Where the Airport talks to its users and neighbours

Date of Next Meeting

Thursday 14 July 2016 at the Sofitel Hotel, North Terminal at Gatwick Airport. The meeting starts at 2.00.pm

The meetings of GATCOM - but not its sub-groups - are open to the public and the press

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Noise Action Plan
The Airport's new noise action plan has been published - you can see the plan on the Airport's website

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the busiest single-runway airport in the world. It serves around 200 destinations in 90 countries for around 38 million passengers a year on short and long haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South-East region, generating around 23,000 on-airport jobs and a further 13,000 jobs through related activities.”

Like all airports, Gatwick affects people's lives in many different ways. On the one hand it offers a wide range of jobs and brings economic benefits and prosperity to the area. But on the other hand it can cause a number of problems and concerns to local communities, particularly on issues such as aircraft noise both in the air and on the ground, pollution, development demands, traffic and parking. Also, the traveller's experience of the airport, as well as the needs of the airlines, are very important elements in the consideration of the airport's future.

GATCOM seeks to reach a common understanding between the various interests about the nature and operation of the airport so that issues can be resolved amicably. It is therefore the custom and practice of GATCOM to ensure that all views are properly reflected and, wherever possible, to work through consensus. Seeking a balance between these wide and conflicting interests is a challenging role. Our primary objective is to ensure the future success of Gatwick providing high quality services to passengers and airlines, having particular regard to the impact this has on the surrounding communities.


The agenda papers for the meeting of GATCOM held on 28th April are now available – click here to see.  The Key Messages to emerge from the meeting are also available – click here to see.  The minutes will be uploaded in the near future.”

Pictures by kind permission of Stuart Innes, Clare Jones, Natalia Nosova, Gatwick Airport Limited and BAA plc
Page last updated: 12th May 2016


  seeks to build interest, communication and understanding between the airport and its users, local residents and the business community
  considers airport issues concerned with the environment, surface access, employment, the economy and the circumstances of local communities
  works with the airport to secure a sustainable development strategy
  works to protect and enhance the interests of passengers and other users of the airport
  considers and comments on matters referred to it by Gatwick Airport Limited.
considers and responds to consultations from Government and other sources that are material to the operation and future development of the airport


Chairman's Annual Review 2014/15
- now available
You can also see the reports for 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, and 2013/14