GATCOM Weekly Newsletter - February 2020 (2)


Regulation 19 Consultation on the Crawley 2035 Submission draft Local Plan

Crawley Borough Council sets out the Council's vision for the development of Crawley from 2020-2035, including strategic planning policies and principles which will shape the future of the town and will be used in the consideration of planning applications, including policies for Gatwick. The draft Local Plan is being made available for representations over a 6 week statutory consultation period closing on 2 March 2020. Click here to see consultation web pages.

CAA Consultation - Airspace classification review 2019-2020

The CAA would like help to identify volumes of controlled airspace in which the classification could be amended to better reflect the needs of all airspace users on an equitable basis. Submissions by 3 March 2020 via the website. Click here for supporting documents and Survey.

CAA Consultation - CAP1875: Minimum Requirements For Noise Modelling

The CAA has launched a consultation on minimum requirements for noise modelling. The CAA believes it is appropriate to specify the minimum acceptable level of sophistication of noise modelling required for the CAA to carry out its duties, to provide clarity to sponsors and stakeholders about the methodology that should be used and therefore reduce ambiguity, and to provide consistency across different groups of airports. The deadline for responses to the CAA's consultation is 4 March 2020. Click here to see consultation.


PM launches UN Climate Summit in the UK

Gov.uk 04.02.20


Latest updates on ministerial appointments: February 2020 - Gov.uk 13.02.20

Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP remains Secretary of State for Transport

George Eustice MP appointed as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



Bloc Gatwick to double in size

BT News 03.02.20


Europe to Panama aviation: Norwegian mulls new direct UK route

Centre for Aviation 04.02.20


The most expensive airport lounges out of Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Southend, Luton and London City Airport

My London 04.02.20


Parts of M23 to be fully closed for 4 consecutive weekends with limited Gatwick access

Surrey Live 05.02.20


Norwegian launches its first UK service to Greek mainland  - Travel Weekly 05.02.20


9 secrets of a Gatwick Airport worker you never knew - My London 07.02.20


Massive redevelopment of Gatwick Railway Station will mean revisions to rail timetables  - Crawley Observer 07.02.20


Forty flight cancellations at Sussex airport due to Storm Ciara  - Crawley Observer 09.02.20


Storm Ciara forces British Airways flight to make emergency landing as fuel 'ran close to reserves'

Independent 10.02.20


Gatwick porters to vote on strike action - Travel Mole 10.02.20


Coronavirus: Gatwick will not screen passengers from China - The Argus 11.02.20


Cathay suspends Gatwick-Hong Kong service - Travel Mole 12.02.20


London Gatwick Airport Wants More Indian Flights - Here's Why - Simple Flying 12.02.20


London Gatwick Airport CEO confirms Vistara seeking Gatwick and Heathrow slots - Centre for Aviation 12.02.20


BA acts with flexible flight re-bookings ahead of Storm Dennis - Travel Weekly 14.02.20



35,000 school children tune-in to 'Aviation Live' - a broadcast designed to inspire the aviation apprentices of the future - 04/02/2020

  • Children from 300 UK schools watched a live broadcast from Oakwood School, Horley and Gatwick - timed to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week
  • Students participated in a live 'Top Gear-style' studio Q&A with past and former apprentices from the aviation industry
  • Students particularly keen for advice on the apprenticeship application process

Thirty-five thousand students from three hundred UK schools tuned into 'Aviation Live' yesterday (4 February) - in a real-time broadcast designed to inspire young people to consider a career in aviation.

Children from as far away as Scotland and Cornwall tuned into the broadcast at Oakwood School, Horley, and put questions to airport staff in a 'Top Gear-style' studio format.

The event was purposely timed to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week and questions were put to easyJet's first apprentice cabin crew member and a Border Force employee who completed an apprenticeship. 

The live broadcast also 'patched in' to two Gatwick engineering apprentices standing beside the runway, while telling the 35,000 viewers about what inspired them to become an apprentice at the world's most efficient single runway airport. 

