Where the Airport talks to its users and neighbours

Date of Next Meeting

Thursday 23rd October 2014 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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Airport Noise
- find out more More about the Gatwick Master Plan

Noise Action Plan
The Airport's noise action plan has been approved by the Government - 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 34 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. Passenger numbers at Gatwick are set to increase to around 40 million passengers per year over the next 10 years.

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 next meeting of GATCOM will be held in the Sofitel Hotel, North Terminal, Gatwick Airport at 2pm on Thursday 23rd October 2014 - the Agenda for the meeting will be issued in due course and will appear on this website.   The minutes of the meeting will likewise be posted to this website as soon as they are available. Meanwhile here is note of the key messages to emerge from the meeting on 24 July 2014. GATCOM has submitted its Annual Air Quality Report for 2013 - see here for details.

Pictures by kind permission of Stuart Innes, Clare Jones, Natalia Nosova, Gatwick Airport Limited and BAA plc
Page last updated: 21 August 2014


  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 2012/13
- now available
You can also see the reports for 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12

Gatwick Second Runway Options – public consultation launched on 4 April 2014 and closed on 16 May 2014 - click here for more information