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Gatwick completes departure route trial and asks for feedback in the final week of its airspace consultation

08/08/2014

  • ADNID departure route trial finishes today – no other trials are ongoing or planned
  • Gatwick urges people to have their say in final week of its departure routes consultation
  • All feedback will be carefully reviewed and considered to find the best way forward as part of the UK Government’s Future Airspace Strategy

Today marks the final day of Gatwick’s six-month trial of a potential new departure route, known as ADNID. After 11pm this evening, all departing flights from Gatwick will revert to their original routings.

The ADNID route, which was trialled on westerly departures from Gatwick, has been tested to gather data as part of wider work looking at how to use UK airspace more effectively and efficiently, as well as how to make the most of Gatwick’s single runway capacity.

This is part of the Government’s Future Airspace Strategy (FAS), which all airports in the UK will be required to implement by 2020.

Gatwick does not have any other ongoing trials on departing or arriving routes, and no further trials are planned at present.

Today also marks the final week of a wider 12-week consultation Gatwick has been running to gather as much feedback as possible on new departure and arrival routes. The consultation, which started on 23 May, asks for views on three possible departure routes, including the ADNID route, and respite on arrival routes. Local residents and organisations are asked which one of three routes they prefer and for their views on night time respite options.

All data and feedback gathered from the ADNID trial and the consultation will be carefully reviewed by Gatwick. IPSOS Mori will publish an independent report of the consultation feedback later this year. Findings from the trial and consultation will be used by Gatwick to re-visit its airspace change proposal and route designs next year.

Tom Denton, Head of Corporate Responsibility at London Gatwick, said: “We are pleased with the significant amount of feedback we have received from both the ADNID trial and our consultation to date, which still has a week left for people to get involved in.

“Gatwick will carefully review all of this information to ensure we put forward the best solution for as many people as possible, in line with Government policy to reduce the number of people impacted by aircraft noise overall. We expect this to take some time given the amount of feedback we have had and our commitment to giving this the attention and thought it deserves.

“Gatwick believes that changes to its airspace, as part of the wider Future Airspace Strategy for the UK, could reduce the number of people overflown by up to 65% and save around 70,000 tonnes of carbon per year.”

The consultation is available online at www.gatwickairport.com/gatwickairspaceconsultation

Notes to Editors

For more information on the live consultation please visit the Gatwick media centre. High resolution maps detailing potential impacts are available here.

Information about PR Nav

In line with Government policy to reduce the overall number of people impacted by aircraft noise overall, all departure routes from Gatwick now use PR Nav – effectively a ‘GPS system’ for planes which allows them to fly on a more exact route, rather than across large swathes as they did in the past. In the future, there may also be the option of ‘rotating respite’ on departure routes to be used.

A full public consultation on PR Nav took place in 2012 for 12 weeks. An airspace change proposal was then submitted to the CAA and was approved in November 2013. Gatwick became the first UK airport to implement PR Nav in May 2013. All UK airports will have to use PR Nav by 2020 in order to support the Government’s Future Airspace Strategy.

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