London Gatwick Airport has launched the second phase of its airspace consultation, which will give local communities an opportunity to provide feedback on the development of specific new arrival and departures routes, east and west of the airport.
Based on feedback from the first consultation, the second phase is much more locally focused and will cover communities of Sussex, Surrey and Kent. It will run for 12 weeks between Friday 23 May and Friday 15 August.
This move comes after the wider London Airspace Consultation, which closed in January.
As the consultation is available online at the airport’s official website, feedback can be given directly.
Relevant members of UK parliament, parish councils and local authorities will also be contacted as part of the exercise, and not only is the airport is also engaging directly with some of the affected communities, but plans to arrange briefing sessions upon request.
London Gatwick Airport corporate responsibility head Tom Denton said: "Our local residents and communities are a key priority when it comes to airspace change.
"We want to minimise noise for as many people as we possibly can – and where that’s not possible – offer respite options as a mitigating measure. We urge all local communities to have their say in this second phase so we can benefit as many people as possible."
The maps and consultation document reveals the possible new flight paths east and west of the airport, as well as respite routes.
Gatwick Airport authorities are encouraging residents to give their feedback either directly or via their local MP or councillor, which will help determine where flight paths will be directed and where respite routes can be delivered.
Residents will also have the opportunity to provide a feedback on noise preferential routes, which define the areas that aircraft overflight can be experienced.
Image: London Gatwick Airport announces second phase of airspace consultation. Photo: courtesy of London Gatwick Airport.