Gatwick Obviously

e-newsletter No.75

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Noise Management Board Open Meeting & Night Flight Consultation

Noise Management Board Open Meeting

Tuesday 31st January, 09.30 - 13.00 at Gatwick Airport

If you wish to attend, please register your attendance by Friday 20th January to this address:

The meeting will be open to the floor from 12.00 - 13.00
The Agenda is set out below and available here (PDF - 345kb)
Also below is more detail from Vicki Hughes, Arrivals Review Implementation Manager

The Night Flight Consultation

Notice of the Night Flight Consultation has arrived today. This is an incredibly important moment that will govern the use of our skies at night for 5 years from October this year.
The Consultation ends on 28th February.
It can be found here:

We also have the full notice from the DfT below.

We have not yet studied the documentation in detail. Could we urge you to hold off responding until we have had a chance to review, talk to our fellow campaign groups and advisors and then advise you all of a hopefully coordinated response.

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NMB Open Meeting Agenda:




31st January 2017

Ascot Suite, Hilton Hotel, Gatwick Airport, 10:00 - 13:00

09:30 Registration

10:00 Opening of NMB/4

Agenda item 1: History of the Independent Arrivals Review, Action Plan and introduction to the NMB,
Bo Redeborn, Independent Chairman NMB

10:15 Agenda item 2: Progress Report Arrivals Review Recommendations,
GAL Representatives and NMB Members
- Action Plan update

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 Agenda item 3: Continuous Improvement - Future Work Plan 2017-2018,
Bo Redeborn

An overview of the expected focus of further work by the NMB, beyond the initial recommendations of the Arrivals Revie
- Departure related issues,
- Improved steps to deliver a fair and more equitable dispersal of flights,
- Night noise initiatives,
- Institutional aspects

12:00 Agenda item 4: Noise Management Board Panel,
Moderator: Bo Redeborn

Members of the audience will have the opportunity to seek clarifications from, and to pose questions to, Noise Management Board Members

13:00 Close of NMB/4

NMB Open Meeting - a message from the Arrivals Review Implementation Manager:

Dear Sir or Madam

The next Gatwick Airport Noise Management Board (NMB) meeting will be held on 31st January 2017. The NMB meeting will be held in the Ascot Suite, Gatwick Airport South Terminal Hilton Hotel, commencing with 0930 Registration and Coffee, for a 1000 prompt start. We expect the meeting and presentations to finish at 1300.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you and any guests to the event. This is a public meeting but we will require pre-booked names for attendance, and so I would be grateful if you could email me at with your name, address, and who you are representing, together with these details for those attending with you. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept un-registered guests.

An agenda for the meeting is attached for your information. The format for the morning will be a Welcome and Introductions by Bo Redeborn, Independent Chairman NMB, followed by an update of progress on the recommendations to date. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to seek clarification from, and to pose questions to, Noise Management Board Members. The intention is also to present a draft work programme for the NMB during 2017/18. Gatwick Airport Ltd will be launching its Arrivals Review Year On Update document, (Arrivals Review recommendation IMM20) at the meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you to the NMB meeting, and I would be grateful if you could email your RSVP by Friday 20th January latest. If you are arriving by car, please park in the Gatwick Airport Short Stay Car Park and we will be able to validate your ticket for exit.

With best regards

Vicki Hughes
NMB Assistant and
Arrivals Review Implementation Manager

7th Floor, Destinations Place
Mobile: 07727 013629

Night Flight Consultation - a message from the DfT:

I am emailing to let you know that the Government has today published a consultation on night flight restrictions at the designated airports.

As many of you will be aware, the current restrictions expire in October of this year and the consultation details our proposals for the restrictions that should replace them. We are proposing that these restrictions last for five years, and they are therefore separate to Heathrow expansion proposals.

The Government acknowledges that noise at night represents the least acceptable form of aircraft noise, however night flights are important to the economy - they create extra choice for passengers and are crucial for operation of the time-sensitive freight sector.  The proposals in our consultation will ensure that we continue to balance these competing interests for the next set of restrictions.

We are proposing a cap set at existing levels for the number of night flights from Heathrow and Gatwick, and will end exemptions for almost 1700 night flights operating out of Stansted by including these in a new cap. This will be a strict limit which the airport cannot exceed. We will also examine options for how we can incentivise the use of quieter aircraft by reducing the noise each airport can make during the night. 

Our consultation and the related impact assessment seek views and evidence relating to our proposals that will inform our eventual decision on the restrictions later this year. These documents can be accessed online at and consultation responses can be submitted using our online response form at

I hope that you will take the opportunity to examine our proposals and share details of this consultation with others who may be interested, and submit your views on the proposals before the consultation closes on 28 February 2017.

Some of you may be interested to know that we today also published the annual noise reports for these three airports. These reports can be found online at:


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