permits and guides for working on or near the airport


Our Aerodrome team ensures the safety of aircraft taking off, landing, or flying in the vicinity of the airport.

This includes planning for disruptive weather, providing guidance to teams working on the airfield; and working with our local community to review projects that could impact the safe operation of flights.

Aerodrome Manual Airport Directives Operators Briefing Adverse Weather Airfield Maps

We're committed to safely and effectively running our aerodrome. Our manual contains all of the relevant policies and procedures. Everyone at the airport has their part to play.

View or download the aerodrome manual

We share important information and guidance through airport directives (GADs) on behalf of our chief executive officer. These directives are shared with all the companies that operate at the airport. 

If you have any questions about airport directives or want your company to be added or removed from the distribution list, email:

It is the responsibility of all airport employers to ensure that relevant Airport Directives are brought to the attention of their staff. However you remain responsible for your own actions; if in doubt please speak to your supervisor or manager.

Our complimentary briefing about Air Traffic Control operations at Gatwick Airport is designed to assist pilots. It is supplementary information and does not replace or supersede the UK Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP).

In the case of contradiction between this document and the AIP, you should always follow the AIP.

View or download our operators briefing pack

We have a contingency plan for adverse weather which covers everything from the runways, taxiways, aprons, roads passenger walkways, grass areas and stands. The aim of the plan is to ensure we can continue to operate, even in the event of disruptive weather.

View or download our adverse weather plan

Our maps our available to use on your mobile phone, tablet or desktop. 

View or download our airfield maps

Find out more about

Applying for a Crane Permit

You'll need to apply for a permit if you plan to operate a crane or large construction equipment within 6km of the airport.

Apply for a crane permit

Applying for a drone permit

Using a drone within 5km of the airport is restricted. Find out more about flying a drone safetly and applying for permission to fly in the restricted area.

Read more on drone safety

our Aerodrome Safeguarding

We actively work with local planning authorities to ensure that our aerodrome is safe for the aircraft taking off, landing, or flying in the area.

Read our safeguarding policy