Gatwick noise has been reduced by quieter jets, says airport

Gatwick Airport says it has reduced the number of local residents suffering noise from jets.

It says newer planes are up to 50% quieter than older planes.

An airport spokesman said: “The area in the airport’s noise footprint, the standard measurement 57dB leq contour, has reduced by 9% since 2008 while numbers of flights in the last decade have grown 9%.

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“This reduction has been driven by many of the airport’s new routes being flown by new generation aircraft, for example the Airbus A320neo – aircraft which are up to 50% quieter on departure than the current models which they are replacing.”

Stewart Wingate, chief executive officer at Gatwick Airport (photo supplied by Gatwick Airport). SUS-161010-130118001

He added: “More recently Gatwick has focused on incentivising airlines to modify their current aircraft fleet. 97% of the Airbus A320 family of aircraft flying from Gatwick, which account for half of all of the airport’s flights, have been modified to reduce noise.

“This modification was a significant factor in reducing the airport’s noise footprint by 3% in the last full calendar year according to independent noise analysis by the Civil Aviation Authority, despite a 3% increase in traffic over the same period.”

New generation aircraft, such as the Airbus A320neo, will be phased in over coming years.

Gatwick estimates around 30% of its fleet will comprise new, quieter aircraft by 2022, 60% by 2027 and 90% by 2032.

Infographic of existing runways at Gatwick SUS-181017-151009001

Growth plans for Gatwick Airport - including controversial proposals for a second runway - were unveiled in October.

Three possible expansion plans are being put forward - including the conversion of the airport’s existing emergency runway into full-time use - which bosses say could create 20,000 new jobs.

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A spokesman said: “The publication of Gatwick’s draft master plan reflects Department for Transport guidance for airports to provide regular updates on their long-term plans, and responds to the Government’s recent call for airports to ‘make best use of their existing runways’.”

The airport wants responses to a 12-week public consultation it has launched to gather feedback and views on the draft master plan. Visit