Where the Airport talks to its users and neighbours

Date of Next Meeting

Thursday 23rd April 2015 at the Hilton Hotel, South Terminal, Gatwick Airport. The meeting starts at 2pm.

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

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More about the Gatwick Master Plan

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

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

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 29th January 2015 are now available on this website.  The full minutes of the meeting will appear on this website in due course. In the meantime here are the Key Messages from the meeting. The next meeting of GATCOM will be held in the Hilton Hotel, South Terminal, Gatwick Airport at 2pm on Thursday 23rd April 2015.

Pictures by kind permission of Stuart Innes, Clare Jones, Natalia Nosova, Gatwick Airport Limited and BAA plc
Page last updated: 3rd February 2015


  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


WANTED: Volunteer to help 38 million passengers

GATCOM’s Passenger Advisory Group is looking for a new member to represents the interests of the airport’s passengers.

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