Gatwick’s Sustainable Development Commitments

Gatwick Airport Master Plan

As part of the airport’s planning for future growth Gatwick Airport Limited publish long term plans based on projected passenger numbers and its strategy to make Gatwick London’s airport of choice.

Gatwick Airport Limited published its final Master Plan at the GATCOM meeting on 18 July 2019 – click here to see.

Please also see the “Capacity debate and Airport Growth” page on this website.

Sustainable Development Legal Obligations

Gatwick Airport Limited has signed a Section 106 legal agreement with West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council (following consultation with seven other local authorities) which underpins the airport’s growth plans as a one runway, two terminal operation.

The agreement contains obligations which outlines how the airport’s operation, growth and environmental impacts will be managed responsibly. It underpins the important relationship between the airport owner and its local authorities with responsibility for planning, environmental management and highways. Gatwick Airport Limited’s obligations  focus on the following key issues:

  • Climate change
  • Air quality
  • Noise
  • Surface access
  • Land use, development and biodiversity
  • Community and the economy
  • Water quality and drainage
  • Waste management
  • Utility management
  • Action planning
  • Monitoring and reporting

The legal agreement also requires Gatwick Airport Limited to produce action plans to ensure delivery of the airport’s commitments and obligations.

More details about Gatwick’s sustainable development commitments and obligations and its action plans are available on the airport’s website.

Decade of Change

In 2010, GAL developed a 10 point sustainability policy – 10 issues and 10 years to achieve its sustainability goals – this is known as Gatwick’s  Decade of Change. The policy sets challenging targets and go further than the airport’s legal obligations – Section 106 agreement.

10 years on Gatwick Airport Limited continue to publish its progress  and how it performed against its point plan.  Click here to see the 2020 Progress Report

In 2021 Gatwick Airport Limited published its Second Decade of Change sustainability policy in covering the period to 2030 – click here to see.