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By Plane Wrong, Nov 28 2018 08:13PM

Please Read this newsletter carefully. The above plan has potential very serious consequences.

Gatwick Airport Limited has produced a draft master plan to allow it to handle even more passengers than it does today (45 million). One of their scenarios aims to increase this to over 70 million passengers by using the existing standby runway for departures. That’s a very big increase!

Gatwick Airport Limited are conducting a public consultation on this plan that ends on 10th January 2019

Gatwick’s Draft Master Plan 2018 contains three options

Where it remains a single runway operation using the existing main runway.

Where the existing standby runway is routinely used together with the main runway.

Where they continue to safeguard for an additional runway to the south.

These scenarios are not exclusive choices; Gatwick could transition from one to another within the timeframes discussed in their draft master plan.

Gatwick is a single runway airport that has a standby runway for emergency use when the main runway is out of use for any reason. The Section 52 Agreement with West Sussex County Council precludes the simultaneous use of both runways. This agreement expires in 2019. This explains why the plan is being published now.

By operating both runways simultaneously, Gatwick would be able to add between 10 and 15 additional hourly aircraft flights at peak times, which could deliver up to 70 million passengers by 2032. Well over a 50% increase compared with today. That’s 50% more people trying to get in and out of Gatwick, more pollution and more pressure on the local roads and other infrastructure.

The consultation contains 11 questions which gives you the opportunity to oppose this threat to the peaceful enjoyment of your environment?

You will find these 11 questions at the end of this newsletter together with some suggested responses.

The Master plan summary can be found at

The full Master plan can be found at

Take part in the consultation which can be found at:

Take advice from the Plane Wrong website which can be found at:

Take advice from Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign website which can be found at:

Gatwick Draft Master Plan Questions and suggested responses

To what extent, if at all, do you support or oppose the principle of growing Gatwick by making best use of the existing runways in line with Government policy?

· Strongly oppose

Please explain why you hold this view.

· Aircraft using Gatwick already create an intolerable level of noise for many local residents -any increase in the frequency of aircraft would be totally unacceptable.

· More flights will generate even more road traffic causing even more congestion and pollution.

Given the draft master plan looks out beyond 2030, to what extent, if at all, do you agree or disagree that land (mainly to the south of the airport) that has been safeguarded since 2006 should continue to be safeguarded for the future construction of an additional main runway?

· Strongly disagree

Please explain why you hold this view.

· The Airports Commission “unequivocally and unanimously” selected Heathrow and that decision was overwhelmingly endorsed by parliament.

· Continued safeguarding of the land to build an additional main runway leaves a threat of huge future expansion hanging over the heads of local residents.

What more, if anything, do you believe should be done to maximise the employment and economic benefits resulting from Gatwick’s continued growth?

· The local area does not need yet further Gatwick expansion in order to thrive.

· Even more dependence on the airport reduces resilience in the event of an economic downturn.

What more if anything, do you think should be done to minimise the noise impact of Gatwick’s continued growth?

· Gatwick needs to address the noise issues already caused by growth to date. Many local residents have suffered huge increases in noise over the past few years, in particular those to the north of the airport affected by Routes 3 and 4. The frequency of aircraft flying identical flight paths has made life intolerable for many residents. Gatwick airport has been quite cynical in the way it has ignored genuine complaints.

What more, if anything, do you think should be done to minimise the other environmental impacts of Gatwick’s continued growth?

· Any further expansion will cause further environmental impact – do not expand numbers of flights further but achieve any expansion through the use of bigger aircraft and with higher load factors.

Do you believe our approach to community engagement, as described in the draft master plan, should be improved, and if so, how?

· Community engagement is not just about sponsorship of local events and charities – it should be about caring about the impact of noise and road traffic on local communities.

If you make use of Gatwick, what areas of passenger experience would you like to see improved?

· No comment

Are there any areas of our Surface Access Strategy that you believe should be improved and, if so what are they?

· Strategies need to prioritise reducing the road traffic impact on local rural communities.

· More passengers and staff should be induced to use rail and motorway access.

Do you have any other comments to make about the Gatwick Airport draft master plan?

· Gatwick needs to consider how to reduce the impact caused on local communities by its growth to date, rather than considering facilitating further growth.

Best wishes

Mike Ward



By Plane Wrong, Oct 27 2018 10:46AM

Gatwick Airport have always maintained they are ‘good neighbours’ but it is becoming increasingly clear that as a commercial enterprise Gatwick have their own agenda and are single minded about achieving their growth and bottom line profit. Gatwick have been reporting that route 4, the busiest departure route out of the airport, has significantly improved its track-keeping throughout 2018. The experiences of local supporters of campaign group, Plane Wrong, have suggested the contrary.

Plane Wrong chair, Mike Ward, on analysing the data provided by Gatwick chiefs, identified a huge flaw in the reporting. In a letter to Gatwick he states the following, ‘I have finally answered my own question as to why the Route 4 performance figures are looking so much better than previously. The answer is simple. They are wrong.

It has now come to light that from January 2018 Gatwick has mis-calculated the percentage of aircraft flying outside the designated route. They have now admitted that instead of the 1-2% claimed and published on their website, the actual level of non-compliance was up to 8%.

This brings to light a broader question, the fact that such a basic error has gone undetected for eight months speaks volumes about the inadequacy of Gatwick’s controls and the low priority Gatwick apparently give to providing the public with reliable information. Not only is this a failing of Gatwick, the noise and track-keeping monitoring group, NATMAG, also failed to pick this up.

This demonstrates a business that has total disregard for local communities and the effect of air traffic growth on local surroundings, environment and noise pollution. The increase in volume of passengers departing from Gatwick in the past 4 years has grown in the region of 25% without consultation or taking into account the impact on local communities, health and well-being.

National media report that Gatwick are working on a ‘stealth’ second runway, which they have carefully kept under wraps. If Gatwick cannot keep control of their aircraft on just one route currently, how can communities trust them to run one of the largest airports in the south east?

By Plane Wrong, Oct 26 2018 02:12PM

Gatwick have gone out to consultation with proposals to dramatically increase the volume of aircraft movements including the use of thier emergency runway.

Their are no committments to reduce noise to communiites and we are concerned about the inpact of expansion on local infrastructure.

More infromation about the proposals can be found here. We urge you to respond to Gatwick's consultation which closes at 5pm on the 10th January 2019.

By Plane Wrong, May 31 2017 09:00AM

Now that the CAA has completed its report on Route 4 and approved the route subject to further work by Gatwick on the matters mentioned in our last newsletter, the airspace change process begun back in 2012 has been completed. However, we at Plane Wrong are well aware that many people are still suffering more from Route 3 or Route 4 than they used to before the changes that happened in 2014. And in some cases from both routes.

The CAA may have closed their files but we most definitely haven't!

Our next step is to review the remaining issues and for this we need your help. We want to update our understanding of the impacts of Routes 3 and 4 by asking you. Please complete our brief survey as soon as possible and no later than 18 June.

Once we have analysed the responses, we will revise our strategy and pursue it through the Noise Management Board and any other avenues that are available.

Thanks for your help

Mike Ward



PS It's really important that we understand what impact the Routes are having and where. So your experience matters. Please complete the survey now.

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