new runway in the Gatwick master plan

July 23, 2012     GACC, the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign, has commented on the Gatwick Airport Master Plan that was published last week.  They welcome the assurance given by the Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate, that “Gatwick Airport is not actively pursuing, promoting or lobbying for a 2nd runway”. However, GIP, the major shareholder in Gatwick, wants to sell its shares in around 2018 and the prospect of a new runway would improve the price.  GACC reiterates that there is no space for an efficient new runway (as the master plan admits) and it is doubtful if a new runway would prove profitable. GACC chairman, Brendon Sewill, said: “If any new runway ever became a serious possibility, there would be massive opposition from across Surrey, Sussex and Kent.” GACC have also rubbished the economic figures in the master plan, with its hugely exaggerated jobs claims, and inaccurate and inflated figures of alleged economic benefit.    Click here to view full story…

Some  general information about the airport:

 Airport Owner: GIP –   Global Infrastructure Partners,  (chairman Sir David Rowlands) and 12% the South Korean National Pension Service. Was Grupa Ferrovial till November 2009.   Sold for £1.51 billion.
Airport Operator:   GIP
Airlines using the airport:  BA, easyJet and many, many others. Some 90 airlines fly from Gatwick.
Key destinations: Some 230 destinations worldwide.  Gatwick may be the busiest single-runway airport, and the seventh largest airport, in the world.

Master Plan   Interim October 2006. Then  Gatwick master plan 2012

Gatwick Airport. Flights and CO2 emissions.

Analysis of flights, routes, and top 10 destinations from Gatwick Airport in 2011.

Also carbon emissions.
And passenger growth and numbers over the past 15 years.




CAA aviation statistics     

CAA aviation statistics


Number of passengers (thousands)
CAA – Terminal Passengers 1998 – 2008 (annual figures, table 10.3)
CAA – Terminal Passengers 2002 – 2012 (annual figures, table 10.3)
2012     34,218,668 (up + 1.7% on 2011)
2011     33,644,000 ( up +7% on 2010)

2010     31,342,000  (down – 3% on 2009)   link to 2010 data

2009   32,361,199  (down – 5.3% on 2008)
2008    34,162 thousand (down -3% on 2007)
2007    35,165  (up +3% on 2006)
2006    34,080
2005    32,693
2000   31,947
1996   24,985



Air Transport Movements

Air Traffic Movements (thousands)
CAA ATM statistics 1998 – 2008 (annual figures, table 4.2)
CAA ATM statistics 2002 – 2012 (annual figures, table 4.2)
2012   240,447 (down – 1.7% on 2011)
2011    245 (up + 5% on 2010)
2010    234 (down -5% on 2009)  link to 2010 data
2009   245.4  (down – 4.3% on 2008)
2008   256 thousand (almost no change on 2007)
2007   259 (up + 2% on 2006)
2006   254
2005   252
2000   251
1996   209

Air Freight

Freight tonnage  
CAA Air Freight statistics 1998 – 2008 (annual figures, table 13.2)
CAA ATM statistics 2002 – 2012 (annual figures, table 13.2)
2012    97,567 (up + 11% on 2011)
2011     88,085  ( down – 15% on 2010)
2010    104,032  (up +39% on 2009)     link to 2010 data
2009    74,680  (down – 31% on 2008)
2008   107,702  (down 37% on 2007)
2007   171,078 (down 19% on 2006)
2006   211,857
2005   222,778
2000   318,905
2006   266,975

Future plans:  40 million passengers per year  by 2015.

Second runway, after 2019

Consultative Committee:  Gatwick Area Consultative Committee  (GACC)

Serviced by West Sussex County Council.  Chairman John Godfrey, Vice Hilary Sewill.
Good support for environmental issues.


Local residents’ or airport opposition group :

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign.  (GACC)
Founded 1965. Membership includes over 100 councils and environmental groups.
also Gatwick Can Be Quieter (GatCan)



Recent news about Gatwick Airport  See Gatwick News


Gatwick Airport Website   – facts and figures about Gatwick


Proportion of domestic passengers, out of total passengers
CAA  statistics, annual figures   – comparing Tables 9 and 10.2
2006       11.9%
2007       11.4%
2008       10.9%

Business Aviation:   Number of business flights (= private jets)

CAA  statistics, annual figures –  Table 3.1
2007             475   (+ 1,499 air taxis)
2008         5,412 (+ 1,482 a ir taxis)

Gatwick Airport signs up to new legal commitments  15.12.2008

05 January 2009    London Gatwick Airport has signed a new legal agreement with West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council. The agreement outlines how the airport’s operation, growth and environmental impacts will be managed responsibly. It underpins the important relationship between the airport owner and its local authorities with responsibility for planning, environmental management and highways.

The new legal agreement, reached after a process of consultation and discussion with a wide range of stakeholders, contains wide ranging objectives and obligations. In addition to West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council, in whose areas the airport lies, seven other adjoining councils were consulted.

This new agreement and London Gatwick Airport’s interim master plan supersede the Gatwick Airport Sustainable Development Strategy, published in July 2000 and the original legal agreement signed in 2001. The new agreement will run until the end of 2015.

“The signing of this agreement between the airport and our two local authorities is of great importance to all of us and builds on the original ground-breaking agreement,” Andy Flower Managing Director London Gatwick Airport said. “It will bring significant benefits to the airport and the community it serves and affects. It demonstrates a desire for all those involved to see the airport grow to 40 million passengers per year and to delivering new capacity for the south east, whilst balancing our environmental impacts. We are entering a new chapter in Gatwick’s history with the sale of this national asset and this legal agreement continues to define Gatwick’s future and the role it will play in the local, regional and national economy.”

The key issues addressed in the agreement include climate change; air quality; noise; surface access; land use, development and bio-diversity; community and the economy; action planning and monitoring and reporting.

 BAA press release 5.1.2009

Gatwick and climate change:
 “Gatwick – wrecking climate change targets”   (published May 2007)  – a new study of the climate change caused by flights from Gatwick airport, by GACC.