Throughout the broadcast, the children and young people were particularly interested in getting advice on the apprenticeship application process.

The event was organised by Gatwick and Learn Live - an organisation that brings live learning into the classroom - in a partnership specifically designed to encourage young people to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related-careers.

Liberty Frankland, Engineering Apprentice at Gatwick Airport said: "It was so inspiring to see the amount of engaging questions and the interest that everyone had in apprenticeships. I really hope they came away from Aviation Live with a new and positive view on the job opportunities there are at Gatwick and in the aviation sector."

The Aviation Live event is part of Gatwick's Education Employment and Skills programme, which includes other Learn Live broadcasts and airport roadshows designed to encourage local children to take Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects by demonstrating their relevance to a wide range of careers at the airport. 

Gatwick's broad community engagement programme - which includes Education Employment and Skills - is designed to generate meaningful and lasting impacts on the lives of local communities, particularly the young, elderly and other vulnerable groups.

Tim Rose, Teacher at Oakwood School, Horley, said: "The recording of Aviation Live was a great success and we had 100 Year 7 and Year 8 students participate as a live audience during the broadcast - watching with enthusiasm - and just a little bit of envy, as four of the Oakwood Year 11 students stood and asked questions from the runway at Gatwick Airport.

"The students were really excited and keen to get involved in the programme and were impeccably behaved throughout the live recording!"


Heathrow kickstarts the decade with appointments set to transform the assistance experience

Heathrow 28.01.20

https://mediacentre.heathrow.com/pressrelease/details/81/Corporate & operational_24/12024

Government's independent noise advisors ICCAN confirm that the impact of aircraft noise has been underestimated  - Airport Watch 31.01.20


Aviation chiefs commit to landing zero-carbon plan

Sky 31.01.20


BALPA calls for speedy post-Brexit aviation agreement

Travel Mole 03.02.20


ABTA steps up Brexit activity as trade talks begin

Travel Mole 03.02.20


Sustainable Aviation: Decarbonisation Road-Map: A Path To Net Zero

Sustainable Aviation 04.02.20

Click here for full PDF


Sustainable Aviation: new Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road-Map

Sustainable Aviation


Government must hold industry to account to deliver on its net zero commitment

Aviation Environment Federation 04.02.20


Our Road-Map to Net Zero

NATS Blog 04.02.20


Aviation not the enemy in climate battle, says Heathrow boss

BBC News 04.02.20


Ryanair 'low emission' ads banned - Buying Business Travel 05.02.20


Reducing airport stress, the inclusive way  - Passenger Terminal Today 05.02.20


Can the aviation industry really go carbon neutral by 2050?  - Guardian 07.02.20


Air travel growth slows to lowest rate in a decade

Independent 07.02.20


Airports told to stop using millions of plastic bags at security and find sustainable alternatives  - Telegraph 08.02.20


NATS hosts cyber security challenge for school girls  - NATS 10.02.20


Air Europa in zone boarding test  - Business Travel News 10.02.20


Atlantic 'Big Four' club takes off  - Business Travel News 10.02.20


Coronavirus and its impact on the global aviation industry  - Value Walk 11.02.20


Abta warns of holiday cost hikes without 'meaningful' APD reform  - Travel Weekly 11.02.20


Government considering Flybe stake - Buying Business Travel 11.02.20


Aviation Sustainability and the Environment, CAPA 12-Feb-2020 - Centre for Aviation 11.02.20


Ryanair wins legal battle to avoid strike-led compensation payouts  - Travel Weekly 12.02.20


Is this the start of an aviation revolution? - BBC 12.02.20


Biofuels are meant to clean up flying's carbon crisis. They won't. - Wired 12.02.20


Britons with valid passports could be barred from EU from 2021 - Travel Mole 13.02.20


NATS recognised for environmental progress - NATS 13.02.20


'File it, fly it': the flight paths of the future - NATS Blog 13.02.20




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